CCIDA Deal With saturn petcare Falls Through

German-based company saturn petcare inc will likely not be coming to Ashville.

The Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency announced in April that saturn petcare inc’s parent company, heristo aktiengesellschaft Germany, was planning to establish a U.S.-based manufacturing facility for pet care products. The former AFA Foods building in Ashville was named as one of two potential sites of operation for the business, along with a property located in Michigan.

At April’s meeting, Bill Daly, administrative director for the CCIDA, said the company anticipated starting out with 25 employees, growing to more than 100 jobs within five years. Additionally, representatives from saturn petcare inc said they would be putting more than $20 million into the business and property upgrades.

In May, although nothing had been finalized, Daly reported he was 95 percent certain saturn petcare inc would be coming to Ashville. However, the CCIDA has now announced the project will not be moving forward at this time.

“saturn petcare, at this time, the project has stopped,” Daly told The Post-Journal. “The board of directors of parent company heristo, in Germany, voted last week to stop the project. At this time, they do not have an alternative location. The deciding issue was adequacy of water supply to the facility. It wasn’t just the fact of if they could get water, it was also the expense of water. They use a lot of water.”

Daly said the company estimated it would use 200,000 gallons of water a day.

“They actually had started hiring people in the Jamestown area,” Daly said. “They were here literally to close the deal, to buy the property, and the last thing they checked was the water. They found out that the water supply was not on the 150 acres they were buying – it was on the next door neighbor’s property. They would have had to exchange water rights. They were going to also have to bring water from the BPU, which the end of that line is at Cummins Engine. It’s about a mile and a quarter from the proposed facility. And, that was going to be quite expensive to run the line from Cummins to the old AFA plant. Then, they have the fees for Jamestown water.”

See Friday’s edition of The Post-Journal for more information.