Vida-Blend breaks ground
Officials join together to welcome Vida-Blend to business park
Vida-Blend, which was started by CEO Freddy Luna in the city of Amsterdam and which produces vitamin and nutrient premixes for companies within the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries, has continued to grow since the company’s inception in 2013 and is slated to move into the new $1.4 million, 14,000 square foot facility by the spring of 2020. The new facility has come about through a collaboration between Vida-Blend and the Montgomery County Business Development Center, the Town of Florida, Montgomery County and the State of New York.
“This is particularly exciting because it is a homegrown type of business that has expanded and we’ve seen a lot of entities working together to make this happen over the years,” Montgomery County Executive Matthew Ossenfort said Oct. 25. “You’ve seen the city, the county and the state all working together and it’s very rewarding to see that the strategy of trying to bring everybody together is yielding such positive results. But just to see it as a startup in the city and to see it have success and now expand into the Florida Business Park here is just a sign that things are going well and the pieces are coming together when they need to.”
Ken Rose, CEO of the Montgomery County Business Development Center, also said Oct. 25 that the addition of Vida-Blend to the growing list of businesses within the Florida Business Park Extension is particularly rewarding due to the personal bonds that have formed between the two entities.
“When I met Freddy and his team, we hit it off, and we could tell by the passion and the vision that he had that this was a potential company that we wanted to work with and that we wanted to grow here in Montgomery County,” Rose said Oct. 25. “I’m happy to say that [Vida-Blend has] grown. Our intent was always been to get [Luna] into the Florida Business Park Extension, and for him to become a viable business and a long term business. So I just want to say that these types of announcements are really nice because these small businesses are the backbone. When you can work with somebody like Freddy and his team and his vision, it’s great. You form a personal relationship with the guys, they become your friends. So it’s been great and we want to welcome him to the Florida Business Park.”
Rose said on Oct. 25 that the new facility, which is due to open in the spring, will be roughly 14,000 square feet and will offer Vida-Blend additional production space to take on a larger volume of orders. The new facility will be situated on a six and a half acre parcel of land owned by Vida-Blend, which will provide ample space to accommodate future company expansions. Rose said the company currently employees 18 individuals and will take on 11 more when the new facility is up and running.
According to Luna himself, this is just the beginning of the company’s growth.
“Today is a very special day because we are witnessing the ground-breaking right here,” Luna said on Oct. 25. “My vision [for Vida-Blend] is finally becoming a reality, little by little. The plans are so big. This is just the beginning. We plan to keep going everywhere. In 20 years the vision is to be all over the world and to really make a difference in peoples’ lives when it comes to nutrition. So thank you for being here. Stick around, it’s going to be exciting.”
Town of Florida Supervisor Eric Mead also spoke of the personal significance of the event on Oct. 25, paying homage to his late father’s vision for the town 30 years ago, and the pride his father would feel now upon seeing that vision come to fruition.
“It was about 30 years ago, the supervisor for the town of Florida at the time had a vision for this park that we have here today. And excuse me if I get a little emotional over it, because that gentleman is no longer with us and he happened to be my dad,” Mead said Oct. 25, while fighting back tears. “If he was here today, I think he’d say ‘Great job.'”
Mead continued: “We’ve got, I think, even better things to come in the future for this town and I want to welcome Freddy and his business and his family into our community, and thank you for rooting your business here and we look forward to a long, lasting relationship and we wish you all the success that you deserve.”
Luna credits Vida-Blend’s success to hard work and perseverance, as well as a strong working relationship between himself and city, county and town officials.
“The key ingredients are just a good attitude, passion and work, and no matter what you’ll get there. It seems like we’re getting there. Now is a great day, and it’s just the beginning,” Luna said. “The [Montgomery County Business Development Agency] are absolutely amazing. They welcomed me many years ago and they haven’t let go, they’re so nice. I think that’s one of the main reasons why I’m here is because of them. So I’m very grateful to them, and also my partners, they’ve been amazing as well. They just believe in me and support me and do whatever partners do to grow. It’s a very exciting day, a very exciting time, and I think it was due.”