Star Kay White Inc., a 130-year-old Congers, N.Y.-based manufacturer of confections and flavoring ingredients for the ice cream industry, said it celebrated the ribbon cutting of its new 84,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on Feb. 14. Joining the celebration and offering their congratulations were state and local government officials, including New York State Senator David Carlucci, Rockland County Executive Ed Day and Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann.

In addition, the company and its achievements were recognized by Meghan Taylor, vice president and regional director of Empire State Development (ESD). Star Kay White said it  qualified with ESD for a major New York economic grant for its expansion in the state. The expanded business now employs 140 people and has generated over 22,000 hours of trade labor in the construction process to date.

“Star Kay White is proud to be a fifth-generation family-owned company that has always been in New York. Originally in lower Manhattan, from 1890 to 1928, then in the Bronx from 1929 to 1984, Star Kay White made a new home in Congers in 1984,” said Benjamin Katzenstein, president of Star Kay White. “The opening of this newest facility in Congers allows us to continue to serve our esteemed customers with the highest quality ingredients and innovative flavors for their ice creams and to thrive and grow into exciting new markets.”