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Maplevale Farms Inc.

County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency

Maplevale Farms – suppliers to the food service industry – had recently built a 30,000 square foot addition to their warehouse in Clymer, NY. On December 15, 2010, a portion of the roof of the Maplevale Farms warehouse collapsed under 7 feet of snow. They had to immediately find new facilities for their entire operation. The main warehouse containing dry goods, along with their entire freezer and cooler warehousing were declared unusable by their insurance carrier.

Project Need(s)
Maplevale needed to find immediate space that could accommodate 100,000 square feet for food distribution that included warehousing for dry goods and large cooler and freezer space, plus Class A offices. If they couldn’t, they would be forced to close a 60 year old business and terminate 145 employees.

Project Solution
The County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) had purchased a 298,000 square foot building from a major food service provider that left the area. Subsequently, the CCIDA attracted a purchaser of the building who is currently in the process of establishing a new plasticware manufacturing company there. Immediately following the disaster at the Clymer facility, the IDA worked with Maplevale Farms and the new purchaser of the building to make Maplevale an immediate tenant. The deal was put together in late December 2010 and Maplevale moved everything 28 miles into the new facility. Their first shipments to their clients occurred January 3, 2011. Today, they are the owners of 200,000 square feet of that building, all of their employees were retained, and they have significantly increased their business in Western NY, Northwestern PA, and Northeast Ohio.