Planned Watertown egg hatchery awarded low-cost power from NYPA

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A $16 million egg hatchery proposed the for Thousand Islands International Agriculture and Business Park has been awarded low-cost power from the state to help support the project.

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Thursday that the New York Power Authority’s Board of Trustees has approved the allocation of 320 kilowatts of low-cost power from the St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project in Massena for the planned operation on Route 3 in the town of Watertown.

CWT Farms International, Gainesville, Georgia, held a ground-breaking ceremony on a nearly 50,000-square-foot hatchery in June 2022, officially initiating the company’s largest investment in its 60-year history.

The company initially proposed a smaller hatchery producing 400,000 eggs per week in the town of Watertown agricultural park with plans for expansion, but then decided to build a facility that would already include the expansion and could produce 800,000 eggs weekly. The expansion project will help CWT serve its Canadian and northeastern U.S. customers and create 26 jobs in the north country.

“The approved power allocation to CWT will bolster New York’s agriculture sector, create 26 jobs and stimulate $16 million in private investments in Watertown,” NYPA Acting President and CEO Justin E. Driscoll said in a statement. “By leveraging hydropower, the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project remains a major driver of economic development for communities across the North Country.”

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