Farmingdale, N.Y.; New York, N.Y. and Williamsville, N.Y. – April 24, 2012 –
Alcott HR Group (Farmingdale, N.Y.; New York, N.Y. and Williamsville, N.Y., www.alcottgroup.com
), one of the nation’s leading Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs), announced that its Western New York Division will be providing its comprehensive human resources (HR) solution on behalf of Alpina Foods Inc. (Miami, Fla.), the U.S. arm of Alpina (Bogota, Colombia), a leading producer and brand of dairy products. Alcott will specifically be serving the staff of Alpina Foods in the company’s Miami location, as well as the staff for the soon-to-be-completed 28,000 square-foot manufacturing plant in Western New York’s Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park, located in Batavia, N.Y. Construction of the plant is now underway with plans to be operational in the summer of 2012. Fifty new jobs will be created at the plant and Alcott will be managing the payroll administration, employee benefits design and administration, tax administration and regulatory compliance on behalf of Alpina Foods and its new employees.
Led by John H. Bradley, Director of Operations and Sales for the WNY Division, Alcott is an active member of the local Western New York business community. The company learned of Alpina through its relationship with the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, one of the region’s marketing and economic development partner organizations.
According to Alpina Foods Managing Director Carlos Ramirez Zavarce, “We are very excited about our new manufacturing plant and the opportunity it will afford us in meeting the growing demand for our products in the U.S. market. We look forward to establishing partnerships in Western New York with local suppliers, distributors and retailers. It is a direct reflection of our business model and corporate culture that we become integral members of the communities in which we are located. For us, that will entail working with local dairy farmers, milk cooperatives and other vendors in the supply chain to effectively serve the market.”
In addition to its community-centered and partnership philosophy, Alpina Foods also regards its employees as valuable assets and wanted to provide them with high-quality benefits and employee services. Through Alcott, not only will management be receiving administrative support, regulatory compliance and risk management services, Alpina Foods’ employees will be gaining access to a robust suite of employee benefits, from health insurance, dental, vision, life and disability to flexible spending accounts and 401(k) retirement plans. Additionally, Alcott offers many value-added benefits such as Employee Assistance Program (EAP), adoption assistance, scholarship program, credit union membership, transit check administration, qualified parking program and employee discount program for shopping, travel and entertainment, and fitness club memberships.
About Alcott HR Group
Founded in 1987 by Louis Basso and Barry Shorten, Alcott HR Group is a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) serving small, growing and middle-market businesses as a complete HR outsourcing resource for employee-related services including payroll administration, employee benefits design and administration, tax administration and regulatory compliance. The PEO enables small businesses to focus on core-revenue producing functions, while assuming the administrative burdens associated with all of these areas and managing the related risks and liabilities. There is the additional advantage PEOs afford in giving these businesses the ability to compete on a more level playing field with larger companies in terms of employee recruitment and retention by enabling them to offer equally competitive benefits, as well as many value-added benefits (e.g., shopping, travel and entertainment discounts, etc.).
Alcott represents the highest standards of service quality and leading edge technologies within the PEO industry. Alcott has earned the prestigious Employers Services Assurance Corporation (E.S.A.C., www.peoreliability.org/alcotthrgroup
) certification -- the equivalent of what FDIC is to the banking industry for the PEO industry. To achieve certification, a PEO must meet stringent financial, professional and ethical standards. Upon meeting these criteria, The Company joins an elite group of PEOs nationwide whose clients are covered by a $10 million surety bond. In addition, Alcott became one of the first PEOs in the state (New York) to gain two certifications by the Certification Institute (www.certificationinstitute.org
); one for workers’ compensation best practices and another, for timely payment of state and federal payroll taxes, contributions to employee retirement plans and payment of health insurance premiums – both critical elements in the PEO’s role as a total HR solution. The National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) supported these Certification Programs primarily as a means to enhance the industry’s credibility in this key service area. For more information, visit www.alcottgroup.com
About Alpina Foods
Alpina Foods is the U.S. arm of Alpina, which was established in 1945 by two Swiss entrepreneurs and visionaries who brought their families’ traditions and cultural expertise to South America. In the U.S., in addition to a wide range of dairy products marketed to the Hispanic market, Alpina also produces exciting American brands Restart yogurts, Renew oat smoothies, Revive Greek yogurts, and Juan Valdez Caffe Lattes. Alpina Foods is currently building its first U.S. manufacturing plant in Batavia, N.Y.