Chobani Foundation donates to Loomis Barn Project

NEW BERLIN – Chobani, which spans its reach now worldwide, has once again found itself thinking local. The Chenango County Historical Society has partnered with Chobani, and the company has committed to a donation in order to help with the society’s latest project. Chobani, which is located in the New Berlin area in upstate New York, has become the nation’s leading seller of Greek yogurt since its opening in 2005.

“We went to various locations around the area and asked for donations. We certainly are grateful to Chobani for their help and everything they have done, we want to share an opportunity for our children in Chenango County. It is nice to have big business give back to the community,” said Joyce Zummo, President of the Chenango County Historical Society board.

The Loomis Barn project hopes to be a future agricultural education center for the Chenango County area. A few years back, the barn was donated to the CCHS by Dick Ridgway. After careful research on the barn, Ridgway determined it may have some historical value and contacted the CCHS. The Chenango County Historical Society then came to check the barn out, and verify its historical significance. Ridgway then contacted a company known as the Barnstormerswood, based out of Gilson, Illinois, to help with the tear down and reconstruction. The Barnstormerswood have since came in and salvaged all the original beams and doors in order to reconstruct the original frame at the new site.

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