Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Ginsbergs Foods, Inc., the largest independent food service distributor in the Capital Region and Hudson Valley with clients in five states, will expand its operations in Columbia County. Ginsbergs Foods will invest $11.3 million to construct a 65,000 square foot refrigerated warehouse, allowing the company to expand selections across all of their product lines, creating 51 new jobs and retaining 233 existing jobs.
Over the last three years, state government has been actively partnering with businesses to help them grow and thrive right here in New York State, Governor Cuomo said. Ginsbergs Foods is a family-run business that has grown into a well-known wholesale food service distributor serving customers throughout the Northeast and actively supporting the local farming community. The States support of this expansion project will help to create and protect hundreds of local jobs and ensure that Ginsbergs Foods remains a vibrant source of economic activity in the region.
Columbia County has been home to our business for more than a century, says Ginsbergs Foods CEO David Ginsberg. So when the time came to expand, we wanted to stay right here. Not only has this been a good base of operations for us, but the majority of our employees are local residents. Thanks to the support of the county and the state, we can take this opportunity to move forward while still retaining the best of our current situation. Its a win-win for everyone.
During the search for a suitable building site, Ginsbergs Foods considered moving to neighboring states, but ultimately chose to stay in New York. To assist with this job creation project, Empire State Development is providing Ginsbergs with nearly $1 million in performance-based Excelsior Jobs program tax credits. In addition, New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) is providing $516,000 in New York State Community Development Block Grant funds that will be used to offset the costs of fixtures and equipment.
Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams said, We thank Ginsbergs for their commitment to the Capital Region and to New York State. Ginsbergs decision to grow in New York will allow for increased capacity and improved customer service. It will also greatly benefit the states agriculture industry and have a major economic impact on Columbia County through the creation and retention of several hundred employees.
Commissioner/CEO of New York State Homes and Community Renewal Darryl C. Towns said, Under Governor Andrew Cuomos leadership, New York State is more committed than ever to helping small businesses thrive. Ginsbergs Foods will invest millions of dollars and bring jobs, stability, and economic growth to Columbia County. At the same time, the company will help bolster the States farming industry. HCR is pleased to support the expansion of Ginsbergs Foods and we look forward to the companys continued success in Columbia County.
Assemblymember Didi Barrett said, For well over a century Ginsbergs has been a vital component of our local economy. Not only has Ginsbergs committed to keeping its operations and, more importantly, jobs right here in Columbia County, they have also been an outstanding community partner. Creating jobs and supporting local businesses is a priority, and this is a terrific example of government listening and working with private businesses to keep good jobs here at home.
Columbia Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Kenneth J. Flood said, We thank Governor Cuomo for his continued commitment in supporting our existing businesses, new business growth and job creation in New York State. Ginsbergs Foods is a true Columbia County success story. We are pleased with the companys decision to expand its presence in our community and look forward to many years of continued partnership and success.
Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corp. Executive Director Todd Erling said, As an active sponsor and supporter of the Hudson Valley Bounty program, Ginsbergs Foods is a valuable link in the regional food system. The expansion is an opportunity to increase critical capacity and distribution infrastructure for local farms and New York food businesses. Ginsbergs Foods and the commitment to the new project is an example of the regional collaboration necessary to enhance our local and regional food system.