Scheduled Ribbon-Cutting Event For Thursday, July 19, At North Lawrence Dairy Plant To Mark Public-Private Partnership To Return The Facility To Operation

July 18, 2012

Upstate Niagara Cooperative, the owner and operator of a dairy processing facility in North Lawrence, will be joined by officials from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and other New York State and local government organizations and area elected officials in formally marking the success of the yogurt production facility and rehiring of 80 employees.  The coop’s purchase of the facility, which had been shut down by the previous owner, was made possible by an allocation of low-cost NYPA hydropower and other financial incentives provided by the state and St. Lawrence County.  

Among those scheduled to speak at the ribbon-cutting event are Judge Eugene L. Nicandri, a NYPA trustee and Massena resident, Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and chief executive officer, Darrel J. Aubertine, commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture, and Ernest J. LaBaff, vice chairman of the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency.

EVENT:                         Upstate Niagara Cooperative Ribbon-Cutting

DATE:                           July 19

TIME:                            1:30

LOCATION:                  North Country Dairy, 22 County Route 52, North Lawrence, N.Y. 12967

(From Massena, head south from to County Rte 420S… Turn left onto New York 11C (East)…Turn left onto Main St… Take second right to stay on Main St…Turn right onto New York 11C(East)…Turn right to stay on New York 11C..Turn left onto Williams Rd./CR-52…Arrive at dairy plant)

(From Canton, go south on Court St. toward Pearl St…Take 2nd left onto US-11/Main St./Rt 68 & continue to follow US-11…Turn right onto US-11/Rt-56/Market St… Take 2nd left onto US-11/Elm St… Turn slight left onto US-11/Lawrence Ave. and continue to follow US-11… Turn left onto Rt-11C… Turn right onto Williams Rd./CR-52… 22 County Rte 52 is just past Factory Rd.)

Ken Voelker, Upstate Niagara Cooperative
(716) 892-3156, ext. 2264

Michael Saltzman, NYPA
(914) 390-8181

About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives. ■ It is the nation's largest state public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. ■For more information, www.nypa.gov.


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