AUBURN, N.Y. -- One lawmaker wants to make it easier for New York milk producers to sell their products.
Senator Charles Schumer was at the Cayuga Milk Processing Plant pushing his goal to remove harsh trade restrictions on dairy products.
The factory produces milk powders that are in high demand globally. Schumer claims that large milk markets like Canada, New Zealand and Japan have made so many trade limitations that there is no way American companies can compete.
The senator will push to open trade markets as the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations close. It could help businesses like the one in Auburn.
"We saw an incredible demand for protein worldwide,” CEO of Cayuga Milk Ingredients Kevin Ellis said. “And as the wealth of the nations were increasing, we saw it as a great opportunity. And we latched onto it. And we developed a business plan and we raised the money."
Since opening, the company provided 285 short term construction jobs and 55 to 60 permanent jobs.