- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York has negotiated a deal with Kraft-Heinz to keep three upstate plants open, saving nearly 1,000 jobs.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Sen. Charles Schumer announced the agreement Wednesday.

Kraft-Heinz will promise to keep plants in Avon, Walton and Lowville open and delay the closure of a fourth plant in Campbell for up to two years while it seeks a buyer.

In exchange, New York will commit $20 million to help upgrade the facilities, which produce dairy products, Cool Whip and Lunchables.

Schumer says the merger of Kraft and Heinz put the plants in the “crosshairs.”

The deal comes the same week Alcoa announced it would end upstate smelting operations and Entergy Corp. said it would close the FitzPatrick nuclear power plant on Lake Ontario.

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