Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration is always encouraging people to buy the state's agricultural products. And as YNN's Andrew Sorensen explains, those local products are having a positive impact on one local business.
LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. -- Sparks are flying as Feldmeier Equipment workers put together dozens of massive, specialty made parts.
General Manager Kyle Brown said the end result is surprising every day.
"If you go into a grocery store, any liquid that you see stored in a container, could have been, and probably was manufactured in equipment that we build in Little Falls, New York," explained Brown.
In their five plants across the United States, Feldmeier makes tanks to store it all.
"Anything ranging from shampoos and hair gels for the cosmetic industry, to milk, and cottage cheese, and yogurt for the dairy industry," noted Brown.
They start at two gallon tanks, and can go as high as 70,000 gallons. And now, orders are increasing for the big tanks. Many of those new orders are thanks to an explosion in the yogurt and beer industry.
"There's been a tremendous increase in the amount of production of yogurt, and brewery work for Feldmeier Equipment," Brown said.
"We're busting at the seams," President Robert Feldmeier said.
To handle the growth, Feldmeier and his father broke ground on a new plant on Friday. According to Feldmeier, most of the state's yogurt industry has used their tanks.
New York State and Empire State Development have been pushing that industry to spur other growth.
"This is part of what we do to support that mission, and we are seeing it happen, and it can happen, and it will happen in Upstate New York, and that's what you're seeing here today," said Ken Tompkins, Mohawk Valley Regional Director for Empire State Development.
The state also played a role, and provided $750,000 in tax credits and grants to secure Feldmeier's expansion.
"And with the help of local officials, as I've said, and the state coming together and providing us the package incentive, we're staying here in the Valley, and in the state of New York," Feldmeier said.
When the new facility opens, it will create as many as 80 new jobs. Feldmeier said many of the jobs will be hired ahead of the estimated February completion date.