Specialty Sausage Plant to Open in Gloversville, NY


For information contact:  Michael Reese, President & CEO
518-762-8700, ext. 110, miker@fccrg.org

Johnstown, NY (March 12, 2013) – The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth announced today that a start-up company owned by Spanish food products entrepreneurs will soon open a production facility in Gloversville, NY for the curing and packaging of cured meat products.

Pata Negra, LLC will operate the 23,000 square-foot plant at 20 Industrial Parkway in Gloversville, the former home of Perrone Leather. Using technology developed in Spain, the company will manufacture cured meats using US and imported pork and all natural Spanish spices. With the aid of local engineer Stephen Smith, the building at 20 Industrial Parkway is being renovated to create the special drying rooms needed to provide strict controls for temperature and humidity. The firm expects to employ up to 12 people once it reaches its sales target, after the sales ramp up period.

Michael Reese, President and CEO of the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth explained that the company is owned by Spanish entrepreneurs widely involved in all aspects of the gourmet food industry in Spain and Europe (livestock, Ibérico Ham and sausages making, retail gourmet stores, prepared foods, etc.) as well as in other sectors all around the world, including the real estate, robotics, and financial industries.

“We are very pleased to welcome Pata Negra to our growing cluster of food processing companies,” said Mr. Reese. “CRG worked closely with the company over the last year to identify a location for their production facility and arrange financing for the building’s purchase, renovation and equipment.”

Pata Negra LLC is owned by European firm Pata Negra Jan, S.L. The management team includes Mr. Ignacio Rodriguez Saez de Ibarra, General Manager; Mr. Pablo Allende Villanueva, Financial Controller; Mr. Antonio Libran, Technical Director and Operation Manager; and Mr. Alfonzo Blazquez, Production Manager. Mr. Blazquez was the spearhead of the Spanish Chorizo making in the US through his former company, Hispamer Industries, LLC in Fultonville, NY.

According to Mr. Saez de Ibarra, the location in Fulton County is strategic for Pata Negra, which plans to become a major provider of Spanish-style cured meats in the Northeast.

“This location provides us with right location and the water, sewer, warehousing, transportation access, and employment resources we need to be successful,” Mr. Saez de Ibarra said. “We are very pleased with the support we’ve received from the county and local business community and look forward to starting operations this spring.”

Pata Negra will focus initially on producing Spanish Chorizo with US pork meat. Chorizo (pronounced choritho) is a dry-cured pork sausage flavored with garlic, pimenton (paprika) and other spices. Demand for high-quality charcuterie products is growing in the U.S. Pata Negra will supply restaurants and retailers throughout the Northeast through a range of specialty food distributors.

Fulton County: Rich in Resources and Bold Ideas

Fulton County Center for Regional Growth (FCCRG – fccrg@fccrg.org), the economic development agency for Fulton County, NY, proactively aids companies from around the world in building and expanding in Fulton County. FCCRG assists with the many details of site selection, financing, and advocacy at the local, regional, and state levels. All FCCRG efforts are focused on promoting job growth and increasing the quality of life in Fulton County.


Fulton County NY Innovation, Advanced Manufacturing, Food Processing Cluster

Business Expansion On the March

A lot of smart people have to cooperate to create the economic development conditions that will bring a new business to a region. To ensure that companies looking for a home give us top consideration, Fulton County Center for Regional Growth (FCCRG) collaborates with business owners, site selectors and consultants, engineers, bankers, and numerous local and state officials. We tap our pool of industrial development funds, walk the urban, wooded, and industrial park sites with prospective owners, and bring lots of players to the bargaining table to secure the deal.

This year will mark the fruition of several years of efforts like these by CRG and other business and municipal leaders in Fulton County, NY. We are pleased to be adding two new companies to the growing cluster of food processing firms that have moved here from around the world. We’re also actively supporting the expansion of advanced manufacturing and high-tech companies. And we’re launching new marketing outreach initiatives to make sure that people find out about all the riches we have to offer.

Food Processing Cluster Expands

In the next 12 months, Fulton County will look forward to the opening of a new water bottling facility, a gourmet Spanish sausage plant, and the continued expansion of FAGE Dairy USA’s Johnstown, NY’s manufacturing operations.

Crystal Geyser Natural Alpine Spring Water

Crystal Geyser Natural Alpine Spring Water

Food processor CG Roxanne plans to unveil its 160,000 square foot advanced water bottling facility at 325 Watershed Road this spring. The new plant will be the largest in the company’s national string of seven water bottling plants and will employ 33 people, with plans to add another dozen or more in a subsequent expansion. The natural water resources of our region attracted CG Roxanne, and CEG helped site selectors locate the unique 10-acre forest location, which enables the company to bottle Canojaharie, NY water at the source.

A spring opening is also planned for a high-end gourmet sausage processing plant at 20 Industrial Way, Gloversville, NY. The plant will operate as a USDA certified cured meat production factory for food processing start-up firm Pata Negra, LLC, which is owned by Spanish sausage curing experts.

The initial drying room is being upgraded from an existing tannery building and will be able to process 60 tons of sausage at a time. FCCRG was essential in helping the food manufacturing company find and negotiate the site location and is providing major financing for the project.

FAGE Yogurt

Fage Yogurt is produced and packaged in Johnstown, NY in Fulton County.

FAGE Dairy USA is building a new sewage pre-treatment facility in preparation for the 2014 doubling the size of its advanced yogurt manufacturing and distribution plant at 1 Opportunity Drive in Johnstown. The expansion will add approximately 150 new jobs and when completed bring total employment at FAGE to about 390. It will bring FAGE’s total investment in Fulton County to $350 million since it built the plant in 2005. The production of Greek yogurt in Fulton County has had a dramatic impact on the dairy industry here. In 2012, approximately 190,000 gallons or 1.6 million lbs of milk was processed by FAGE on a daily basis.

Said Michael Reese, President and Chief Executive Officer of FCCRG, “We’re pleased to add to the growing cluster of global food and beverage processors who are attracted to our region for the richness of our water and natural resources, affordability of our land, and shovel ready properties and our ready workforce.”

Part of the Capital Region’s High-Tech Expansion

Fulton County, New York is also launching a marketing initiative this spring to attract additional food and beverage companies and other companies to the region. We offer so many attractions – including a strong dairy farming industry, plentiful water, state of the art sewage treatment, infrastructure, affordable land, nearby R&D centers, and an educated workforce.

But Fulton County is also poised to participate fully in the growth of the New York Capital Region as a whole. Our proximity to major roadways, Interstates, passenger rail, and air transportation make this a smart place to start or expand any business. That’s why high-tech companies like medical devices processor Epimed, who began here 20 years ago, have stayed and expanded here. And Wal-mart not only built its Regional Return Center here in 1995, but since the early 2000s has operated a 900,000 Distribution Center in the Fulton County Industrial Park as well.

Fulton County: Rich in Resources and Bold Ideas

For information on what we can do for your company, contact FCCRG.