Italian company to take over Chautauqua County cheese plant, saving 80 jobs

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ASHVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — 80 Chautauqua County jobs will be saved after an Italian company agreed to purchase the Empire Specialty Cheese plant in Ashville.

The plant, which makes mozzarella and ricotta cheese, was previously “in a difficult financial situation” due to constraints and needed improvements.

Nuova Castelli Group will invest several million dollars into the manufacturing facility, which will include the additions of new machinery and equipment.

“We want to make sure the dairy industry continues to thrive in Western New York,” Empire State Development President Howard Zemsky said. “For more than a century Castelli has worked to consistently produce high quality cheese products in Italy and its purchase of the Ashville facility, as well as its commitment to retaining all of the plant’s jobs, is a huge win.”

Empire State Development plans to provide a $500,000 capital grant and a $5.5 million loan in exchange for jobs and investment.

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