The new Center will permit regional wine and agricultural producers and local entrepreneurs access to state-of-the-art shared processing areas. In addition they will have the ability to collaborate with researchers, scientists, and professionals at Stony Brook, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the Small Business Development Center, which will be a valued resource in moving a product from concept to commercialization.
“This is a unique opportunity for regional wine and food producers to develop new, marketable consumer items and enhance their product lines,” said Senator LaValle. “I believe this is a worthwhile investment that will help boost our local economy, create new jobs, and increase our ability to remain competitive in the global marketplace.”
The Center will house fully functional resources for agricultural producers and small-scale food processors in both hot process and dry process functions. Dry storage, cold storage, and freezer storage units will be available on site, as well as a product development area with a viewing section for demonstration purposes. Producers will also be afforded laboratory space with ductless fume hoods and a microbiology lab for research and development. A loading dock will serve both the new addition and the existing building.
“The creation of the Agricultural Consumer Science Center will be a true asset to Long Island’s agricultural entrepreneurs and a very strategic initiative to building business opportunities in a challenged economy,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., M.D. “We commend Senator LaValle for his creative vision as we work together with New York State to build economic opportunities supported by research, education, and discovery.”