Milk processing could resume within a few months at a landmark dairy plant in Binghamton.

The Crowley Foods facility on Conklin Avenue was shut down by HP Hood about two-and-a-half years ago. About 54 people had been working at the plant when it was closed.

A newly-created entity called Mountain Fresh Dairy plans to start operations at the South Side site early next year.

A few former workers at the Crowley plant have been busy in recent weeks preparing equipment in the facility.

Equipment testing is expected over the next month and initial milk processing operations could start early next year.

Mountain Fresh Dairy has received loans from the Broome Industrial Development Agency and the Binghamton Local Development Corporation to help pay for machinery.

One loan document indicated the money would "help to create 140 skilled full time equivalent positions." The job creation requirement was to be met within three years.

Today's announcement suggested the company expects to employ ninety people.

Norman Rausman of Mountain Fresh Dairy said company officials are "looking forward to becoming part of the local community."

Milk is to be the primary product produced at the facility, although Greek-style yogurt and hard cheeses may be added.

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