Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Motts LLP, a subsidiary of Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS), is embarking on a multi-million dollar expansion at its Williamson, N.Y. production facility this year. The project includes the addition of new manufacturing lines, updated machinery, and renovations at the plant, where Motts juice, applesauce and other items are produced.
Motts renovation project is another example of the progress we are making to grow business and create new economic opportunities in Upstate New York, Governor Cuomo said. This investment strengthens the agricultural and food processing industry in the Finger Lakes, while also adding jobs to a major employer in Wayne County. Boosting the Upstate economy by supporting projects like this continues to be one of this administrations top priorities.
Opened in 1955, the Motts Williamson production plant employs more than 300 workers and is located in Wayne County, the heart of the Western New York apple growing region. Motts is the leading purchaser of apples in New York.
The Motts Williamson plant is one of 18 production facilities operated by Dr Pepper Snapple Group in the United States. The expansion will create 20 jobs and allow the company to produce its fast-growing Motts Snack & Go pouches. Launched in 2011, Snack & Go has been produced by a strategic contract manufacturer and has grown to seven flavor varieties, offering Motts applesauce in a convenient package that can be enjoyed on-the-go.
Dr Pepper Snapple President & CEO Larry Young said, Motts Snack & Go is a proven winner with moms looking for nutritious, great-tasting and convenient options for their families, and we are very pleased to be bringing its production to our Williamson plant. We are grateful for the support of the State of New York in our efforts to expand our manufacturing capabilities in Williamson, continue to build our local workforce and further strengthen the great ties to Western New York that go back nearly 60 years.
New York State, through Empire State Development (ESD) and its Excelsior Job Program, is providing up to $300,000 in performance-based tax credits over 10 years in return for Motts proposed investment and job creation commitments. The companys investment is key to retaining and attracting jobs to the Finger Lakes region.
Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams said, Food processing and agriculture continues to play a crucial role in the economy of Wayne County. Creating jobs in New York State is a top priority of Governor Cuomo and its great news that Empire State Development could help Motts continue to grow in New York State.
Senator Michael F. Nozzolio said, Our region continues to grow jobs by building upon our strong agriculture industry, particularly apple and fruit production. The news of Motts expansion benefits our hard working farmers, as well as the hundreds employed at the Motts facility. Thank you Governor Cuomo and Dr Pepper Snapple Group.
Assemblyman Robert Oaks said, This expansion is a huge win for Wayne County and the entire Finger Lakes Region. It adds more critical jobs to our already extensive local food processing industry. Thank you to Dr Pepper Snapple Group for their continued investment at their Motts facility in Williamson.
Wayne County Chairman and Supervisor of Williamson James Hoffman said, Thanks to Wayne Countys flourishing apple growing industry, Dr Pepper Snapple Group chose the Empire State to expand and invest in. The multi-million project will secure a good employer for the long-term.
New York State ranks second nationally for apple production. Wayne County is recognized for its agriculture, especially apples, and the close proximity of resources allows Motts to continue to meet demand for its various products.
About MottsMott's, a brand of Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS), is the nations leading producer of branded apple sauce and apple juice. Since 1842, Motts has proudly created delicious and nutritious products for adults and children. Motts continues to provide simple solutions to meet the needs of todays busy families. Motts is available in a variety of juice and sauce offerings, including Motts Original, Motts for Tots, Motts Medleys, Motts Healthy Harvest Sauce and Motts Snack & Go Applesauce Pouches. DPS is a leading producer of flavored beverages, marketing Motts and 50-plus other beverage brands across North America and the Caribbean. For more information, visit Motts.com or DrPepperSnapple.com. For the brands latest news and updates, follow Motts at Facebook.com/Motts or Twitter.com/Motts.