Great Lakes Cheese begins work on $518 million manufacturing site

Packaged cheese maker Great Lakes Cheese has begun work on its new $518 million manufacturing and packaging facility in Franklinville, NY, a statement from the office of New York Governor Kathy Hochul said Thursday.

“Great Lakes Cheese was uncompromising in finding a site that worked for our employee-owners, our business and the local community. Franklinville ticked every box,” company CEO Dan Zagzebski said in a statement.

Representing the company’s largest infrastructure investment to date, the new 500,000 square foot location in Cattaraugus County will replace an existing plant in Cuba, NY. Great Lakes Cheese plans to maintain 228 jobs in the region and create an additional 215 positions.

“The new facility – the largest economic development project in Cattaraugus County history – will provide a tremendous boost to the region’s economic growth, nearly double the company’s workforce and increase the stability of our state’s dairy farms.”

Scheduled to be operational in 2025, the plant will consume 1.42 billion pounds/year of milk supplied by New York State dairy farmers.

Great Lakes Cheese also operates factories in Ohio, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin, and another cheese production facility is currently under construction in Texas.