A popular food company’s plan to build a $95 million plant in the Hudson Valley was approved. Officials believe this could lead to almost 1,000 new jobs.

U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer announced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a federal permit that allows Amy’s Kitchen to begin construction in Goshen.

Last year, Schumer urged Army Corps to expedite reviews so Amy’s Kitchen could turn vacant property in Orange County into a major distribution center. Amy’s Kitchen intends to turn the empty property, located between 100 Echo Lake Road and Route 17M, into a $95 million, 369,000-square-foot meal-manufacturing plant.

The approval is expected to create 700 local jobs, with a strong chance of expanding to 1,000 jobs.

“It’s time for Amy’s Kitchen to start cooking in Orange County, Schumer stated. “And guess what is on the menu? Jobs, jobs, jobs!”

The California-based family-owned company cooks meals from wholesome, non-GMO and organic ingredients. The company has historically relied on local communities and small businesses to provide ingredients. Its products are sold at many large national retail chains, including ShopRite, Price Chopper and Wal-Mart.

Amy’s offers over 250 products including gluten-free, dairy-free, low sodium, light, vegan options. The company produces pizzas, burritos, veggie burgers, bowls, pot pies, snacks, cakes, soups, beans, pasta sauces, salsas, and more.

In 2014, Amy’s Kitchen announced plans to build in Goshen. The federal permit now gives the company the green light. Construction is set to begin early this year.

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