Environmental permits approved for Beech-Nut plant

FLORIDA, N.Y. (AP) - A large Beech-Nut baby food factory planned
in the Mohawk Valley has moved another step closer to reality.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has approved all permits required for the construction of the plant in the Florida Business Park in Montgomery County.

State approval for the $124.8 million proposal by the Hero Group/Beech-Nut requires a habitat mitigation plan including 48 acres of land be maintained as grassland to protect bird species, and replacement of disturbed wetlands.

The company plans to build a 600,000-square-foot facility and move out of its plants in Canajoharie and Fort Plain. Officials say plans are to keep about 356 jobs in Montgomery County and add another 135 positions.

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