New Beech-Nut plant features advanced energy-saving measures

By By the Associated Press

FLORIDA, N.Y. (AP) - A massive new Beech-Nut plant in the Mohawk Valley celebrated its grand opening with a host of officials on hand, including Sen. Chuck Schumer and Congressman Paul Tonko.

Officials put together a package of more than $100 million in incentives to keep the company and its 350 jobs in the area and help it expand to meet a record 21 percent increase in its baby food sales volume.

The new 650,000-square-foot plant is in the Montgomery County town of Florida, about 20 miles east of its 119-year-old plant in Canojoharie. The new plant has been in the works since flooding heavily damaged the old factory along the Mohawk River in 2006.

When it's fully operational, the plant will employ nearly 500 people.

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