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Food maker to open in Westfield

May 25, 2016
By Nicole Gugino - , Westfield Republican
The Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency Board of Directors recently rolled out a tax agreement that will bring a food manufacturer to Westfield. It also took action on several loans and agreements. The board unanimously approved two resolutions concerning The Original Crunch Roll Factory, which is set to open at 75 Bourne St. in Westfield. Westfield Development Corporation Executive Director Aaron Resnik attended the meeting to show his support for the CCIDA taking action to help the new business that will occupy the former pierogi factory. “The organization I represent, along with the municipalities stand ready to support the IDA and The Original Crunch Roll factory in any way we can to welcome and grow their business in Chautauqua County,” he said. CCIDA Business Development Manager Kristine Morabito explained the public hearing on April 19 was very positive. The CCIDA board reviewed the preliminary resolution for The Original Crunch Roll Factory in March. “The company is looking to establish operations in Westfield on Bourne Street, right in the industrial corridor, and be a food manufacturing facility, at least initially with the Crunch Roll. Hopefully things will go well and that could lead to other products as well in the future. They expect to start operations with about 14 employees and grow to 40-50 within five years. Their product is already in restaurants in Western New York, they have some distribution already secured with names that you would already recognize and they are also working with others as well,” she said. Board member and County Legislator George Borrello said he experienced the Crunchy Roll first hand. “I went to the Anchor Bar in downtown Buffalo and I ordered some of the Crunch Rolls just to make sure we were all going to be secure about this,” he joked. “Let me say, not only are they delicious, it’s a really See FOOD, Page A2 unique product, the way it’s prepared. You all know I work in the hospitality industry and I spend a lot of time sampling a lot of food all over the country. This is really a unique product and I hope it’s really going to make a big splash in the industry.” The board approved a negative declaration on the State Environmental Quality Review short form and a tax lease for the facility. The board also unanimously approved a resolution to consent to sublease between S. Howes and Kentucky LLC TBD. “S. Howes is in the process of selling the assets of its corporation to Kentucky LLC, which is a controlled affiliate of Carrier Vibrating Equipment Inc. S. Howes is going to retain the title to the real estate. As part of that, they will be subletting the real estate to this affiliate and since we own title pursuant to a tax lease on a PILOT that was entered into in 2013, administratively we’re required to consent to that sublease,” CCIDA Chief Financial Officer Richard Dixon explained. Morabito said S. Howes is excited because this agreement will allow them to add a product line and increase volume, hopefully increasing employment. Borrello said S. Howes has been in the village of Silver Creek since 1856. “They’ve been there a very, very long time and they’ve made anything from parts for cereal manufacturing to spacecraft. They’re a staple in Silver Creek and Chautauqua County, so I’m glad to hear they’re staying,” he said. The board also approved resolutions to amend the bond documents for JCC Development Corporation to change its $12 million bond for dormitories from variable to fixed rate and approve $70,000 in loans from the ALTech Loan Fund and the Chautauqua Revolving Loan Fund for Jamestown Rental Property LLC to renovate a building on Third Street in Jamestown.


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