October 8, 2014
Byrne Dairy Celebrates Opening of its Yoghurt Manufacturing Plant
Cortland, NY – Byrne Dairy, Inc., a leading manufacturer of dairy products, celebrated the opening of its $30 million yoghurt manufacturing plant today. Located in the Town of Cortlandville on a former dairy farm, the facility includes state of the art processing, filling, and packaging equipment, as well as a viewing mezzanine to allow future visitors to see the entire manufacturing process. Byrne Dairy will be producing Greek and conventional style yoghurts as well as sour cream at the facility.
“The opening of this plant is the culmination of years of careful planning,” said Byrne Dairy President Carl Byrne. “We really took our time, studied the market and engaged some of the best design and construction professionals in the world to make this a reality,” said Byrne.
Byrne Dairy worked with state and local officials to secure economic development incentives and ensure job creation in Cortland County. “We are deeply grateful to Empire State Development, Senator James Seward, the Cortland County Industrial Development Agency, the City of Cortland and the Town of Cortlandville for their guidance and assistance over the last two years,” said William Byrne, Jr., Chairman of Byrne Dairy. “This was truly a creative and collaborative effort on everyone’s part.”
Senator James L. Seward said, “Our dairy farmers have been the backbone of New York’s agricultural industry for generations, and Byrne Dairy’s expansion in Cortland will help ensure that our family farms will continue to prosper. This plant represents a perfect blend of farming and manufacturing and will help our state remain a global leader in yogurt manufacturing. I am extremely pleased to partner with Byrne Dairy in this outstanding project and look forward to continued growth here in Cortland County.”
Byrne Dairy purchased the former Finger Lakes East Business Park, a 127 acre business development site from the Cortland County Industrial Development Agency. “Byrne Dairy’s vision of transforming this site into a manufacturing show case has materialized, and the community and region benefit as a result,” said Garry Van Gorder, Executive Director of the Cortland County IDA. . “The company has a strong commitment to quality and it shows up in this project, in every way.” The company also purchased the original farmstead from Dick and Phyllis Osbeck whose family had lived on the site for nearly 100 years.
In addition to producing yoghurt for retailers under their private labels, Byrne Dairy has launched its own Byrne Hollow Farm brand. “We’re thrilled with the excitement shown by our long standing customer base,” said Marketing Director Kate Byrne. “Using milk from local dairy farmers, we are embracing choices for our customers to include offerings made with local rBST free milk, organic milk as well as certified organic grass fed milk,” said Byrne. Byrne Hollow Farm Greek yoghurt is now available in local grocers throughout Central New York as well as Tops Friendly Markets, Walmart and Byrne Dairy stores.
While Byrne Dairy’s yoghurt plant is operational, the company has additional plans for the facility and overall site. Future plans include a cheese making operation, tourist facility to allow the public to view the manufacturing process, and an outdoor amphitheater for concerts and other gatherings.