Beech-Nut

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The former Beech-Nut baby food factory in Canajoharie, New York has been dormant for years. But it could be home to a new industry: hemp processing. That’s the goal of Sheldon Roberts of Arouca Holdings, Inc., who is seeking a state grant to transform a 60,000 square-foot space at the site.

WAMC's David Guistina speaks with Miles Reed, Editor of The Daily Gazette, about New York state legislators passing the Reproductive Health Act on Tuesday to codify Roe v. Wade into state law. The pair also discuss Montgomery County's plans for the demolition of the eastern half of the former Beech-Nut baby food plant in Canajoharie, New York. 

Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort speaks to Canajoharie residents
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Residents of Canajoharie are again being asked their ideas for redevelopment of the former Beech-Nut baby food factory. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard was at a crowded meeting Tuesday night.

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The project to remediate a former baby food factory in New York’s Mohawk Valley has received a major boost in state funding. 

Residents of Canajoharie gathered last night to brainstorm ideas about possible re-use of the former Beech-Nut factory site.

The Canajoharie village firehouse was packed Wednesday night with local residents eager to share their ideas for the future of the factory complex that anchored the community for more than a century.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Montgomery County have entered a new agreement to remove asbestos contamination from the site of the former Beech-Nut baby food factory in Canajoharie. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports...

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has ordered the former owners of a shuttered baby food factory in the Mohawk Valley to clean up the site. But the former owners say it’s not their problem.

Demolition at a former baby food plant in upstate New York is one step closer to a start date.

National Grid has awarded Montgomery County $300,000 for demolition and remediation of buildings at the eastern side of the Beech-Nut site, located next to Exit 29 of the New York State Thruway.

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The Village of Canajoharie and Montgomery County are hoping to demolish certain structures at the shuttered Beech-Nut factory. An upcoming court date could move things forward as the officials await a half-million dollar grant.

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Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort met with residents in Canajoharie Wednesday night to discuss his vision to redevelop the massive, former Beech-Nut plant that sits beside the Mohawk River.

 

The Arkell Museum at Canajoharie, NY is presenting the exhibition Circus Circus through October 16th featuring paintings of the American circus by artists from the 1920s and 1930s alongside circus-themed marketing materials used by the Beech-Nut Packaging Company in the 1930s.

 

The circus coming to town was a highly anticipated event in small towns across America, and many artists in the twenties and thirties painted the spectacle of the parade as the circus arrived, and the excitement under the big top. The exhibition includes paintings by Jon Corbino, Ogden Pleissner and Everett Shinn.

 

Images of circus cars, animals and acrobats were also used to market food products during the 1930s. The Beech-Nut Packing Company was one of the companies to use the excitement and nostalgia of the circus to sell its products. They created magazine ads with clowns and circus animals to sell their gum.

 

This circus-themed marketing campaign culminated in the creation of Beech-Nut miniature circuses that traveled across the country in busses, and a miniature circus was displayed in their pavilion at the New York World’s Fair in 1939.

To tell us more about the exhibit we welcome Art Historian Karal Ann Marling and Museum Director and Curator Diane Forsberg.

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Canajoharie, in New York’s Mohawk Valley, is home to an enormous eyesore that once served as its economic engine. The shuttered Beech-Nut plant employed thousands throughout the 20th Century. Now, local officials are hoping to reclaim the site and redevelop it. A Washington, D.C.-based architectural organization took a tour with the hope that it can offer new ideas for the old factory. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard went along.

Officials in Montgomery County are wondering what to do about a former factory that was once the cornerstone of a community.