Catskill Creamery Approved to be Built On Campus

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SUNY Sullivan has announced that Catskill Creamery, Inc., a new modern dairy processing facility is its first approved business applicant to participate in the START-UP NY program. The creamery, in partnership with SUNY Sullivan through the START-UP NY program, projects an investment of more than $9 million and the creation of at least 56 jobs in five years.

“The Catskill Creamery manufacturing operation will provide numerous benefits to our students, in a variety of programs,” said SUNY Sullivan President Jay Quaintance. “Additionally, the creamery will have a positive impact on the workforce of Sullivan County, and has the potential to help alleviate the struggles that our local dairy farmers have endured over the past few years with regard to the sale of their milk.”

Catskill Creamery will create a modern dairy processing facility designed to be a USDA Grade A Craft Creamery whose primary manufacturing activity will be the pasteurization, separation and homogenization of raw milk. The creamery will produce cheeses, yogurts and assorted traditional and innovative dairy and dairy-related products. Customers will be distributors and manufacturers who wish small batch custom formula.

“Catskill Creamery felt that SUNY Sullivan was the perfect location for a processing facility, especially with regard to its close distribution proximity to New York City,” said Chris Cernik, attorney for Catskill Creamery. “The creamery is thrilled that its first choice to locate – Sullivan County – was accepted into the START-UP NY program. In addition to working with the college, the creamery has worked with the Town of Fallsburg and the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute to develop a wastewater management system that will not burden the Town of Fallsburg sewer district.”

As a START-UP NY participant sponsored by SUNY Sullivan, Catskill Creamery will align with the college’s administration, staff, faculty and students, and will serve as a living laboratory to complement academic development and provide student internships. Ultimately, SUNY Sullivan graduates will be considered for employment opportunities.


Launched by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in 2014, START-UP NY is an innovative tax incentive program that partners new, growing and relocating businesses with New York State’s large network of public and private colleges and universities.

Through the use of tax incentives which significantly reduce state and local taxes for participants, the program encourages businesses to create new jobs while establishing a meaningful, mutually beneficial partnership with its college or university sponsor. These partnerships enable companies to access faculty, industry experts, equipment and advanced research facilities associated with the schools; and create new opportunities for students to receive first-hand experience and internships with START-UP NY businesses. Dozens of colleges and universities across New York State are participating in START-UP NY, with more than 700 approved zones that represent over 7 million square-feet of eligible space for new or expanding businesses to operate on or near campuses. Each college and university’s approved START-UP NY plan is available at


Founded in 1962, SUNY Sullivan (Sullivan County Community College) is a two-year community college located in the Catskill Mountain region of New York. A unit of the State University of New York, SUNY Sullivan offers associate degree and certificate programs, as well as a variety of continuing education and specialty courses, on its 405-acre campus, and through its distance learning program. SUNY Sullivan has recently been named one of New York’s top 10 community colleges by both and