County to treat Fage USA to honor

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday plans to formally recognize the Fage USA yogurt plant for its “commitment to grow” in the county.

County Planning Director James Mraz last week told the board’s Economic Development and Environment Committee that construction on Fage USA’s major $120 million expansion project is “ongoing” this summer at the Johnstown Industrial Park. The company plans to double production and create 150 jobs with the expansion.

But county officials also decided to recognize Fage, which first committed itself to Johnstown in the mid to late-2000s.

“We felt it was important to do a resolution,” county Administrative Officer Jon Stead said.

He said Fage is being singled out as a “growth industry.”

The committee passed a proposed resolution recognizing Fage’s “commitment to grow” in the county. The full board will vote on the resolution Monday at the County Office Building.

Stead noted Fage USA constructed its original Greek yogurt production facility in 2008. The proposed resolution indicates that since then, Fage has been a “great” local employer, its products have gained “national acclaim and popularity” and it has the third largest market share for Greek-style yogurt in the United States with a 14 percent share.

“Fage has demonstrated a huge commitment to the Fulton County region,” the resolution states.

Stead added the Capital District Business Review recently recognized Fage’s expansion as the third most important project “transforming” the Capital District.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at [email protected]

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