Leprino Foods Company

Albtertsons – United Supermarkets, LLC: Business, government and civic leaders helped break ground Monday for a new Albertsons Market at 808 N. Canal in Carlsbad. The new construction will replace the existing location and is nearly 40 percent larger. The 59,000 square foot store will feature some amenities like fresh sushi, an outdoor patio and a full service Starbucks coffee shop.

Highland Baking

Highland Baking Co. (HBC) currently has two production facilities, one located just outside of Chicago and one on Asheville Highway in Spartanburg, which opened in 2012 and quickly reached its production and employment capacities. The company currently employs 210 full-time workers in Spartanburg and operates two production lines for three shifts each day, maxing out its available cold storage space. The Innovate Fund’s investment will pay for an expansion of HBC’s cold storage space, allowing the company to continue its fast-paced growth by adding a third production line. This will produce 170 new direct jobs in a community with 47 percent poverty and 17.4 percent unemployment.

Nueske’s Meats

This project involved expanding a facility for meat a manufacturer. Nueske’s Meats is a third-generation family owned business, manufacturing award winning applewood smoked meats. Expanding the manufacturing space retained 135 jobs and created 66 new, pernament jobs.

Essex Crossing

Essex Crossing includes 1,000 residential for-sale and rental units, a 15,000 sf public park, a 10,000 sf rooftop urban farm and 1.9 million square feet of residential, commercial, and community space.

27 Chandler Street

The adaptive reuse of a former refrigeration warehouse into a community-based food incubator and the third project to use the NTCIC Irvin Henderson Main Street Revitalization Fund. Once complete, the historic warehouses will become a dynamic space for small business incubation focused on the foodservice industry, as well as training operated by SUNY Buffalo State Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The building will house 16 commercial kitchens featuring range hoods, walk-in coolers, and other food production amenities. Thirteen local businesses have already signed up to utilize space provided by the project including an ice cream maker, a chocolatier, a baker, and a small mushroom farm. The space will also include a co-op style restaurant on the first floor, reactivating the former industrial corridor and bringing additional business and development opportunities.

The Thin Man Brewery

The purchase of equipment and working capital related expenses related to the expansion of a woman-owned local brewery.


Ovenly: Provided $600,000 working capital for bakery based in Brooklyn, NY with a focus on quality job creation and providing jobs to formerly incarcerated people and refugees. Ovenly has hired a third of its employees through GOSO and other workforce organizations such as the Ansob Center for Refugees and Seedco. The bakery’s staff now includes people who have survived gang involvement, domestic violence and political or religious persecution in their countries of origin, and workers come from places as far-flung as Sudan, Guatemala and the Bronx.

Ellicott Station Project

Construction, renovation, partial demolition, and reconstruction to a former factory building to be converted to a mixed use facility with commercial and residential tenants (“Ellicott Station” or the “Project”). Ellicott Station is a key economic development project in Batavia, Genesee County and downtown Batavia. It is a designated a Strategic Brownfield Opportunity Area Strategic Site (“BOA”) that, if redeveloped, will have a catalytic impact on downtown Batavia and adjacent distressed residential neighborhoods. However, Ellicott Station is on a contaminated brownfield site that needs to be remediated before it is redeveloped. The contamination not only adds to the cost of the Project, but it also increases the risk for some banks. Consequently, the rates offered by banks are higher and the rate of return on the Project, with added cleanup costs, is not favorable. The City applied to ESD for funding to offset the costs associated with the redevelopment and remediation to make the Project financially feasible for the developer. In addition, the infusion of Restore NY funds, which have been awarded to the Project, will provide confidence to banks and others to invest in the Project by spreading and reducing the risk. This funding will further the on-going strategy to build and sustain healthy neighborhoods by leveraging a variety of public and private resources. The $20M project features the reuse of an existing factory structure as both an entertainment destination and production facility focusing on a locally inspired brewery, outdoor beer garden and complementary office and retail space. Plans also include two newly constructed mixed use structures and associated parking.

Commonwealth Dairy

In December of 2016, the Brattleboro Commonwealth Dairy plant announced another facility expansion project. The $20 million expansion is supported by more than $2 million in state and local funding and incentives. Commonwealth is pledging to create 50 more high paying jobs in Vermont and to significantly expand its manufacturing operations. This expansion includes over $600,000 from the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive (VEGI), $200,000 from the Vermont Training Program (VTP) and $1 million from the Windham County Economic Development Program (WCEDP) distributed over three years to support job creation.