2019 Business Excellence Awards

 

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Think Dutchess Alliance for Business Highlights Leadership and Economic Success in Dutchess County at Annual Awards

 

Six winners awarded highest honors for their contributions toward economic development.

 

November 5, 2019

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. —

On Thursday, October 24, 2019, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business honored six award-winning businesses and leaders at the annual Business Excellence Awards. Nearly 300 C-Suite executives, top government official and proud business supporters joined to celebrate the achievements of the honorees.

“The Business Excellence Awards celebrate success, and our winners represent what it takes to attain that success,” said Sarah Lee, CEO of Think Dutchess. “In 2019 we saw increased visibility of our county in film and television production, international and national media outlets, through new businesses attracted and business expansions. These winners helped build the foundation of our economy to help make that happen.”

 

                                                 

Special guest speaker, Jeff Havens, entertained and inspired the evening’s guests with a well-researched and comedic keynote speech on leadership aimed at improving and highlighting organizational communication. “I am honored to present this group of honorees with an award that is an example of great leadership,” said keynote humorist and author, Jeff Havens. “These leaders inspire us to reach our fullest potential. Additionally, they represent the mission of Think Dutchess to recognize the importance of the individuals in the business sector that lead to great, engaged communities.”

Award winners included:

          •  Small Business of the Year: Earth, Wind & Fuego for their innovative approach to workforce development and tireless work to deliver a transformational experience for both their employees and the community they serve.
          • Large Business of the Year: S&O Construction Services for a phenomenal job over the past three decades to raise the profile and prestige of the skilled trades and their determination to give back to the community.
          • Nonprofit of the Year: Dutchess SCORE for the dedication and impact of the all-volunteer network that bolsters our small business community.
          • Innovator of the Year: Accessadoor for pioneering technology with the ability to impact more than 3 ½ million people and alter 50 year old technology.
          • The Grand Award/Business of the Year: iPark 84 for the rapid reinvigoration and redevelopment of a once-vacant parcel, creation of a food-hub supporting a target industry for the county and plans for continued growth.
          • Special Recognition Award: Charles R. Daniels III for his contributions to developing and supporting economic development in Dutchess County.

      To see more from the event visit our Facebook Page.

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      About Think Dutchess Alliance for Business

      Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is the one-stop-shop for business development needs and activities in Dutchess County, New York. A business-led, nationally recognized economic development corporation, Think Dutchess’ mission is to attract, retain, and expand for-profit and not-for-profit businesses in Dutchess County. Think Dutchess’ organizational structure includes programs in business retention, expansion and attraction; financial counseling and deal structuring; zoning and permitting; commercial real estate; innovation and technology; strategic marketing and municipal advocacy. For more information about Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, visit www.thinkdutchess.com

       

Think Dutchess Celebrates Manufacturing Day

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Dutchess County, NY recognizes strength in region’s manufacturing industry in celebration of Manufacturing Day

The county is leading the way in training manufacturing talent to ensure industry growth

 

DUTCHESS COUNTY, NEW YORK – October 4, 2019 — In celebration of Manufacturing Day on October 4, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business recognizes the county’s history in manufacturing and innovative thinking. More than 7,000 workers are currently in the manufacturing sector in Dutchess, of which 68% are employed in the computer and electronics manufacturing industry, according to NAICS Association. With support from local colleges and apprenticeship programs to help young people find career pathways, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business works with the Council of Industry (COI) to promote advanced manufacturing across the region.

More than 71% of manufacturers cite inability to attract skilled workers as their top challenge, according to HV Mfg Magazine. Due to rising tuition costs, there is also growth in students challenging the structure of traditional education for emerging technical careers, looking specifically for programs that are guaranteed to prepare them for the current labor market. With 135 member firms in the Hudson Valley, Council of Industry works to connect these students with manufacturing employers, helping young people see advanced manufacturing as the future of innovation in America.

A privately funded, not-for-profit, member-based organization made up of manufacturing businesses, Council of Industry’s mission is to promote the success of its member firms and their employees by fostering manufacturing talent and providing education, awareness and support for the industry.

