NYPA Press Release

HP Hood Completes Expansion Project in Madison County, Creates More Than 25 New Jobs in Central New York

ReCharge NY Low-Cost Power Allocation from NYPA Supports Approximately 225 Jobs at HP Hood’s Milk Products Plant in Oneida

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Paul DeMichele | paul.demichele@nypa.gov | 914-390-8186

Video: Completed Expansion at HP Hood

WHITE PLAINS—HP Hood, one of the nation’s most experienced food and beverage manufacturers, has completed a $36 million expansion project and is creating more than 25 new jobs at its Oneida facility in Madison County as a result of a low-cost power allocation from the Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ReCharge NY program. ReCharge NY, which is administered by the New York Power Authority (NYPA), provides qualifying businesses and nonprofits with lower energy costs in exchange for commitments to retain or create jobs in New York State.

Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO, said, “ReCharge NY has been a great benefit to Central New York, creating nearly 1,200 jobs in the region since power was first provided under the Governor’s program in 2012. This expansion project by HP Hood is great news for the local community as it signals the company’s strong commitment to the area.”


The HP Hood Oneida facility is receiving 280 kilowatts (kW) of expansion power from the Governor’s discount power program. The power allocation is directly tied to the firm’s completed expansion project and its commitment to retain approximately 200 existing jobs and hire more than 25 new employees.


The HP Hood expansion included the installation of an additional milk production line, cold storage, food security and expanded facility capacity. The Oneida facility produces approximately 113 various milk and fluid products. It supplies major warehouse operations that provide foodservice, retail and wholesale firms with a full line of dairy products manufactured in Oneida and from other HP Hood manufacturing facilities.


Lynne Bohan, spokesperson for HP Hood, said, “We are pleased with the results of the program and would like to extend our gratitude to Governor Cuomo and the New York Power Authority for providing significant support to this expansion project. Having been customers of the Governor’s ReCharge NY program for several years, we’re aware of how impactful the program’s lower cost power has been in sustaining our daily operations and providing us with the ability to reinvest in our facility.”


HP Hood has been a NYPA ReCharge NY customer since 2012 when NYPA’s Board of Trustees awarded the Oneida location with 800 kW of retention power under the program. In addition to serving HP Hood in Oneida, NYPA also provides low-cost ReCharge NY power to HP Hood locations in Arkport (Steuben County in the Southern Tier), LaFargeville (Jefferson County in the North Country) and Vernon (Oneida County, Mohawk Valley). As announced by Governor Cuomo last year, HP Hood is also currently renovating a facility in Batavia (Genesee County in the Finger Lakes) that will be operational in 2019, creating 230 new jobs.

ReCharge NY offers up to seven-year power contracts. Half of the power is 455 megawatts (MW) from NYPA's Niagara and St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt hydroelectric power plants, which provide some of the greenest, cleanest and lowest-cost electricity in the state. The remaining 455 MW is power purchased by NYPA on the wholesale market.
RNY supports nearly 100 businesses and not-for-profit organizations in Central New York, directly supporting the creation or retention of more than 20,000 jobs and nearly $1.2 billion in capital investments.
The Governor's ReCharge NY program is currently reducing electricity costs for more than 760 New York businesses and not-for-profit organizations, and has positively impacted the New York State economy by retaining and creating jobs, and sparking capital investment in regions throughout the state.

There is currently more than 140 MW of low-cost RNY power still available to be allocated to businesses and not-for-profit organizations throughout the state. Learn more about ReCharge NY and how to apply to the program on NYPA’s website.

Sen. Joe Griffo said, “I congratulate HP Hood in Madison County for the successful completion of its facility expansion and for the creation of more than 25 new jobs. This is exactly the kind of project and subsequent job creation and retention that the ReCharge NY program, formerly the Power for Jobs program, was established to effectuate. I would also add that the Hood line of products, which incorporate healthy and abundant New York milk supplies, are some of the most delicious milk and cheese products imaginable and I am very pleased to see this company doing so well.”


Assemblyman Michael J. Cusick said, “ReCharge NY continues to create an incentive for local businesses and nonprofits to remain in our state and provide employment opportunities for residents.  HP Hood’s commitment to providing job opportunities for residents of Central New York, by taking part in New York State’s initiative to create for an energy efficient state, is portrayed through their expansion project.  I am glad to see local businesses, nonprofits, and our State reaping the benefits of this program.”


“HP Hood’s Oneida facility is a major employer for the area,” Sen. David J. Valesky said. “I’m pleased to hear that the ReCharge NY program is helping the company expand and maintain its commitment to keeping jobs in Madison County.”


Assemblyman Bill Magee said, “The state’s partnership with HP Hood to power their expanded milk processing plant with low-cost hydropower is a win-win for our community. The ReCharge NY funding in support of the expansion has created additional jobs, provided new market opportunities for local dairy farms and allowed HP Hood to meet the increased consumer demand for new kinds of dairy products.”


“This project will keep and create good jobs for the hardworking folks of Madison County,” said Madison County Board Chairman John M. Becker. “Congratulations to HP Hood on their expansion and I thank NYPA and Governor Cuomo for their support in this endeavor.”


“This HP Hood expansion is excellent news for the City of Oneida and Madison County,” said Oneida Mayor Leo Matzke. “We commend HP Hood, NYPA, and Governor Cuomo for their commitment to economic development in Central New York.”


Accelerating CNY Rising

Today's announcement complements "CNY Rising," the region's comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $4.7 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan - capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Syracuse, Oswego and Auburn as a destination to grow and invest in.


Now, the region is accelerating CNY Rising with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State's $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion - and the region's plan, as submitted, projects up to 5,900 new jobs. More information is available here.


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About HP Hood:

Founded in 1846, today HP Hood is one of the largest branded food and beverage manufacturers in the United States. Hood’s portfolio of national and super-regional brands and franchise products includes Hood®, Heluva Good!®, LACTAID®, HERSHEY’S Milk and Milkshakes and Blue Diamond Almond Breeze®. In addition to the Oneida facility, Hood also owns and operates four other plants in New York.