Dusten Rader/For The Recorder
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul shakes hands with a representative of Fage Yogurt Factory in Johnstown on Thursday before taking a tour of the facility.
By DUSTEN RADER
For The Recorder
JOHNSTOWN — Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said she was “very impressed” after touring the Fage Yogurt Factory in Johnstown on Thursday.
According to a news release, Hochul toured the facility to see the results of the New York State Community Development Block Grant funding for the expansion of Fage Yogurt. The project led to the creation of 102 full-time jobs. The media was not allowed to attend the tour.
“It’s a particular point of pride for us to have their North American headquarters right here in Fulton County and in upstate New York,” Hochul said after the tour. “These are good jobs — there are over 360 people employed here making a world class product. I wanted to touch base and make sure everything is going well here.”
Additional Housing Trust Fund Corporation funding was also recently committed toward wastewater improvements that will allow for further expansion of Fage, leading to the creation of an additional 50 jobs.
“I’m proud that the state of New York was able to assist financing some of their expansion a few years ago,” Hochul said. “We had the opportunity to go through the old building and the new building. The tanks behind us are from an upstate New York manufacturer (Feldmeier Equipment, Inc. of Little Falls). There is a strong ecosystem and supply system of support that helps employees upstate — it is very good. Yogurt is New York’s official snack, so I wanted to come out to see where my official snack is made.”
Fage representatives declined to comment.