Success Stories: Crown Maple

COMPANY PROFILE: CROWN MAPLE

From bark to bottle, Crown Maple exemplifies the spirit of Dutchess County agri-business

When Robb Turner and his wife, Lydia, began their search for the ideal family vacation home in 2007, they couldn’t have imagined a sweeter deal. After hunting for a getaway in Dutchess County, they landed on a picturesque 800-acre property in Dover Plains, lush with aged maple trees. Soon, neighbors began to tease them about tapping the land’s abundance of red and sugar maple trees for their golden insides.

The idea stuck. A former West Point engineer, Harvard Business School graduate and successful financier, Robb poured his efforts into developing what is today known as Crown Maple syrup. He tapped into the expertise of experts from Cornell University’s Uihlein Sugar Maple Research and Extension Field Station to formulate a production process that would be sustainable, consistent, and create the purest, 100% organic syrup available.

Madava Farms, named for the Turner’s daughters Maddie and Ava, began its Crown Maple operations in 2010. Today, the company employs more than 30 people and produces syrup from 400,000 taps―the highest production rate in North America. Their estate also boasts one of the industry’s nicest sugarhouses, with more than 27,000 square feet of gleaming stainless steel production machines, each optimized for sustainable production.


Crown Maple products have received accolades from The Wall Street Journal and have even held a spot on the White House dinner table. New York chefs at gourmet restaurants like Le Bernardin, Eleven Madison Park and Lincoln Ristorante prefer Crown Maple throughout their food and cocktail menus, while the company’s products also grace the shelves of stores like West Elm, Dean & DeLuca, Trader Joe’s, Costco, Whole Foods and more.

Looking ahead, the Turners are dedicated to further growing their business in Dutchess County. Through a recent county grant, Madava Farms expanded as an agri-tourism destination by adding a café to the property. They’ve also partnered with Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County to provide youth development programs and lead presentations on agricultural real estate development opportunities in the region.

For more information on expanding or relocating your business to Dutchess County, please contact Don Minichino, Director of Business Attraction, at 845.463.5404 or don@thinkdutchess.com.

The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory

The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory

Hudson River Housing has been a cornerstone of community building since 2008. Starting with the Middle Main Initiative, this nonprofit sought to improve the lives of City of Poughkeepsie residents and the community as a whole. In providing economical housing, arts, education and training programs, Hudson River Housing increasing economic impact to revive and celebrate the city of Poughkeepsie.

In 2012, the opportunity to create a tangible expression of hope came in the form of the National Historic Site, The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory. Leveraging existing community relationships and resources, Hudson River Housing redeveloped The Underwear Factory into a mixed-use facility for housing, retail and community programs. Today the building is quickly becoming a community hub which provides education, entertainment, jobs and training programs that are enriching the neighborhood while strengthening the local economy.

Currently home to 15 low-cost housing units and 3 floors of community space occupied by Mid-Hudson Heritage, Mill Street Loft, Spark Media Project and the Poughkeepsie Open Kitchen. The city’s first community commercial kitchen stewards two local start-ups- North River Roasters and Earth, Wind and Fuego. Additionally, more than a dozen food entrepreneurs are now closer to launching start-ups of their own thanks to the ability of the organization to connect all of its arms to create opportunity at the local level.

Our Non-Profit of the Year award winner at the 2017 Business Excellence Awards has helped spark the energy bubbling over in this city on the go.  Attracting business, talent, entrepreneurs and building community spirit, Hudson River Housing and The Underwear Factory continues to propel the development in our region.

 

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