Egg hatchery eyed for Watertown agri-biz park

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WATERTOWN — A Georgia-based poultry breeding company is looking at building and operating an egg hatchery facility in the agri-biz park on Route 3 in the town of Watertown.

CWT Farms International, a 62-year-old company with facilities in Ohio, and several southern states, is talking to Jefferson County economic development officials about building a 28,000-square-foot egg hatchery in the Thousand Islands International Agriculture and Business Park, located near the BOCES complex.

The $10 million to $12 million facility would create 20 jobs and be built on vacant land between the Cazenovia Equipment Company and the Eagle Beverage distribution center, the two first tenants of the ag-biz park, owned by developer Michael E. Lundy.

Chicks would be hatched at the facility and then primarily head off to Canada for the broiler chicken market before ending up as rotisserie chickens, the kinds that are sold at grocery stores, said Jay M. Matteson, agricultural coordinator for the Jefferson County Economic Development Agency.

If the project moves forward, the facility would join Aviagen North America, which operates an egg hatchery about a mile away in the Jefferson County Corporate Park off outer Coffeen Street.

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