Emmi Roth USA, a producer of premium specialty cheeses and dairy products, is expanding its operations and retaining its workforce in Penn Yan and Orangeburg, in addition to creating 50 new positions in Penn Yan, according to an announcement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

Emmi Penn Yan will acquire production equipment and expand its existing structure in order to grow its market share in North America, building on New York’s success as America’s official Yogurt Capital.

Finger Lakes Economic Development Center and Yates County Industrial Development Agency CEO Steve Griffin said, “Emmi-Roth continues to be our fastest growing manufacturer, and we are elated that they are investing further in their Penn Yan facility. Yates County has seen tremendous private sector growth and investment in the last few years and this is another great example of our continued success. We appreciate the assistance from Gov. Cuomo and Empire State Development helping Emmi-Roth’s continued growth in Penn Yan.”

Village of Penn Yan Mayor Leigh MacKerchar said, “Emmi Roth USA recognizes the tremendous economic potential of locating and expanding in New York State and the Penn Yan area specifically. Job development is critical to the future wellbeing of our community and I’d like to thank Steve Griffin of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center, Empire State Development and Gov. Cuomo for their efforts to secure Emmi Roth in Penn Yan for years to come.”

To encourage Emmi Penn Yan to proceed with its expansion in Penn Yan and build on the industry's growth in the State, Empire State Development (ESD) will provide up to $400,000 in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits, which are tied directly to the company’s job creation and investment commitments.

“Emmi Roth USA is very appreciative of the support by Governor Cuomo and Empire State Development,” said Emmi Roth USA Chairman of the Board Matthias Kunz. “When we established our operations we certainly had choices, and making our choice to locate in Penn Yan has turned out to be a very positive one. With the great workforce, access to quality dairy products as well as access to our markets, we are very happy to be in Yates County, New York.”

“Agriculture is a major source of economic activity in Upstate New York, and today’s announcement is another example of how the State is working to support the industry in order to create new opportunities for New Yorkers in the area,” Cuomo said. “The expansion of Emmi Roth USA in Penn Yan and Orangeburg will mean a stronger regional economy and further growth in the dairy industry. This company made the right decision in choosing Upstate New York for their investment, and I look forward to seeing them help us defend our title as the yogurt capital of the nation.”

Emmi Penn Yan’s manufacturing facility produces Siggi’s brand yogurt, as well as bag-in-box milk and creamers for foodservice dispensers. The facility is currently at capacity and must make investments to grow its market share in North America. The company’s $11.6 million multi-year investment project, which includes hiring new talent in dairy production and attracting new investment focused on food processing, makes this project fall squarely within the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Council’s (FLREDC) strategic plan.

Lt. Gov. Robert J. Duffy said, "Today’s dairy industry is experiencing unparalleled growth, and thanks to Gov. Cuomo’s leadership, New York State is a global leader in the production and manufacturing of yogurt. With an expanded workforce and business facilities, Emmi Penn Yan will extend job opportunities in the Finger Lakes and continue to cement Upstate New York as the place for yogurt production."

Sen. Tom O’Mara said, “It’s great news that Emmi Roth will continue to help anchor the local economy, expand its operation in Penn Yan and create new jobs. New York State needs to keep taking steps, through incentives like this one and other initiatives tied directly to job creation and capital investment, to strengthen our critical local industries. The dairy industry has long been a mainstay of rural, upstate communities, and we have to keep upstate manufacturers and producers like Emmi Roth growing and succeeding.”

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano said, “The expansion of Emmi Roth in Penn Yan couldn’t arrive at a better time, and I couldn’t be happier to help welcome these new jobs and other economic opportunities. The Legislature and the governor have taken many actions over the past several years to strengthen every sector of the dairy industry, and I remain hopeful that we can keep producers like Emmi Roth succeeding and thriving here at home.”

New York State surpassed California in 2012 as the nation’s leader in yogurt production. The dairy industry is New York’s leading agricultural sector, accounting for more than one-half of the state’s total agricultural receipts. In 2013, New York State became the country’s third largest producer of milk. Compared to 2012, New York’s milk production increased by 2.2 percent in 2013, compared to 0.4 percent growth nationwide. This strong growth represents the fourth consecutive year that New York has registered an increase in milk production.

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams said, “The dairy industry is New York State’s leading agricultural sector and one of our top priorities is encouraging the growth of agri-businesses. Emmi Roth USA will soon be expanding in Penn Yan, a beautiful part of the Finger Lakes and a perfect spot to increase yogurt manufacturing and create jobs.”

Emmi Roth USA, a subsidiary of Switzerland-based Emmi Group, is a leading provider of specialty cheeses. Emmi Group is the largest Swiss milk processor and one of the most innovative premium dairies in Europe. In Switzerland, Emmi Group focuses on the development, production and marketing of a full range of dairy and fresh products, as well as the production, ageing and trade of primarily Swiss, artisanal cheeses. Outside Switzerland, Emmi Group concentrates on brand concepts and specialties in European and North American markets. Key cheese brands include Kaltbach Cave-aged, Roth Grand Cru® and Buttermilk Blue®.