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National Grid invests $97K to help with Pride Pak project in Medina

Staff Reports Posted 6 October 2016 at 9:50 am

MEDINA – National Grid announced that the company has invested $97,000 in economic development funding to assist Pride Pak Inc. in its new 65,000-square-foot building on Maple Ridge Road.

The company is expected to begin the vegetable processing operation in November. Pride Pak is based in Ontario, Canada, and is a processor of fresh-cut fruit and vegetables. The company supplies fruit and vegetables to retail, food service and ingredient users.

The $97,000 from National Grid was awarded through the company’s Electric Capital Investment Incentive Program. It will help Pride Pak in the construction of the new building, which will be expanded to 240,000 square feet over the next five years.

Pride Pak’s total capital investment is approximately $11.3 million and is expected to create 80 new jobs, with a projection of 200 new jobs once the full expansion is completed.

The Medina Business Park is 155 light industrial-zoned acres of land located in the Village of Medina.  It is a New York State-Certified “Shovel Ready” site.

“We are pleased to work with New York State to bring new jobs in the growing food processing industry in the GLOW region,” said Kenneth M. Kujawa, regional manager for National Grid. “Our investment in Pride Pak will continue the growth and vibrancy of the Medina Business Park.”

Pride Pak, based in Mississauga, Ontario, exports 35 percent of its produce to the U.S. markets to customers such as Wegmans Food Market.  Vegetables are packed fresh and not frozen.

National Grid’s Electric Capital Investment Incentive Program provides funding to businesses to help offset costs associated with upgrading utility infrastructure to accommodate a business expansion or new construction project. Specifically, the program supports business attraction or expansion projects located in National Grid’s upstate New York service territory. Information about National Grid’s suite of economic programs is available at www.shovelready.com.

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