 

“As a premier business-led organization, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is proud to collaborate with the Council of Industry to continue to build the advanced manufacturing workforce in Dutchess County and attract new manufacturing business to the area,” said Sarah Lee, CEO of Think Dutchess Alliance for Business. “With continued growth from established companies to new startups on the rise, Dutchess County is a growing hub for innovation.”

Programs offered by the Council of Industry such as Go Make It, a manufacturing careers platform, give young people a representation of what a manufacturing career might look like with cutting edge technology and advanced skills as opposed to the outdated notion of laborious production line work. COI also connects members directly with skilled workers as the #1 resource for manufacturing jobs in the area, making it a priority to keep job growth and talent thriving in Dutchess County, NY.

In addition to these programs, the New York State Manufacturers Intermediary Apprenticeship Program (MIAP) was created as an employer-led, public-private pilot program for registered apprentices in manufacturing occupations. A 16-month to four-year program, MIAP works with six registered trades: Machinists (CNC); Electro-Mechanical Technicians; Maintenance Mechanics (Automatic Equipment); Quality Assurance Auditors; Toolmakers and Industrial Manufacturing Technicians.

 

In 2018, there were 370 graduates from Dutchess County Community College’s Engineering, Architecture and Computer Technologies programs. With a new southern campus expected to open in fall 2020 this number is expected to rise in the coming years.

 

For more information on the Council of Industry visit https://www.councilofindustry.org/.

 

About Think Dutchess Alliance for Business

Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is the one-stop shop for business development needs and activities in Dutchess County, New York. It’s a business-led, nationally recognized nonprofit organization and economic development corporation, whose mission is to attract, retain, and expand for-profit and not-for-profit businesses for the benefit of Dutchess County. Think Dutchess’ organizational structure includes programs in business retention and expansion, financial counseling and deal structuring, zoning, commercial real estate, innovation and technology, strategic marketing and municipal advocacy. For more information about Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, visit www.thinkduchess.com.

 

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Food & Beverage Manufacturing Industry Gains Strong Momentum in Dutchess County

Dutchess County, NY is a top choice destination for established and emerging F&B manufacturers in New York and beyond. Learn a little about just a few of the companies that contribute to this success.

Brooklyn Food Manufacturer Crepini Relocates in Dutchess County

Earlier this year, specialty food manufacturer, Crepini, announced the relocation and expansion of its production facility to the growing food hub at iPark 84 in East Fishkill.
The new, custom-built 33,000 square foot facility will incorporate state-of-the-art machinery and technology aimed at producing crepes and healthy alternatives to bread and wraps. READ MORE >>

Asahi Shuzo Establishes $28 Million U.S. Sake Brewery

Last year, Japan’s renowned manufacturer of DASSAI premium sake, Asahi Shuzo, announced plans to open its first U.S. sake brewery in Dutchess County.
Set to open in 2020, the brewery will become New York State’s largest sake brewery and produce 332,000 gallons of sake annually. READ MORE >>

3 Reasons Why F&B Manufacturers Thrive in Dutchess County

Dutchess County’s $601.5 million tourism industry and $50 million agribusiness industry help support the growth of dozens of food & beverage manufacturers in the Hudson Valley.
In our new video, explore three more reasons why food & beverage companies are choosing to #ThinkDutchess.

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Think Dutchess Announces Keynote Speaker for the Business Excellence Awards

Please welcome humorist, Jeff Havens, to Dutchess County.

Speaker to deliver keynote filled with laughter and actionable content to build stronger leadership teams.

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – August 29, 2019 — Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is proud to announce the keynote speaker for the 2019 Business Excellence Awards. The annual awards recognize businesses and nonprofit organizations of all sizes and industries that are making a significant economic impact in Dutchess County.

 

Joining the 2019 Business Excellence Awards is comedian and business growth expert, Jeff Havens. Jeff has entertained and educated over 1,000 audiences across North America and Asia combining well-researched business insights with comedy to provide serious solutions in a seriously funny way.

