ROCHESTER, NY (WROC-TV) - It was announced Monday March 20, 2017, that OFD Foods, LLC, a leading supplier of freeze-dried food for the United States Military, will expand its operations for the first time in New York State. The company has selected Henrietta in Monroe County to build a new 50,000-square-foot facility to better serve its Midwest and East Coast customer base. The new plant, which is expected to result in the creation of 30 full-time jobs, will focus on providing contract freeze-drying services in bulk industrial packaging.
"OFD Foods' expansion will help further strengthen this region's manufacturing sector and continue to build on the Finger Lakes' economic momentum," Governor Cuomo said in a statement. "With the addition of this new facility, we look forward to the company's continued success in the global foods market, creation of new jobs in Monroe County, and increased economic activity throughout the region to continue moving the Finger Lakes forward."
As the world's largest custom processor of freeze-dried products, OFD Foods, LLC, produces its own food brands, including Mountain House and Easy Meal, for the Emergency Preparedness, Adventure Meal™, and Disaster Recovery markets. OFD Foods is also the leading supplier of freeze-dried food to the United States Military, consumer packaged goods, private food labels, pharmaceuticals, and provides services and ingredients to major food manufacturers.
In order to encourage OFD Foods to construct their $25 million manufacturing facility in New York’s Finger Lakes region, Empire State Development is providing up to $400,000 in Upstate Revitalization Initiative grant funds.
Headquartered in Albany, Oregon, OFD Foods, LLC is a leader in the breadth of uses for adapting freeze-drying technology. In addition to its Oregon facility, the company also has a commercial office in Japan. The shelf life of its products range from three to 30 years, depending on packaging and customer needs.
OFD Foods Senior Vice President of Manufacturing John Damon said, "I was impressed with the communities' pro-business mentality and the availability of high quality, skilled trade training and education opportunities. Both MCC and RIT have great programs."
Today's announcement is intended to complement "Finger Lakes Forward," the region's comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The Governor's office say that this initiative is focused on growing jobs, increasing regional wealth, driving private investment and reducing poverty. The State has already invested more than $3.4 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan which includes investing in key industries such as photonics, agriculture and food production, and advanced manufacturing.
The Governor's office says that the $500 million "Finger Lakes Forward" Upstate Revitalization Initiative in December 2015 will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 8,200 new jobs.