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Construction Begins on Farm Credit East Cooperstown, N.Y. Office

Farm Credit East is pleased to announce the groundbreaking at the site of a new Cooperstown, N.Y. office location. The new office will combine the staff from two aging facilities to strengthen overall operations and provide enhanced customer service.

“Agriculture in the central and eastern part of New York State is robust and an important part of the economy,” said Mike Reynolds, Farm Credit East executive vice president. “In most cases, our staff is on the road visiting our customers’ places of business, so the combination of two staff teams will provide enhanced support back at the office.”

 
Cooperstown GroundbreakingFarm Credit East, along with Sano-Rubin Construction Services and Altonview Architects, broke ground on the site of a new Farm Credit East office on November 14. Pictured here are Craig Pollock, Farm Credit East Sangerfield, N.Y. Branch Manager; Ken Rizzo, Vice President of pre-construction for Sano-Rubin; Dave Hollander, President of Sano-Rubin Construction Services, Albany, N.Y.; Teresa Derup and Kurt Offer, from Altonview Architects, Cooperstown, N.Y.; Doug Zamelis, attorney from Cooperstown, N.Y.; John Camp, C&S Engineers, Inc., Syracuse, N.Y.; Bill Elsey, Supervisor of the Town of Springfield; David Pugh, Director of Farm Credit East’s Country Living program; Priscilla Barry, Chair of the Town of Springfield Planning Board; Rob Yurkewecz, Farm Credit East Cobleskill, N.Y. Branch Manager; Skip Hardie, Farm Credit East Board Member and Partner of Walnut Ridge Dairy, LLC; and Mike Reynolds, Farm Credit East Executive Vice President and Regional Manager.

 

The new office will serve 1,600 customers in the Mohawk and Schoharie Valley area, from Madison County on the west and Schenectady County to the east. The Farm Credit East customer base in this area is very diverse, with many dairy farms, forest products businesses, vegetable and fruit farms and other farm-related businesses. In addition, Farm Credit East’s Country Living Program, which provides financing for rural homes and small farms, will be headquartered at the Cooperstown location.

“Farm Credit East Board and management look for opportunities to position the cooperative for long-term success, which includes how and where we do business,” said Bill Lipinski, Farm Credit East CEO. “The new facility complements Cooperstown’s agricultural and historic setting and is important in our commitment to the future of New York farmers and rural communities.”

This project, approved by the Springfield Planning Board on July 7, 2016, will combine two Farm Credit East offices currently located in Cobleskill, NY and Sangerfield, NY, which have reached capacity. The 20,000 square foot building will be located at 7397 State Route 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326, and is expected to open in late 2017.

Present at the November 14 groundbreaking ceremony were Farm Credit East staff and board members, Altonview Architects, Sano-Rubin Construction Services, C&S Engineering, Zamelis Law Firm and local town officials.

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For more information:
Contact: Kristie Schmitt
Telephone: 800.562.2235
Email: Kristie.Schmitt@farmcrediteast.com