In 1904, J. K. Crowley purchased a small dairy business located in Poughkeepsie NY and founded the Crowley Dairy Company. In 1915, he moved the headquarters to Binghamton NY and acquired the LaFargeville facility in 1954 from The Jersey Milk and Cream Company. In 2004, HP Hood LLC of Lynnfield Mass. purchased the Crowley Foods holdings and added the Crowley Foods Brands to its line of fine Dairy products. HP Hood distributes a full line of dairy products from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River, from Maine to Florida including an Aseptic plant in California. Familiar Brands include Heluva Good, Axelrod, Hood, Baileys, Rosenberger’s, Penn Maid, Maggio Cheese and Crowley as well as numerous Private labels produced in its 18 production facilities.
In 1960 the LaFargeville plant was converted from a milk receiving plant to a cultured products facility in order to take advantage of the plentiful milk supply of the region. Current products produced are Yogurt, Cottage Cheese and Sour Cream with production topping 130 million pounds annually. The 180 employees are a dedicated union work force that is very involved with fund raising and philanthropic events within the community. As well, HP Hood is strongly dedicated in all its production facilities to “Green Initiatives” to become a more progressive and sustainable producer. Many energy efficient programs are under review at any time.
The Hood plant does not provide tours due to bio-security reasons, but appreciate you viewing the facility from the road. Please be sure to look for their Yogurt, Cottage Cheese and Sour Cream in local stores and across the country.