Allegany County legislators poised to support Belvidere cheese complex


BELMONT — Allegany County politicians will consider throwing their full-fledged support behind a $500 million cheese factory.

The county Board of Legislators committee of the whole on Wednesday unanimously forwarded a resolution calling for support for the Great Lakes Cheese move and $500 million expansion in the towns of Amity and Angelica.

The resolution, backing the $500 million plant aiming to employ 450 workers and use up to 4 million pounds of milk a day to make provolone and cheddar cheese, will go to the full board on Monday for consideration.

Chairman Curt Crandall, R-Belfast, noted the desire to maintain the existing jobs, as well as adding 200 more when the plant becomes operational.

“For many, many years — many decades — there has not been a project of this size and scope that has come, not just to Allegany County, but to Western New York and this region that could have the impact that this project could have,” Crandall said. “So many times in the past — very close, recent history — in our county and neighboring counties we just get a notice that ‘we’re moving out of town, out of state’ by large companies.”

Olean Times Herald

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