Cutting the ribbon. From left, Livingston County Board of Supervisors Chairman Eric Gott, Once Again Nut Butter General Manager Robert Gelser, Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, Nunda Town Supervisor Merilee Walker and Former Nunda Town Supervisor Thomas Baldwin cut the ribbon on the company’s new production facility in June
Nunda company’s ‘future is bright’
Once Again Nut Butter in Nunda has come a long way from its start decades ago when founders Jeremy Thaler and Connie Potter roasted nuts in a small, used coffee maker in their 800-square-foot basement.
That was 1976.
In 2016, the company – now owned by employees – cut the ribbon on a brand new 37,000 square-foot, $13 million production facility.
The expansion was expected to add 15 new jobs Once Again Nut Butter’s existing 67 positions.
But perhaps more significantly, the project is helping secure the company’s future and the future of farmers in Nicaragua, Argentina and Italy. Representatives of some of those companies attended a June 2, 2016 ribbon cutting
Once Again ships natural, organic nut-based products across the country ad has gained recognition for being employee owned.
“The natural and organic industry has been growing at a rapid pace and nut butters, especially peanut butter, are a staple in most households,” said Robert Gelser, president and general manager of Once Again Nut Butter
The new facility at 9365 State Highway 408 is located just down the street from Once Again’s old production facility. The wholly pleasant small of roasting peanuts, evident from first entering the building, provides an obvious clue as to what is produced here.
State of the art. A Once Again Nut Butter owner-employee
gives a guided tour of the company’s new, 37,000-square-foot
The facility allows Once Again to produce its peanut butter in a dedicated space, helping to eliminate the risk of contaminating other butter varieties with peanut byproducts.
The facility also increases the company’s peanut butter production capacity from the 7 million pounds to 40 million pounds annually.
“What I love about this company is … you’re concerned about the safety and health of your customers, which is what this new facility is all about,” Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said in remarks at the June 2, 2016 ribbon cutting. “It’s saying ‘We’ll spend the money to make sure we can separate the products that we use to make sure no one who has peanut allergy ever succumbs to an illness because of our product.” That’s a bold statement of the values of an organization.”
Construction on the facility began in Oct. 2015.
The ribbon cutting was attended by other state and local representations. Town Supervisor Merilee Walker remembered her introduction to Once Again’s peanut butter. She took an empty container to Thaler and Potter’s home years ago to see about getting some of this “special peanut butter.”
Walker was skeptical at first as the peanut butter had separated and the consumer was required to mix it up. “But once we put it on bread with some jelly, my kids said it was a hit,” Walker remembered. “I can’t believe it’s grown so much since that time.”
By Ben Beagle
Livingston County News
Published January, 12, 2017.