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German company opening yogurt plant in western NY

BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) -- A second yogurt plant is about to open in a Genesee County business park.

Sen. Charles Schumer says the Muller Quaker Dairy plant will have a grand opening on June 3. The $206 million dollar plant is a joint venture of PepsiCo and Germany's Theo Muller company.

The 350,000-square-foot plant in the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park near Batavia will make a variety of yogurt products. Officials say it will have about 150 to 180 employees to begin with and will boost the local dairy farm economy.

The plant is just next door to a $20 million yogurt plant opened last October by Alpina Foods, based in Bogota, Colombia.