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New STARTUP-NY business linked to Alfred State formed

New STARTUP-NY business linked to Alfred State formed

A new business connected with Alfred State has been formed as part of START-UP NY, the innovative program that establishes tax-free areas associated with colleges and universities across the state.

Sponsored by Alfred State, TDG Wood Products, LTD will manufacture a new line of micro/micron cooking wood chips under the brand name SmokinLicious® Gourmet Wood Products. The cooking wood chips will be new products and trademarked as Minuto and Piccolo Chips, respectively.

These chips will be various sizes designed and manufactured for use primarily in commercial wood cooking and/or smoking appliances used in a wide variety of culinary settings worldwide. TDG Wood Products will locate to the Sanzo building in Cuba, NY, create seven new jobs, and invest $249,350.

Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “Alfred State is excited about the formation of TDG Wood and is proud to be participating in such a terrific program as START-UP NY.”

Dr. Craig Clark, dean and executive director of Alfred State’s School of Applied Technology, said, “Alfred State looks forward to working with TDG Wood on their SmokinLicious® products in our culinary program and manufacturing-related programs. It is important to grow companies in Allegany County both for careers and for connections with the colleges in the county.”

Terry and Donna Grant, the husband and wife ownership team of TDG Wood Products, LTD, said, “We are so thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to partner with Alfred State, specifically with their culinary arts program. We commend President Sullivan and Dean Clark for their commitment and persistence in completing this process and congratulate them on becoming the first STARTUP-NY partner in Allegany County. We look forward to a long and superb association with Alfred State that will certainly benefit our business and the region’s economic vitality.”

TDG Wood is one of 15 businesses that Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced will expand in or locate to New York State as a result of START-UP NY. These businesses, according to the governor’s office, have committed to create at least 220 new jobs and invest approximately $4.3 million during the next five years in the Western New York, Southern Tier, Central New York, Capital District, Mid-Hudson, and Long Island regions.

START-UP NY, according to, offers new and expanding businesses the opportunity to operate tax-free for 10 years on or near eligible university or college campuses in New York State. Partnering with these schools, the website continues, gives businesses direct access to advanced research laboratories, development resources, and experts in key industries.