The New Face of Business: How the north country is responding

Controller Lisa A. Sawdey and General Manager Les W. Berghorn stand for a photo at the Afgritech plant in Watertown. Kara Dry/NNY Business

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April 2016: Agri-business

Big business in high-quality ag products

Jay Matteson

Jay Matteson

The north country is very fortunate to be home to some of the highest quality agricultural products and businesses. Recently, one of our newest agricultural businesses, Aviagen, was recognized for its excellence as a global poultry genetics company. Aviagen begins operation this spring in the Jefferson County Industrial Park. It purchased the former Morris Northstar Hatchery that operated successfully for several years. Morris Northstar hatched approximately 300,000 chicks a week for export to broiler chicken farms in Canada. Aviagen indicates it is a higher-end hatchery. It will hatch out chicks that instead of growing directly into meat chickens will be used as parent stock to meet other poultry company demands. Aviagen provides the parents for many different poultry operations around the world. Officials indicate many of the chicks born in Jefferson County will be exported around the world. Aviagen is noted as one of the world’s leading poultry genetics companies. [Read more…]

Cuomo mulls giving farmers break from minimum wage proposal

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s office is working on a plan that would give farmers a break from his proposed $15-an-hour minimum wage proposal. [Read more…]

Afgritech breaks ground on 4,000-square-foot expansion at Watertown plant

Afgritech is expanding its Willow Street plant. Photo by Amanda Morrison/ Watertown Daily Times

Workers began demolishing a wall this week at Afgritech LLC, making space for a 4,000-square-foot loading garage to be built at the 200 Willow St. plant, previously the Blue Seal Feeds mill. [Read more…]

Business Briefcase – December 2011

Chocolatiers launch website

Covered in Chocolate, Theresa, has launched its online home and e-commerce site at

Covered in Chocolate is owned by mother-daughter team Jennifer L. Mc- Connell and Susan M. Tanner. They have a storefront at 125 Commercial St. in Theresa and now sell several of their chocolate covered treats through their website.

For more information, contact or 767-5006.

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