Evans-Brant Chamber of Commerce represents
members in the Towns of Evans and Brant, and the Villages of Angola and Farnham as well as, business members from additional surrounding communities. Founded 1958 - Incorporated 1974
The Evans-Brant Chamber of Commerce is organized to advance the civic, economic, commercial, industrial, cultural and social interests of the people of the Towns of Evans and Brant, and to encourage an atmosphere in which private enterprise may operate profitably and efficiently.
The Chamber is a business advocate and provides resources and support for its' business members, while offering cost effective benefits.
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The Evans-Brant Chamber of Commerce announces its 2012-2013 Small Business Education Seminars. These will be held on the third Thursday of the month at the Evans Historical Society/1857 Museum, located at 8351 Erie Road (Route 5) at the corner of in the town of Evans. Each seminar is scheduled for 6:30 pm - 7:30 p.m.; refreshments served.
Future dates and topics include:
January 17, 2013 - “Facebook for Small Business & New Member Benefit Introduction (Coupons)”
February 21, 2013 - “Using your greatest assets – Your Employees – to advance your business”
March 14, 2013 - “Customer Service. What does it really mean for your business?”
April 18, 2013 - “Talent Acquisition & Retention in 2013 – HR Strategies for a Productive Workforce”
All seminars are free for members of the Evans-Brant Chamber, and members of any of the 27 local chambers associated with the WNY Chamber Alliance.
Members of the Evans-Brant Chamber of Commerce were the guests of Robert Drago, Sr., President of Goya Foods Great Lakes, for a tour of the bean processing facility located at 200 S. Main St. Originating as Bison Canning Co. in 1927, Goya Foods Inc. purchased Bison Canning Co.in 1991. Shortly after the purchase, this location became known as Goya Foods Great Lakes and changed from a private label canner to an internal supplier of Goya brand canned bean products.
At the time of our visit the plant was producing canned chick peas, (a/k/a garbanzo beans) at the rate of 900 cans a minute. In addition to chick peas, this location processes twenty-six varieties of beans which include organic, low sodium and kosher.
Goya Great Lakes converts over 33 million pounds of dry beans into 5.3 million cases (127,000,000 cans) of canned beans. Its automated processing line is capable of running 1,000 cans of product per minute.
Processing of the beans requires soaking to hydrate the bean and state of the art optical sorting to remove any foreign and extraneous matter. Once the can is full of product a lid is attached and the can will be, X-rayed. This process is to confirm that foreign and extraneous matter are not present. Cans are now ready to enter the cooker. When the cooking cycle is complete, the cans will exit the cookers and are conveyed to the packaging line where labels are applied. Subsequently, the cans are checked for label registration and non-labeled cans before they are automatically tray packed and palletized. Once palletizing is complete the pallets are automatically shrink wrapped and transferred to the warehouse for shipment.
In addition to the processing plant is the Distribution Center which is located at 275 S. Main St., across the street. The 40,000 square foot facility was developed to improve service to Goya’s 900 retail customers in upstate New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Eastern Canada. Goya currently has 1600 products and specialty items.