DUNDEE—Dundee Foods announced their plans several months ago to relocate parts of the Dundee operation to Rochester.
On Friday, May 28, Dundee Foods General Manager Joe Ferrigno provided some more details for their relocation plans.
Ferrigno said all of their production for retail-based products will relocate to Rochester and the bulk items will stay in Dundee. Ferrigno said, “We’re not going to close altogether.” He said the cooler and freezer units will stay in Dundee as will the bulk oil operation. Research and development will also stay in Dundee. Ferrigno said the Seneca Street production will relocate in the summer or fall of this year.
Plans for changes in the Dundee plant were announced several months ago when the parent company, LiDestri Foods, began to consolidate area operations in Rochester at a former Kodak facility. Ferrigno said there were many reasons for the change, including the fact that there are a lot of people with manufacturing backgrounds living in the Rochester area. Another plus is the fact that the Rochester location allows the company to centralize their operation.
All Dundee Foods employees have been offered positions in Rochester. There are currently about 35 to 40 employees in the plant and about 10 plan to make the transition to the Monroe County facility. Ferrigno said it’s hard to find workers in Dundee now due to the uncertainty of the future here.
Other issues contributed to the decision to downsize the Yates County plant. Ferrigno said, “We never got anywhere with the wastewater issue.” Treatment of wastewater from the industrial operation has been difficult for the local wastewater treatment plant.
Ferrigno said the company has had discussion with some local wineries about possible use of a portion of the buildings. He added, “We had our run. We tried everything. The people have been great. The goal is to keep jobs there.”