Crowley Plant Gets New Life Producing Kosher Products in Binghamton

Broome County Executive Debbie Preston joined Binghamton Mayor Rich David, Broome County IDA Executive Director Kevin McLaughlin, Zeev Rothschild and Norman Rausman, principals of Mountain Fresh Dairy, LLC to announce that the company plans to begin operations at the former Crowley Plant, 135-149 Conklin Avenue in the City of Binghamton.

Mountain Fresh Dairy, LLC purchased the plant from H.P. Hood and will produce Cholov Yisrael dairy products at the facility. This line of dairy products will be different because Cholov Yisrael products are under the highest standards of kosher supervision. The company expects to employ ninety people, including hiring former Crowley employees where possible.


Milk will be the primary product produced at the plant, but the company plans to expand to product lines including Greek yogurt and hard cheeses.


“This is a great day for Broome County and the City of Binghamton,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.  “One of our main goals is to facilitate job creation and this project will not only create jobs, but will put people back to work who have knowledge of the Crowley facility.”


Principals selected Binghamton as the location for their facility based on the fact that the Crowley plant specializes in milk production and is the appropriate size to run a dairy production facility. Additionally, Binghamton’s proximity to the dairy farm that will treat the livestock and produce the kosher milk will provide a high standard of quality control for the methods required to produce kosher products.


“Broome County and the City of Binghamton have been very welcoming. Everyone we've worked with so far has been incredibly helpful. We're looking forward to becoming a part of the local community, and growing together for many years to come,” says Norman Rausman, one of the principals of Mountain Fresh Dairy LLC.


“The community support has been tremendous, from the city council and new mayor, to Broome County to the local residents and business owners,” says Gary Bensley, plant manager.  “We also have had plenty of interest by former Crowley employees looking to come back to work at the plant.  This should give us a strong experienced work force when we open the doors. The plant was almost completely disassembled inside when we took it over. With the help of many local contractors and some former Crowley plant employees we were able to re-install the equipment needed to make it a working dairy plant again.”


Mountain Fresh Dairy, LLC received loan financing from the Broome County Industrial Development Agency and the Binghamton Local Development Corporation to assist with purchasing machinery and equipment.


“This is an exciting project,” said Kevin McLaughlin, executive director of the Broome County Industrial Development Agency. “Finding a company that can utilize the specialized design of the Crowley plant isn’t easy to do. We’re looking forward to a long-term partnership with Mountain Fresh.”


“It’s exciting to bring a vacant manufacturing building back to life,” said Mayor David. “This is the latest example of a business investing its dollars — and faith — in the economic development potential of our City.”


Products produced from this facility will serve large markets along the East Coast including New York, Miami, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Toronto.




11/19/2014 - 11:49am