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New York State Homes and Community Renewal Announces $162,000 Award To Help All Seasonings Ingredients Expand, Add Jobs in City of Oneida

Announcement Complements ‘Central New York Rising’ – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow Economy

New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) today announced that All Seasonings Ingredients, Inc. (ASI), will be able to obtain machinery and equipment as part of its effort to expand operations to meet the increasing demand for its spices, herbs, nuts, seeds, baking supplies and flavorful blends, with the assistance of a $162,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Economic Development Program award. With the greater production capability, All Seasonings plans to grow its roster to more than 70 by 2020.

HCR Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said: “What started as an idea to supply small and mid-sized food service distributors with private label spices and ingredients has become a classic business success story. This economic development award demonstrates that Governor Andrew Cuomo recognizes the importance of supporting our small businesses. As they grow, so do the communities around them. This grant is an investment in All Seasonings Ingredients and the future of the City of Oneida – signs that Central New York is rising.”

The City of Oneida, in Madison County, requested the $162,000 award to assist with the purchase machinery and equipment to expand operations at the Oneida Business Park on Freedom Drive as part of the company’s $429,000 project to reduce order fulfillment response time and enhance its custom blending and labeling operations. Over the last 10 years ASI has expanded from 12 employees to 60 and with the award announced today, plans to add 11 more over two years.

The CDBG Economic Development program provides grants to eligible municipalities for economic development activities that create or retain jobs for low- and moderate-income workers. The goal of the program is to fund projects that result in high quality, full-time jobs that provide competitive wages, benefits and training to low- and moderate-income persons.

Oneida Mayor Leo Matzke said, “We applied for this grant to enable an excellent corporate citizen to once again expand its operations. This award will allow All Seasonings Ingredients to meet its increasing product demand, create additional job opportunities and improve our local economy. We are grateful to Governor Cuomo and his team of economic development specialists for this vote of confidence in the future of Oneida and All Seasonings Ingredients. New York State has been a willing partner in moving our local businesses forward. Every new job that is created improves the lives of citizens in our community, and we are grateful for that.”

All Seasonings Ingredients Chief Executive Officer Brendan Farnach said, “Our dedicated employees and management team from Oneida and Central New York have been key elements of our continuing growth and expanding market. We are grateful for the Governor’s support of the economic development award as it will enable us to both provide high quality seasonings to more clients, and to hire more people to meet the demand.”

Accelerating Central NY Rising
Today's announcement complements “Central NY Rising,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $4.7 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Syracuse, Oswego and Auburn as a destination to grow and invest in.

Now, the region is accelerating Central NY Rising with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 5,900 new jobs. More information is available here.

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