Sonwil in talks to build food warehouse in Batavia

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Sonwil Distribution is in talks about building a food and beverage warehouse in the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park in Batavia, the company said Monday.

The warehouse would serve food and beverage manufacturers and processing companies within the business park, along with others in the Buffalo and Rochester areas, said Peter Wilson, the president and CEO of Sonwill Distribution, a Buffalo-based warehouse and distribution firm.

“Genesee County has experienced tremendous growth in the food manufacturing and food processing sectors of the regional economy,” he said. “We are confident that the construction of a multi-temperature warehouse facility would lead to even greater success of this sector as well as generate significant economic impact.”

Officials described the talks as preliminary.

“Sonwil has been discussing with us how the multi-temperature warehouse could be constructed in stages to support the food and beverage industry cluster at the Ag-Park and in our region,” said Steven Hyde, the president and CEO of the Genesee County Economic Development Center, which operates the park.

The 250-acre park is home to more than 700 food and beverage industry jobs at companies such as O-AT-KA Milk Products, HP Hood and Upstate Niagara Cooperative.

“With commitments from companies in the region, Sonwil can move forward with their plans for the construction of a multi-temperature warehouse,” Hyde said.

Published by The Buffalo News

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