Martens Cos., parent organization to the four-generation family-owned Martens Farms in Mentz, was awarded over $1 million by the state for a project that will add 100 new jobs to Cayuga County.
Martens has been growing potatoes in central New York for over 90 years, according to the company website, and its next project will be creating a 150,000-square-foot commercial food processing, packaging and distribution center that will focus primarily on health conscious foods. The project also includes purchasing land and constructing and equipping the new facility.
The project was awarded a total of $1.18 million from two programs under the Empire State Development Corp. The grants are part of the recently announced Regional Economic Development Council program awards. A $240,000 tax credit was awarded under the Excelsior Jobs Program, and a $940,000 grant was awarded from the ESD Grant Fund.