Pride Pak Canada processing 200 jobs in Medina

MEDINA, N.Y. — Fresh fruit and vegetable processor Pride Pak Canada has started construction on a new 68,000-square-foot facility on 13 acres in the Medina Business Park, creating an estimated 200 new jobs.

The company is spending more than $20 million to build a state-of-the-art facility and install machinery and equipment in Orleans County in order to be closer to its U.S. customers.

“This company will not only bring new jobs to the regions, but will also bolster local farmers and help attract other businesses to the area by being the anchor to this new commerce hub,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “Today’s action is more exciting news for the Finger Lakes.”

“Pride Pak is very much looking forward to this collaboration with Orleans County,” said Steve Karr, CEO of Pride Pak. “This is a mutually beneficial opportunity; Pride Pak is expanding its business and moving closer to its customer base, while Orleans County can count on a positive impact on its economy.”

Pride Pak in Ontario currently exports 35 percent of its produce to the U.S. market. The company packs fresh-cut vegetables for other companies, including Wegmans Food Market. The vegetables are packed fresh, not frozen.

The facility will work with local farmers with carrots and other “root vegetables” and will also package salads, with some of the salads going to Pride Pak’s Canadian customers. Pride Pak expects about 45 truckloads of product each month. The vegetable waste, about 220 tons a month, will be delivered to local livestock farms to be used as animal feed and fertilizer.

The economic support and assistance from state agencies was a critical factor in locating the Pride Pak distribution project in New York State. New York State, through Empire State Development provided up to $2 million in Excelsior tax credits.

The New York Power Authority is also providing an allocation of low-cost hydropower to Pride Pak in return for job and capital investment commitments. Pride Pak is also receiving a $750,000 grant from New York State Office of Homes and Community Renewal.

The Pride Pak facility in Medina is expected to be completed in spring 2016 with processing to begin in June 2016.

Find career opportunities with Pride Pak here.

Source: State of New York

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