Fage gets NY thank you for doubling production in Johnstown

In a nod to the enormous investment the yogurt producer has made in Fulton County, Empire State Development Corp. has awarded $780,000 to Fage USA Dairy Industry to cover the costs of new machinery and equipment.Fage Yogurt silos in Johnstown, NY

In September, the 87-year-old Greek company completed a two-year, $82 million expansion of its yogurt factory in Johnstown, part of a plan to retain 160 existing jobs and create 130 new ones. The company is advertising for lab technicians, maintenance technicians, warehouse and field operators, and according to ESD, has already created 113 new positions.

FAGE is one of 28 yogurt manufacturers in New York, double the number in 2000. FAGE continues to ride on the growing popularity of Greek yogurt as it faces growing competition from other major players including Chobani and Alpina USA.

To keep pace, FAGE has invested $200 million in the City of Johnstown since the company began production there six years ago.

“It’s good news. Fage is a good corporate citizen of Fulton County and a good employer,” said Ron Peters, the president of the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth.

Remains of Vail Mills Drive-In to become office building

CMK & Associates has begun construction of a 2,800-square-foot office building at the site of the Vail Mills Drive-In. The Northville-based real estate company said its rapid growth since forming in 2008 prompted the expansion.vail mills

“We are thrilled to be expanding our fast-growing company once again,” said CMK broker/owner Christian Klueg. “Building an office at this site is not only momentous for us as a business, but we are also excited to be growing on the footprint of such a historic landmark.”

Klueg said CMK’s sales volume is up 35 percent over last year to date, with agents handling $24 million in sales volume under contract. The company expects to close $60 million in sales this year.

CMK Associates has offices in Northville, Burnt Hills, Amsterdam, Speculator and Johnstown, with more than 50 agents and staff. CMK agents and staff currently working in the CMK office across the street from Vail Mills will move into the new building when it is complete.

 A team from CMK Marketing, the real estate company’s sister agency, will move to the new building from an office in Northville. CMK Marketing also has an office in Clifton Park. The certified public accounting firm of LCS & Z, LLP will also be housed on the new site, in an adjacent office space.

“The opening of this new office is of great benefit to the entire CMK team,” said CMK principal broker Bryn Brown. “We plan to use the new facility for training and ongoing education, which will help keep us on top of our game and allow us to bring even greater value to our clients.”

 The drive-in opened in 1948 and has been closed since 1987. Land has been sold from the original parking field to neighboring businesses and developers. The marquee from the drive-in days remains on the property and has been used to advertise the sale of modular homes.

 CMK plans to restore the sign.