Max (left) and Trystan Sandvoss (right) making cheese. Trystan is the general manager of the Old Chatham Creamery, which will be relocating to Groton in August.

Max (left) and Trystan Sandvoss (right) making cheese. Trystan is the general manager of the Old Chatham Creamery, which will be relocating to Groton in August. 

 

An award-winning, nationally-renowned business will be setting up shop in the Groton community in the near future. Old Chatham Creamery, currently located in Old Chatham, will be relocating to Groton sometime in August.

Old Chatham Creamery is the most awarded sheep milk brand in the United States. The creamery has won several awards for products such as sheep milk yogurt, Kinderhook Creek sheep milk cheese, Nancy Hudson’s Valley Camembert sheep and cow milk cheese, Hudson Valley Camembert sheep and cow milk cheese and Ewe’s blue cheese.

“Sheep milk is a small, niche market, but it is a growing market,” Trystan Sandvoss, general manager of the Old Chatham Creamery, said. “It’s one of the fastest growing milks that make dairy products in the country.”

“We are very well known for those sheep’s milk products, and we think there’s a huge opportunity to grow those products and we’re currently doing that. In our old processing plant, we’re not able to grow as fast as we could grow based on the limitations of our processing capabilities.”

David Galton, a former professor in the Department of Animal Science at Cornell University as well as the co-owner of Old Chatham Sheepherding Creamery in Locke, said the main reason why the creamery is relocating from Old Chatham to Groton so that it will be closer to the sheepherding creamery in Locke.

“The farm for the cattle, the sheep and the goats are also located here,” Galton said. “So we want to relocate the creamery to be near the farm so we can have the freshest of milk being delivered to the creamery.”

Sandvoss said the other reasons why the creamery will be moving to Groton include the affordability of the municipal water, sewer and electrical systems in the village among others.

“Just in general, the nice set-up with regard to utilities and support there,” Sandvoss said. “There’s good talent in the area in terms of dairy and food processing knowledge that those things are benefits in being in the area.”

The creamery will be located on 210 Gerald Moses Drive in Groton where Challenge Industries—now Challenge Workforce Solutions—was located. Galton also said the creamery’s new location will allow it to expand its line of products.

“Our primary focus is dairy sheep products,” he said. “Also, we will begin making dairy goat milk products…Our cow dairy is here, so we will be making products that will have two or three different milks—cheeses and yogurt that will have two to three different milks in them—cow-goat, cow-sheep-goat, whatever the combination may be warranted by market demand.”

One of the main benefits to the community the creamery will bring is employment opportunities. Sandvoss said the creamery will create between 18 to 20 new jobs.

“I’m currently looking to fill several positions,” Sandvoss said. “I’ve already hired locally, and all of our employees will be living in the area.”

Those interested in employment at the creamery can submit resumes to the following email: jobs@oldchathamcreamery.com.

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