It's known as the Pumpkin Patch to local residents; but, officially, it's the Route 5-S South Industrial Park and it's finally ready to get tenant number one.

The Heidelberg Bread Company of Herkimer is about to break ground on their project to build a new 42-thousand square foot bread making plant at the business park, which owners say will allow them to take care of increasing demand.

Heidelberg Bread owner Boyd Bissell says that plant will be 'state of the art' and construction on the new building will begin before the end of July.  Bissell says the new plant will make the bread making process far more efficient and will first allow them to take care of their existing customers by more than doubling their production.

"We don't want to get ahead of ourselves," he said.  "We want to make sure we're able to handle the demand from our current customers first, then we'll look at other possibilities."

Project manager Kevin Phillips said they're using local developer Gaetano Construction to erect the new building and when complete, it will add about 20 to 25 new jobs.  Heidelberg currently distributes their bread at a 7,800 square foot facility on Route 28 in Herkimer.  The Herkimer location is also home to the Heidelberg Cafe, which will remain there after the move to Frankfort.

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