LOCH SHELDRAKE - After roughly four years of uncertainty, will the Catskill Creamery make its way onto SUNY Sullivan’s campus? SUNY Sullivan President Jay Quaintance addressed the uncertain …
LOCH SHELDRAKE - After roughly four years of uncertainty, will the Catskill Creamery make its way onto SUNY Sullivan’s campus?
SUNY Sullivan President Jay Quaintance addressed the uncertain status of the Catskill Creamery Inc. during his President’s Report at the Board of Trustees Meeting on Thursday, March 17.
As previously reported by the Democrat in 2018, the creamery, in partnership with SUNY Sullivan through the START-UP NY program, was projected as an investment of more than $9 million and would create at least 56 jobs in a five year time frame. The original plans called for the creamery to be built on an 18-acre parcel farm on College Road.
SUNY Sullivan graduates would have been top contenders for consideration for employment opportunities with the Catskill Creamery Inc.
However, according to Quaintance, the projected installation of the creamery has an uncertain future and is an on-going process with many steps still to pass through.
“Catskill Creamery was the business accepted into the START-UP NY program several years ago … at that time it was an application to participate…and be accepted into the program. That’s just the first step to becoming a viable business,” Quaintance said. “So far, I think the pandemic really got in the way of things.”
Quaintance said that he is in contact with Isaac Gottlieb, principal of Catskill Creamery Inc., who has expressed interest in continuing the process.
Moving forward, Quaintance requested updated financial statements and a wastewater treatment program from Gottlieb to ensure the financial funding is adequate as well as ensure water sustainability from the potential processing plant.
“I want to see a strong commitment before we do something like signing a lease that would tie up this chunk of property that potentially could be enticing to another business that would want to participate in the START-UP [program],” Quaintance said.
“With the new sustainability program and the work that we’ve been doing around sustainability, we want to ensure that the business that would be operating there met the same kinds of standards that we would want,” he continued.
Currently, there are talks between the two parties on these issues and discussions on leasing property.
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