Coca-Cola breaks ground on $650 million dairy production site in Webster

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New York Construction Report staff writer

Construction is underway on a massive dairy facility in Monroe County. Coca-Cola broke ground Thursday on its new 745,000-sq. ft. Fairlife plant on Tebor Road in Webster.

“We are thrilled to be laying the foundation for fairlife’s next phase of growth as we begin construction of the Webster facility, enabling greater distribution of our products in the Northeast and across the country,” said fairlife Chief Executive Officer Tim Doelman. “We are grateful for the collaboration and support we have received from the town of Webster throughout this process and continue to value our growing partnership with the Webster community.”

In addition to the $650 million investment, New York State will provide $20 million through the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation to upgrade the Town of Webster’s wastewater treatment plant to support added demand from the new fairlife facility and enhance the town’s overall infrastructure.

fairlife, founded in 2012, utilizes an ultrafiltration process to create dairy products with lower sugar and higher protein and calcium content than conventional milk. The company’s new facility in Webster will use an estimated 5 million pounds of locally sourced milk per day, making it the largest dairy plant in the Northeast and reinforcing New York’s position as a leading dairy producer in the nation.

“The Town of Webster is proud to officially welcome the Coca-Cola Company and Fairlife to our community. This facility represents our commitment to progress, coupled with a strong connection to Webster’s agricultural roots,” said Town of Webster Supervisor Tom Flaherty. “With a $650 million investment in our area and the creation of an anticipated 250 local jobs, we look forward to witnessing the economic growth fairlife will bring to the area and the substantial impact on residents and families in the Webster community and beyond.

“As we prepare for a facility of this magnitude, the Town of Webster is making substantial updates to wastewater treatment infrastructure.”

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