ESD Announces Grand Opening of New ScottsMiracle-Gro Manufacturing Facility in Monroe County

New 60,318 Square-Foot Plant is Located in the Town of Riga; at Least 20 New Full-Time Jobs Will be Created

November 9, 2017

Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that ScottsMiracle-Gro has officially opened the doors on its’ new manufacturing plant in Riga, Monroe County.  The plant, which will service customers throughout upstate New York, will produce many of the company’s signature lawn and garden products including mulches, premium topsoil and garden soil lines, potting mixes, fertilizers under the Scotts® and Miracle-Gro® brands. The company plans to create at least 20 new, full-time jobs and retain 77 others statewide as a result of the expansion locally.

Empire State Development President, CEO &Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “We’re sowing the seeds of focused investment in Upstate New York and we’re seeing results, including the new jobs created by the new ScottsMiracle-Gro facility in Monroe County. This expansion is a huge win for the Finger Lakes and for New York, and we look forward to a long, successful partnership with this established company.”

The manufacturing area covers 78 acres and will contain outdoor composting operations, bagging operations and office space. The facility becomes part of one of the world's largest green waste recycling efforts as ScottsMiracle-Gro reuses more than 5 billion pounds of green waste each year in its growing media products. With nearly 25  full-time associates and opportunities for seasonal employment, operations will also support local trucking operations with the potential for up to 250 truckloads per week  during peak season.

“The support of state and local leaders played an important role in our decision to locate production in Bergen. From this location, our team will be closer to where our products are consumed which allows us to more rapidly respond to customers as well as to maximize transportation efficiencies,” said Don Dugger Director of Growing Media for ScottsMiracle-Gro. “Associates working in our new facility will produce some of the most recognizable consumer lawn and garden brands in the world.”

The ScottsMiracle-Gro Company is the world’s largest marketer of branded consumer lawn and garden products. Those well-known products are sold under the names Scotts®, Miracle-Gro®, Ortho®, and Tomcat® brands and its consumer Roundup® brand, which is marketed in North America exclusively by Scotts. The company is headquartered in Marysville, Ohio where O.M. Scott began selling lawn seed in 1868. The company has grown to be an industry leader with regional offices, research facilities and businesses across the U.S. and in Canada.

To assist ScottsMiracle-Gro with the project, Empire State Development has offered up to $350,000 through the Excelsior Tax Credit program in exchange for job creation commitments. Monroe County is also providing a little more than $1.5 million in incentives for the project. The total project cost was $ 13 million.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer said, “With today’s grand opening of ScottsMiracle-Gro’s first brand new plant in six years, dozens of new jobs are sprouting up in Monroe County.  I commend Scotts for planting their job-creating investments here in order to grow their business in Monroe County’s fertile soil.  Together, we look forward to growing our economy and our gardens alike with more jobs and better access to locally-made products.”

State Senator Michael Razenhofer said, "ScottsMiracle-Gro's decision to build a new facility, as well as create and retain close to 100 jobs, is another indicator that our economy continues to strengthen and grow. I commend the leadership team for their confidence in our local workforce and economy.’

State Assemblyman Steven Hawley said, “The arrival of the new ScottsMiracle-Gro facility marks an important milestone in the economic revitalization of the upstate area. Upstate is an amazing place to live and raise a family due in part to the healthy relationships our businesses have with our community. The new site will be the company’s first in over six years and it will bring with it much-needed manufacturing jobs and investment into the surrounding area. I commend the ScottsMiracle-Gro Company for its investment in our community and I look forward to the many great things it will accomplish here.”


Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said, “As we celebrate the grand opening of this innovative new facility, I thank Scotts Miracle-Gro for planting deep roots in Monroe County that will grow jobs and opportunity here for years to come. This job-creating local project enhances our region’s natural strengths in manufacturing and agriculture and proves Monroe County is open for business in every season.”

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Accelerating Finger Lakes Forward 
Today’s announcement complements “Finger Lakes Forward,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $5.2 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – investing in key industries including photonics, agriculture‎ and food production, and advanced manufacturing. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Rochester, Batavia and Canandaigua as a destination to grow and invest in.

Now, the region is accelerating Finger Lakes Forward with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 8,200 new jobs. More information is available here.



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