First stop for Amy's Kitchen is the planning board
'Shovel in the ground' expected by April 2015
By Geri Corey
GOSHEN — Giving an update on Amy’s Kitchen, Chief Financial Officer Mark Rudolph said the company is looking to have the food plant operating in Goshen within three years. But first, he noted, it has to get through the planning board process.
The projected 500,000 square feet building, slated for location on 225-acres, between Route 17M and Echo Lake Road, presented a site plan to the Town of Goshen Planning Board last month and has a workshop meeting scheduled with the board to develop the plan.
“Hopefully, we’ll have a shovel in the ground by April 2015,” said Rudolph, explaining, “We have a timeline to get through the SEQRA (State Environmental Quality Review Act) process, then we’ll close on the land and start building.”
Amy’s Kitchen is committed to using local labor for construction jobs, as well as for all services, like electrical, plumbing and finishing work. Once the building is completed, between 600 and 700 jobs will be available to fill all types of positions.
The company is praised for taking the time to cook from scratch, using predominately organic products. Close access to the fertile black dirt farms was a factor is choosing Goshen to situate its new operation.
The company’s first large-scale plant is located in Petaluma, California, the second is in Medford, Oregon, and now Goshen will be the third. Sixty-percent of the company’s sales are east of the Mississippi River, and half of those sales are in the northeast, making New York State a logical area to expand their business.
Rudolph announced that Amy’s Kitchen is opening its first fast food restaurant in California in the fall.
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