PLYMOUTH – Plans are in the works to bring a new mushroom enterprise to the area that could potentially make Chenango County a key player in the high end mushroom market.
The Chenango County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution on Monday in support of establishing a mushroom production and processing facility in the Town of Plymouth. The proposed project will be spearheaded by a Chinese national, Li Yiran, who currently heads similar mushroom processing operations in China and exports mushrooms to the food industry in South Korea, and hopes to expand his business to a location within the United States.
Li’s wish to conduct business in the U.S. is also driven by an interest to obtain a permanent Visa, explained Planning and Community Development Specialist Todd Dreyer. The Immigrant Investor Program, also known as the “EB-5,” is administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to foreign investors in effort to promote economic growth and job creation within the United States.