CANAJOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) -- Beech-Nut is selling its former baby food production plant in the Mohawk Valley to a company specializing in the rehabilitation of old industrial buildings.
Local media outlets report that the Lenzburg, Switzerland-based Hero Group, Beech-Nut's parent company, closed last Friday on a deal selling the facility to TD Development LLC. The buyer says it plans to convert the 20-acre property in Canajoharie (kan-uh-joh-HAYR'-ee) into a multitenant shipping and light manufacturing complex.
The site was left empty more than two years ago when Beech-Nut shifted its production to a new facility in the nearby Mohawk River town of Florida, 35 miles northwest of Albany. The Canajoharie plant, located along the Thruway, had been in operation for nearly 120 years.
TD Development's plans include demolishing about 30 percent of the building and renovating the rest.