“It’s an honor to welcome Jeff Havens to Dutchess County” says Think Dutchess CEO, Sarah Lee. “Jeff combines a unique and entertaining approach to help us all become more effective leaders. I know he will inspire as much as he will entertain.”

“I’m so excited to be a part of this event and visit Dutchess County!” said keynote speaker Jeff Havens. “I’m honored to be in front of leaders already creating amazing innovations and cultures. I hope to energize even more teams to produce even more breakthrough results.”

Jeff’s expert business growth insight along with his energizing, entertaining, and engaging style creates an environment for real learning and lasting change. His impactful keynote speeches go in-depth on the most pressing challenges in the modern business world. Learn how to improve your leadership, solve generational issues, kickstart innovation, or perfect your customer experience — all while laughing more than ever before. Click on the photo to see more of Jeff in action.

Jeff Havens, Think Dutchess Business Excellence Awards Keynote Speaker

This year’s awards celebration will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie.   This year’s winners include:

  • Small Business of the Year-Earth, Wind and Fuego
  • Large Business of the Year- S&O Construction Services
  • Innovator of the Year- Accessadoor
  • Nonprofit of the Year- Dutchess SCORE
  • The Grand Award- iPark 84
  • Special Recognition Award- Charles R. Daniels, III

Tickets are on sale now.

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About Think Dutchess Alliance for Business

Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, formerly Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, is the one-stop shop for business development needs and activities in Dutchess County, New York. A business-led, nationally recognized economic development corporation, Think Dutchess’ mission is to attract, retain, and expand for-profit and not-for-profit businesses in Dutchess County. Think Dutchess’ organizational structure includes programs in business retention, expansion and attraction; financial counseling and deal structuring; zoning and permitting; commercial real estate; innovation and technology; strategic marketing and municipal advocacy. For more information about Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, visit www.thinkdutchess.com

 

About Jeff Havens

Jeff Havens is not your typical business growth expert. His uncanny ability to provide actionable answers to today’s business challenges in an undeniably entertaining and impactful way has put him in front of over 1,000 eager audiences across North America and Asia. Delivering well-researched and relevant business insight is something a lot of keynote speakers do, but combining that with the entertainment value of a comedy show is not. Engaging, charismatic, and full of energy, Jeff Havens is the only business growth expert who provides serious solutions in a seriously funny way. For more information visit: www.jeffhavens.com.

 

 

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2019 Innovation Challenge Semi-Finalists Announced

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Think Dutchess Announces Four Start-Ups to Compete in Pitch Competition

Four semi-finalists to pitch innovative business concepts to a live audience for a valuable prize package in the second competition hosted by Think Dutchess. 

 

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – March 19, 2019 — Think Dutchess Alliance for Business has announced the  semi-finalists in the 2019 Innovation Challenge. Four pioneering startups will receive mentorship and coaching leading up to a live pitch event where they will compete for a valuable prize package of cash and business services. This year’s competition will be held at Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 4:30-7pm.

“The Innovation Challenge supports companies in the process of creating and evaluating new business and social ventures,” says Sarah Lee, CEO of Think Dutchess. “In only its second year, this event has drawn the attention of high-tech businesses across the region with the potential to significantly impact a wide range of industries including advanced manufacturing, technology and social entrepreneurship. We are excited to watch the growth and success of an extremely talented pool of semi-finalists after this competition— but more importantly, to feel their impact both locally and globally.”

The applicants represent the ideals of Think Dutchess to highlight and develop the role of entrepreneurs and small businesses in creating jobs and attracting future business. This year’s semi-finalists are: Unlimited Tomorrow and Earth, Wind and Fuego, Accessador and United Aircraft Technologies. Think Dutchess will share more about the companies as they progress through the coaching and mentoring process on their website and social media channels.

A panel of esteemed judges and a live audience will determine the winner. Tickets are on sale now at https://thinkdutchess.com/innovation-challenge/.

