Construction has officially started on a $95 million food plant which should lead to around 1,000 Hudson Valley jobs.

On Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Amy's Kitchen, a leading organic food manufacturer, has broken ground on its East Coast hub a 389,000-square-foot specialty frozen food manufacturing facility in Goshen.

"Our open-for-business approach to economic development is attracting transformative investments from leading companies like Amy's Kitchen because we have the locations, business climate and workforce to help them succeed," Governor Cuomo said. "As one of the largest development projects in the Mid-Hudson region in decades, this project will create hundreds of good jobs, boost the manufacturing industry and generate major economic opportunities for the local community."

The facility, which will be one of the largest previously-undeveloped manufacturing plants to select New York State in more than 30 years, will enable the company to create 680 jobs, with potential for future growth, officials say.

Amy’s Kitchen is turning empty property, located between 100 Echo Lake Road and Route 17M in Goshen, into a $95 million meal-manufacturing plant.

"Amy's Kitchen is just the latest business to set up shop in New York, creating hundreds of new jobs and strengthening the economy of the Mid-Hudson region," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "As a growing food manufacturing company, Amy's Kitchen is expanding with a significant investment in Orange County."

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 and 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 Hudson Valley plant will be the company's first plant on the East Coast. Amy's Kitchen also has kitchens in Californa, Idaho and Oregon.

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