Schumer Funded EDA In American Rescue Plan With Projects Like Cayuga County’s In Mind; Funding Will Replace Outdated Wastewater Infrastructure To Ensure The Over $100M Expansion Of Cayuga Milk Ingredients And Denkavit-Grober Nutrition Dairy Processing Plants Can Proceed As Planned, Adding New Jobs, And Enabling Cayuga County Industrial Park To Attract More Businesses
Schumer: EDA Investment In Infrastructure Will Keep Cayuga Dairy Jobs Flowing And CNY’s Glass Of Milk More Than Half Full!
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced that the Cayuga County Industrial Development Agency has been awarded a $1.1 million grant through the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) American Rescue Plan (ARP) Economic Adjustment Assistance program. Schumer said that this funding will help construct a new wastewater pumping station that will directly support the ongoing growth and expansion of the Cayuga Milk Ingredients and Denkavit-Grober Nutrition dairy processing plants, supporting dozens of new jobs and generating nearly $107 million in private investment in Central New York.
“I am proud to have secured this $1.1 million to construct and upgrade essential wastewater infrastructure in Cayuga County to support the ongoing expansion of the Cayuga Milk and Denkavit dairy processing plants,” said Senator Schumer. “When I crafted the American Rescue Plan and included an infusion of funds for the Economic Development Administration, it is long-overdue investments like this project in Cayuga County that I had in mind. This project will boost the economy and accelerate our economic recovery. With a new sewer line and wastewater pumping station on the way, these Cayuga County jobs can keep flowing and our local dairy industry can keep moo-ving on up!”
“The Cayuga County Industrial Development Agency is grateful to receive this American Rescue Plan Act – Economic Adjustment Assistance program grant through the U.S Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration. These funds will be used to expand the capacity of the sewer line in the CCIDA Industrial Park, which will better support the existing tenants’ needs, as well as their anticipated needs for future expansions. CCIDA is thankful for the support of Senator Schumer and the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, which helped make this grant application successful,” said Ray Lockwood, Cayuga County IDA Chairman.
Schumer explained that the Cayuga County Industrial Park’s existing wastewater infrastructure that serves the two dairy processing plants is insufficient for their current needs, as dairy facilities require significantly higher capacity wastewater conveyance systems than a typical manufacturing facility. Inadequate wastewater infrastructure can inhibit future growth plans of the companies. But now, thanks to this EDA investment delivered by Schumer, Cayuga County will construct a new pump station and upgrade the existing sewage infrastructure so that both companies can proceed with their current growth plans. This investment will directly support the construction of a 50,000 square foot expansion of Cayuga Milk, which is scheduled to begin construction in 2023, and an expansion by Denkavit, with the combined expansions expected to have an over $100 million economic impact on Cayuga County and support dozens of new jobs.
This project is funded through a $500 million set-aside in EDA’s Economic Adjustment Assistance program that Senator Schumer secured as a part of the American Rescue Plan to accelerate economic recovery from the pandemic and help communities like those in Cayuga County to put people back to work through projects designed to strengthen the local economy and make the region more competitive for good-paying jobs and new business investment.