 

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About Think Dutchess Alliance for Business

 

A business-led, nationally recognized economic development corporation, Think Dutchess’ mission is to attract, retain, and expand for-profit and not-for-profit businesses in Dutchess County. Think Dutchess’ organizational structure includes programs in business retention, expansion and attraction; financial counseling and deal structuring; zoning and permitting; commercial real estate; innovation and technology; strategic marketing and municipal advocacy. For more information about Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, visit www.thinkdutchess.com

Dutchess County-based Innovator, Unlimited Tomorrow, Launches Crowdfunding Drive to Give Advanced Prostheses to 100 Amputees

Preparing their new facility in Rhinebeck, NY, innovator Easton LaChappelle and the Unlimited Tomorrow team announced their latest drive to change the lives of amputees. The facility will soon house state-of-the-art 3-D printers that will produce high-tech, affordable prostheses for amputees around the world.

Learn more about how you can help this Dutchess County-based trailblazer impact the lives of hundreds, and potentially thousands, around the world in the official Unlimited Tomorrow press release below.

 

 

 

 

 

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Unlimited Tomorrow Launches Crowdfunding Drive to Give Advanced Prostheses to 100 People in Need

Indiegogo Campaign Seeks to Provide 100 Tenacious People with Customized, Next-Generation Prosthetic Devices so They can Grab Life with Both Hands

Tony Robbins, the Earliest Supporter of Unlimited Tomorrow, Deepens Commitment;
Will Help Fund 100 State-of-the-Art Prostheses

RHINEBECK, N.Y.—November 7, 2018—Unlimited Tomorrow, Inc. has kicked off the “100 Tomorrows” crowdfunding campaign with Indiegogo to provide 100 adults and children with amputations or limb differences with advanced customized prosthetic devices.

“Those who are missing limbs have the same great potential as all of us—they just need access to smart, intuitive, and affordable prostheses that empower them to do even more,” said Easton LaChappelle, Founder and CEO of Unlimited Tomorrow. “Our crowdfunding campaign allows everyone to do their part to empower amputees to achieve their ambitions—and literally grab life with both hands.”
Supporters of Unlimited Tomorrow’s “100 Tomorrows” campaign include enterprise technology partners Microsoft, Arrow Electronics and Dassault Systèmes. To contribute to Unlimited Tomorrow’s “100 Tomorrows” crowdfunding campaign, or to learn more, please visit: https://igg.me/at/100tomorrows

At least 30 million people around the world are in need of a prosthetic device, but an advanced prosthesis can cost more than $80,000. As a result, many adults and children with amputations or limb differences are forced to use basic, cumbersome prosthetic devices, such as hooks, which limit what they can do in everyday life. Furthermore, children often require four to five artificial limbs as they grow into adolescence and adulthood, driving the cost for their families up to almost $500,000.

To combat this problem on a global level, and give inspirational people the devices they need to both complete everyday tasks and accomplish everything they set their minds to, Mr. LaChappelle founded Unlimited Tomorrow to manufacture prosthetic devices that are as tenacious as the people who wear them—at less than one-tenth of the cost of traditional devices. Unlimited Tomorrow’s prosthetic devices are 3D-printed, ultralight, and AI-enhanced devices which have individually moving fingers and look like realistic limbs. More information about Unlimited Tomorrow’s high-tech prosthetic devices is available at http://www.unlimitedtomorrow.com.

Supporters of the “100 Tomorrows” crowdfunding campaign include Tony Robbins, world-renowned peak performance strategist, who is helping to fund 50 prosthetic devices. He will match funding from other campaign supporters to provide an additional 50 prostheses for amputees and those with limb differences who are in need. Mr. Robbins first spotted the potential of Mr. LaChappelle’s vision, and made an initial investment to help him establish Unlimited Tomorrow.

“Unlimited Tomorrow has the potential to change the lives of millions of people and can have real global impact,” said Tony Robbins. “We chose to turn to crowdfunding and partnerships rather than venture capital to stay true to this mission, and this is something that everyone can be a part of to make a reality.”

