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Upstate Niagara to Take over Kraft Plant in August:


The Kraft Heinz plant in Campbell will soon become the Upstate Niagara plant, as the company plans to take over in early August.  Currently, Upstate Niagara is committed to keeping 150 employees, meaning there will be some layoffs as Kraft Heinz employs over just over 300 full-time workers, but Jamie Johnson, Director of the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency, says that the company fully intends “to expand” and that they “want to grow.”  Johnson added that he’s aware of the concerns regarding the milk market and he said that it was a question they asked of Upstate.  “…They were very up front and said (they) aren’t going to bring milk from western P.A. and Buffalo to drive milk to the (facility) that is already there,” said Johnson.



$7M for St. James Mercy:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that St. James Mercy Hospital will be receiving $7.9 million for capital construction and equipment costs for the new facility.  The hospital will also be able to use the money for the new radiology and surgical centers, according to the Governor.  President and CEO of Healthcare, Jennifer Sullivan said that the funds illustrate “…the state’s commitment to rural health care….” 



Corning Inc. Acquires SpiderCloud Wireless:


Corning Incorporated has announced its acquisition of Spidercloud Wireless.  Spidercloud is a leading provider of in-building wireless solutions, optimizing network efficiency and improving user experience.  Terms of the agreement have not been disclosed, but Spidercloud will become part of the Corning Optical Communications segment. 



Parts of Tappan Zee Bridge Coming to Steuben Co.:


As the new Tappan Zee Bridge gets ready to open in the Hudson Valley next month, the old bridge will live on in upstate New York.  The state Thruway Authority announced that portions of the bridge’s deck and its movable barrier system have been authorized to be given to upstate counties, including Steuben and Chemung.  Steuben is expecting six panels, which, according to County Manager  Jack Wheeler, will be used on three bridges and will save the county roughly $180,000. 



Hammondsport’s Village Tavern Wins Excellence Award:


Hammondsport’s own Village Tavern and Inn has once again been honored by Wine Spectator for its outstanding wine program with the Award of Excellence.  The Village Tavern has received this honor for 22 years straight.  Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards recognizes destinations all over the globe as top destinations for wine lovers.  Wine Spectator is a leading authority on wine and it began its recognition program in 1981.  It has three categories: The Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence, and the Grand Award.



2nd Annual Paddle Keuka 5K:


The Finger Lakes Museum and Aquarium in Branchport will hold its second annual Paddle Keuka 5K canoe and kayak race Saturday, August 5th.  Last year, some 60 paddlers took part in the event.  This year, organizers are adding a third category – Stand-up Paddling – in an effort to attract more participants.  Paddlers travel a marked course around the north end of the lake’s west branch, beginning and ending at the museum’s wildlife preserve.  Registration for the event is required.  Get more information at http://www.FingerLakesMuseum.org.  

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