Amy's Kitchen eyes New York for manufacturing

Vegetarian frozen food maker Amy's Kitchen has shelved plans to build a second production plant in Santa Rosa, even as it seeks to build a new manufacturing facility in New York.

Petaluma-based Amy's, which has 1,000 workers in Sonoma County, last spring announced plans to build another plant in Santa Rosa that one day could employ 800 new workers.

But on Wednesday company officials put forth their plan for a new plant for 680 workers that would be located about 55 miles north of New York City. Amy's is seeking more than $11 million in tax breaks to support the New York project, according to a local media report.

The company, one of the nation's largest makers of natural frozen foods, said it needs to make its products closer to more customers.

"Having an East Coast plant really is a necessity for us," said Kevin Haslebacher, Amy's executive vice president of manufacturing operations.

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