“This is only the beginning for Unlimited Tomorrow. Helping millions begins with helping the first 100,” said Mr. LaChappelle. “We could not have come this far without the support of Tony Robbins and our other partners, and thanks to their help, we are positioned to begin the long journey to provide 30 million individuals with limb differences around the world with advanced and customized prosthetic devices. By combining 3D printing, 3D scanning, machine learning, and crowdfunding, we and our supporters can work together to change millions of lives for the better—step by step.”
Unlimited Tomorrow previously utilized crowdfunding to raise $1.6 million to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in New York and grow its team.

About Unlimited Tomorrow

Unlimited Tomorrow, an advanced manufacturing company, provides amputees with next-generation and affordable artificial limbs. Its world-leading solution is an intuitive scalable platform which creates custom devices from start to finish. By combining 3D scanning, 3D printing, and machine learning, Unlimited Tomorrow is putting artificial limbs affordably within reach of the millions who need them.

For more information, visit www.unlimitedtomorrow.com.

Media Contacts:

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jconnelly@jconnelly.com

Sponsor Excellence

It’s the emerald anniversary of the Business Excellence Awards! Be sure to nominate your favorite businesses in Dutchess County who have a reputation for excellence and are leading the way in service and innovation.

Sponsors and advertisers will benefit greatly from this special occasion which plans to be the best yet! New sponsorship and advertising opportunities allow companies big and small to be associated with excellence. Place your team, logo, images, or even a commercial at the center of the largest business gathering in Dutchess County and be surrounded by excellence.

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Past Winners of the Think Dutchess Business Excellence Awards

Over the past 20 years, the Business Excellence Awards have honored the outstanding businesses that contribute to the immense growth and innovation happening in Dutchess County.  We realize that the more that local companies come together, the better it is for all industries- as it results in a thriving business community.

Nominations for this year’s 20th Anniversary Awards are now open!

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We encourage you to nominate the businesses you feel are creating a lasting impact on the Dutchess County economy. Entering the awards is a great way to raise your company’s profile and credibility and often leads to new business opportunity and growth potential.  Just ask these past winners.

2017

2016

  • Barton Orchards- Agricultural Business of the Year
  • Taylor Manufacturing- Manufacturer of the Year
  • Hudson Valley House of Hope- Nonprofit of the Year
  • Hudson Cadillac, Buick, GMC- Small Business of the Year
  • Indoor Organic Gardens Poughkeepsie, Brud Hodgkins- Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Hudson Valley Tech Meetup- Innovator of the Year

2015

  • Dennis Murray, Marist College- Special Service Award
  • The Bardavon- Non Profit of the Year
  • NERAK Systems- Manufacturer of the Year
  • Sabellicos Greenhouse- Agricultural Business of the Year
  • Gus Serroukas- Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Tinkleman Architecture- Small Business of the Year

2014

  • Anderson Center for Autism- Business of the Year
  • The Baptist Home at Brookmeade- Nonprofit of the Year
  • Northside Supplies- Innovator of the Year
  • Solid State Cooling- Manufacturer of the Year
  • Rockhedge Herb Farm- Agricultural Business of the Year
  • The Amendola Group- Entrepreneur of the Year
  • DBS Remodel- Small Business of the Year
  • Groomingdales Doggy Daycare & Salon- Newcomer of the Year
  • Dyson Racing- Special Recognition Award

2013

  • Hudson Valley Renegades- Business of the Year
  • Rebuilding Together Dutchess County- Nonprofit of the Year
  • Echo Cottages Ltd.- Innovator of the Year
  • ModCraft- Manufacturer of the Year
  • Fishkill Farms- Agricultural Business of the Year
  • Lola’s Café & Catering/ Crave Restaurant & Lounge- Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Hudson Valley Office Furniture- Small Business of the Year
  • Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union- Special Recognition Award

Self-nominations are encouraged! Winners within the last five years are eligible to apply or can be nominated in a different category than their previous award. To enter, select the category that best represents the business. You may submit an application in more than one category as long as the criteria for entry are met.  Download, complete and save the fillable pdf for the nomination category and return to Rachel@thinkdutchess.com by July 31, 2018. This year’s awards will be presented in the following categories

 

 

Announcing the REDC PTAC Center at Think Dutchess

March 1, 2018

REDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center Opens New Satellite Office in Dutchess County, N.Y.

