October 23, 2021

Tompkins Co. firms get loans

Loans from Tompkins County Area Development will enable the expansion of two Dryden and Lansing businesses — Emmy’s Organics of Ithaca, which has established a new facility in Dryden, and Dutch Harvest Farm in Lansing.

The loans are part of $86.7 million in capital investment projects sponsored by TCAD in 2019.

One of the companies, Emmy’s Organics, received a $150,000 loan, which will enable the company to complete a $2.3 million relocation and renovation project.

Founded in 2009, Emmy’s Organics makes certified organic, gluten-free, vegan snack food including coconut-based cookies. The company has national distribution, selling its products at major retailers in the U.S. and Canada, such as Whole Foods Markets, CVS, Rite Aid, Wegmans and Sprouts.

“They’re a pretty mainstream organic brand around the United States,” said TCAD President Heather McDaniel.

Emmy’s will move from a rented building in Ithaca to a 20,000-square-foot building at 15 Royal Road in Dryden. The business plans to renovate the building, adding a processing room, offices, bathrooms and new equipment.

The business will employ 27 workers and plans to add five more positions over the next three years, McDaniel said. In doing so, Emmy’s will also be able to bring back in-house production that has been shifted out of state.

“They’ll be able bring back some production they had a co-packer doing on the West Coast,” she McDaniel.

Emmy’s, which got its start at the Ithaca Farmers’ Market nine years ago, now produces more than 100,000 cookies per year, McDaniel said.

In addition to the TCAD loan, Emmy’s also received a payment in lieu of taxes agreement through the Tompkins County Industrial Development Agency, which will save the company an estimated $104,760 in property taxes over 10 years. The business also received state tax incentives worth about $80,000 through the New York State Excelsior Tax Credit Program, and gap financing loans from TCAD and the Regional Economic Development Corp.

TCAD also provided a $85,000 loan to the Lansing-based Dutch Harvest Farm, a custom-built luxury event venue. The event space, to be located at 1487 Ridge Road in Lansing on the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, will consist of two buildings — a 7,000-square-foot barn large enough to hold more than 300 people and a smaller pavilion that will hold more than a 100 people, said company owner Laura Huizinga.

“We’ll be able to have all kinds of big parties,” she said.

McDaniel said the venue can accommodate more people than any other private event space in the area. The project is expected to cost about $1 million.

Huizinga said the event space will be “all about bringing family and friends together.” She expects construction, which is being handled Amish carpenters from Ovid, will be completed in the spring. Huizinga said the venue will open in July.