Argyle Cheese Farmer is relocating much of its artisan cheese and yogurt making operation to Pruyn’s Island in Glens Falls, as part of an expansion projected to increase employment from 10 to 17 people over three years.
“We looked for two years in Washington County and couldn’t find a location that worked,” said Marge Randles, co-owner with her husband Dave Randles.
The milk will still come from the herd raised on the family’s farm in Argyle, which Will Randles, brother of Dave Randles, runs.
The venture illustrates the value of neighboring counties working together for the good of the regional economy, said EDC Warren County President Edward Bartholomew.
“We respect the cows in Washington County,” he said.
The Glens Falls Downtown Revitalization Initiative committee has earmarked $125,000 for the relocation in the proposed plan to spend a $10 million state Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant.
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The project fits with one of the plan’s goals to establish Glens Falls as a center for food production, Bartholomew said.
The plan includes developing a year-round facility for Glens Falls Farmers Market, where Argyle Cheese Farmer already is a vendor.
The plan will be presented at a public forum at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in Heritage Hall at Glens Falls Civic Center.
Bartholomew said Argyle Cheese Farmer was added to the plan at the last minute when it was determined a site on Reed Street on Pruyn’s would be suitable for the operation.
It was difficult to locate a site that had municipal water and sewer, three-phase power and natural gas, Randles said.
Cornell Cooperative Extension assisted with a septic analysis, Bartholomew said.
The company will keep the room where cheese ages and its cut-and-wrapping department in Argyle, and the rest of the operation will be relocated to Glens Falls.
Randles said an exact time frame for the move has not yet been determined, but she hopes it will be before the end of the year.