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Byrne Dairy to expand DeWitt Ultra Dairy facility in $28M project, create 64 jobs

By Eric Reinhardt (ereinhardt@cnybj.com)

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Byrne Dairy plans a $28 million expansion of its plant at 6750 W. Benedict Road in the town of DeWitt. The project will create 64 new jobs and 125 construction jobs, the company said in a news release. It expects the expansion project will wrap up in early 2021. (Photo credit: Byrne Dairy)

DeWITT, N.Y. — Byrne Dairy on Thursday announced a $28 million expansion of its Ultra Dairy facility at 6750 W. Benedict Road in the town of DeWitt. 

The project is expected to create 64 new full-time positions, as well as 125 construction jobs, the company said in a news release.

Byrne Dairy expects the project’s construction effort to finish by January 2021 with full production beginning a few months later in April.

The expansion will include about 22,500 square feet of processing and production area that will allow Byrne Dairy to get involved in the aseptic milk and beverage business, the company said.

Aseptic processing is widely used outside the U.S. and allows milk and other beverages to be stored at room temperature for up to one year.

“Aseptic processing and packaging is the logical next step for Byrne,” Carl Byrne, president and CEO of Byrne Dairy, said. “Consumers are looking for products with longer shelf life. They also want products that can be ordered online and delivered to their door.”

Byrne noted that this will be the facility’s fourth expansion since its establishment in 2004. “We’re excited to have this opportunity to continue to invest in our business,” he added.

Byrne Dairy worked with New York Empire State Development and the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency (OCIDA) to secure incentives to help pay for the project.  Empire State Development has provided $5 million in capital grants and job-creation tax credits to assist the project.

OCIDA has agreed to provide Byrne Dairy with sales-tax exemptions on equipment and materials valued at $400,000. OCIDA has also agreed to a property-tax abatement valued at $224,336 over 10 years.

Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon called the expansion project “welcome and encouraging news.”  

“The investment and expansion being made at the Byrne facility right here in DeWitt is also an inspiring example of our local companies being able to not just survive, but thrive in the economy of today,” McMahon said. “With over 60 new permanent jobs being created, 125 construction jobs and the retention of almost 200 more, our entire community can take great pride in this homegrown company. Byrne continues to keep pace with growing technology and demand for innovative ways to safely source food and dairy products and this aseptic processing capability brings a sophisticated food preservation know-how that allows for an extended shelf life while optimizing food product quality right here to Onondaga County.”