(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the Office of the Governor of New York and received
via electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.) 
March 28, 2013 
National distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods to
invest more than $55 million to construct new facility in
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that United Natural
Foods, Inc. (UNFI), a leading national distributor of natural,
organic and specialty foods, will construct a new state-of-the-art, 525,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution facility in
the Town of Montgomery, Orange County, investing more than $55
million and creating more than 360 new jobs. 
“This is great news for New York and great news for Orange
County,” Governor Cuomo said. “This administration has had a
laser-like focus on opening New York’s doors to business and
creating an environment where companies, such as United Natural
Foods, Inc., can grow and invest. Today’s announcement is proof-positive that this message has been received.” 
This is UNFI’s first distribution center in New York. The new
state-of-the-art facility is expected to be up and running by
fall of 2014. 
“UNFI is pleased to partner with New York State and the Town of
Montgomery to expand our operations here in the Northeast,” said
Sean Griffin, UNFI’s Group President. “We feel Montgomery is the
optimal location for us to better service our customers and
increase our operational efficiencies while reducing our costs
and emissions. We look forward to growing together with this
great community.” 
Located near I-84 in the Hudson Valley, the new facility will
allow UNFI to improve its distribution efficiencies and service
to the growing metro New York, Long Island and New York markets,
while alleviating capacity issues in the company’s existing
northeast facilities. The Montgomery facility will allow UNFI to
enhance efficiencies, improve productivity through “best in
class” warehousing and inventory control systems, lower
operating costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 
The new distribution facility will be the second largest in the
UNFI network. It is expected to open with 223 associates;
increasing up to 331 associates within the first two years based
on current plans for increased capacity to meet demand. The new
distribution facility will feature CO2 refrigeration systems,
robust refrigerated cooler and freezer capacity, and increased
cold chain integrity. In order to encourage investment of more
than $55 million and to create new jobs, Empire State
Development, the state’s economic development agency, is
providing the company with $3.6 million in tax credits through
the Excelsior Jobs Program. 
“Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s leadership, businesses aren’t just
giving New York State a ‘second look’ - they are choosing the
state as the place to expand and grow jobs,” said Empire State
Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams.
“Today’s announcement is a win for Orange County and for New
York State.” 
Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana said, “This is great
news for Orange County. I want to welcome UNFI and congratulate
ESD and our economic development team: Deputy County Executive
Jimmy O’Donnell, Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation
CEO Larry Gottlieb and Orange County Partnership CEO Maureen
Halahan for landing this prestigious company. We look forward to
adding 360 new jobs to our workforce. I would also like to take
this opportunity to thank Governor Cuomo for his economic
development initiatives.” 
Town of Montgomery Supervisor Michael Hayes said, “UNFI will be
a major asset to the Town of Montgomery. The company will also
benefit from our optimal location, the quality of our workforce
and our commitment to fostering economic development.” 
Maureen Halahan, President and CEO of the Orange County
Partnership said, “This exciting announcement is a credit to
UNFI and the work of the elected officials, permitting bodies
and developers of Orange County. The county’s team worked
quickly and efficiently to conduct its due-diligence and
facilitate a great opportunity for all parties involved.” 
Laurence Gottleib, President & CEO, Hudson Valley Economic
Development Corporation said, “This latest win for Orange County
is a direct reflection of the county’s dynamic leadership
working as a team with local, regional and state economic
developers to attract new companies and jobs to the region.
HVEDC is proud to be a partner in this fantastic win for Orange
County, and we look forward to continuing this win streak well
into the future.” 
In conjunction with UNFI’s goal of making natural and healthy
products available to everyone, the business strives to have the
lowest possible impact on the natural environment. As part of
its commitment to Green Initiatives, the Company plans to pursue
LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
certification for this distribution facility once operations
commence. LEED® is a third party certification program and a
nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and
operation of high performance green buildings. For more
information on United Natural Foods, Inc., visit the company’s
website at www.unfi.com. 
Additional news available at www.governor.ny.gov
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