Center Will Partner with Think Dutchess to Support Regional Business Development Activities

(POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – March 1, 2018) — Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is pleased to welcome the new satellite office of Rockland Economic Development Corporation’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (REDC PTAC) to Dutchess County, N.Y.  The new site will be conveniently located at Think Dutchess’ office at 3 Neptune Rd, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601.

Established in 1986, REDC PTAC is a free resource for businesses pursuing and performing under government contracts. This includes contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies as well as state and local government agencies.

Aligning with Think Dutchess’ goal to advance business expansion in Dutchess County, REDC PTAC offers complimentary government contracting services, such as one-on-one counseling, educational opportunities, certification information and research assistance to identify potential bidding options. Thanks to its new location in Poughkeepsie, REDC PTAC is now well-positioned to offer these types of tailored business assistance and support services to companies in Dutchess County.

“Our goal is to help as many businesses in Dutchess County to sell their products and services to government entities,” said Lin Simeti, PTAC Program Director. “Our business assistance and support network identify and connect small businesses to the right local, state and federal agencies.”

“As a premier business-led organization, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is proud to partner with REDC PATC to launch its new satellite office,” said Sarah Lee, CEO of Think Dutchess.

“At Think Dutchess, our mission is to serve as a one-stop shop for business development needs and activities in Dutchess County. By welcoming REDC PTAC to join our office, our team will be even better equipped to support, develop and grow business and economic development in the county.”

For more information on REDC PTAC, please visit http://www.redc.org/ptac/ or learn more about its services at https://youtu.be/_mX88Sr18x8.

 

About Think Dutchess Alliance for Business

Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, formerly Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, is the one-stop shop for business development needs and activities in Dutchess County, New York. It’s a business-led, nationally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and economic development corporation, whose mission is to attract, retain, and expand for-profit and not-for-profit businesses for the benefit of Dutchess County. Think Dutchess’ organizational structure includes programs in business retention and expansion, financial counseling and deal structuring, zoning, commercial real estate, innovation and technology, strategic marketing and municipal advocacy. For more information about Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, visit www.thinkduchess.com.

 

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direct: 845.463.5401

email: rachel@thinkdutchess.com

 

Asahi Shuzo International Establishes New York’s Largest Sake Brewery in Dutchess County

The Japanese company will invest more than $28 million and create 32 new jobs in Hyde Park, N.Y.

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Japanese brewing company Asahi Shuzo International today announced plans to open its first U.S. sake brewery in Dutchess County, N.Y. A maker of world-renowned DASSAI premium sake, the company will invest more than $28 million in a vacant building in Hyde Park, N.Y., aiming to produce more than 332,000 gallons of sake annually. The company’s international expansion will create 32 new jobs.

As part of its decision to expand in Dutchess County, Asahi Shuzo will also partner with the Culinary Institute of America on future R&D opportunities, including the development of new curriculum, certification programs, workshops and special events. The partnership will seek to increase the awareness of sake within the United States market.International Sake Company Moves to Dutchess County

“When looking for a site to build our first U.S. brewery, we knew we wanted to differentiate ourselves from other sake brewers,” said Asahi Shuzo Chairman, Hiroshi Sakurai. “The proximity to The CIA, located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, is an ideal fit. We are excited to cultivate this new relationship.”

To encourage Asahi Shuzo’s growth in Dutchess County, the Think Dutchess Alliance for Business helped Asahi Shuzo secure the new property and appropriate zoning amendments, along with the Town of Hyde Park. Additionally, Empire State Development offered the company up to $588,235 in performance-based tax credits through the Excelsior Jobs Program.

“We’re proud to welcome Japanese brewing company Asahi Shuzo International to Hyde Park, N.Y.,” said Sarah Lee, CEO of Think Dutchess. “The fact that an international beverage producer has chosen to expand in Dutchess County for its first U.S. location proves how fast-growing and innovative our craft beverage and agri-business industry truly is.”

Source: Empire State Development and The Culinary Institute of America  

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