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Manufacturing facility leaving China for Rochester
Rochester, N.Y.- A company that sells eco-friendly food service products is moving its manufacturing operations from China to Rochester.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that Trellis Earth Products, a manufacturer of sustainable food service products, will invest $8.3 million to make its new headquarters at the Rochester Technology Park and create 189 jobs.
By end of this summer, Trellis will break ground on a new 80,000-square foot facility in the Rochester Tech Park. The company will manufacture more than 50 million forks, knives and spoons monthly at its new facility.
Trellis also plans to manufacture food service flatware and flexible products including clamshells, school lunch trays and plates at its Rochester facility.
All products will be made from its bioplastic blend that is primarily comprised of plant starch, greatly reducing petrochemical consumption and lessening the burden on landfills. Trellis will be the first bioplastics company to make branded goods in a vertically integrated facility that takes raw materials through all phases of production for food service customers.
As part of the deal, Empire State Development is providing $2 million in tax credits and grants tied to job creation andeconomic goals.
Trellis has committed to creating 189 full time jobs by June 2018 and investing $8.34 million.
Monroe County has also agreed to commit resources, including up to $500,000 in low interest financing, up to $300,000 in an interest subsidy, $50,000 for training and possible rebates on equipment purchases.