Operation Oswego County held its 66th annual meeting at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center today in Oswego.
Barbara Bateman, president of the OOC board of directors, welcomed more than 150 representatives of businesses, government, education, labor and other ally organizations to the meeting.
Keynote presenter Tim Hardy, general manager of Sunoco Agri-Business, shared a video highlighting the 1886 Malt House.
L. Michael Treadwell, executive director of OOC, reported that in 2017, projects assisted by OOC and the County of Oswego Industrial Development Agency resulted in the creation or retention of 2,587 jobs with nearly $281 million in capital investment associated with 41 new, expanded or retained facilities.
Several of those projects were outlined at the meeting including:
— The 1886 Malt House, in the town of Volney, started up operations in July 2017 in 41,000 square feet in the Sunoco Agri-Business Complex.
The 1886 Malt House produces a high-quality supply of New York grown and malted grains for the craft beverage industry, with annual production targeted to be 2,000 tons. The project represented a $14.2 million investment and eight jobs.
The Empire State Development Corp.-Central New York Regional Economic Development Council and the IDA provided financial assistance.
— Lock 1 Distilling Co. is a new business established in the village of Phoenix that was the first distillery in Oswego County to have a New York Class D farm distillery license. It is allowed to produce up to 75,000 gallons annually.
The distillery was the recipient of a silver medal at the NYS World Wine & Spirits competition for its RYZE Vodka. The $600,000 project created three jobs.
ESDC Restore NY, through the village of Phoenix, provided financial assistance.
— Marmon Enterprises USA, LLC, acquired a 48,835 square-foot building in the town of Williamstown to be used by Hardwood Transformations, Inc. and Designer Hardwood Flooring CNY, Inc., companies that provide pre-finishing of wood flooring and manufacturing of engineered hardwood flooring panels.
The $606,000 project retained 12 jobs and will create four jobs. Financial assistance was provided by NBT Bank, COIDA and a Small Business Administration 504 loan through OOC.
— Aldi opened a new supermarket at the former Nestle site in Fulton. The 18,750 square-foot store employs 15 workers and represents an investment of $2.9 million.
ESDC Restore NY, through the city of Fulton, provided financial assistance.
— EJ USA, Inc. is constructing a new 71,300 square-foot manufacturing facility on a 15-acre site in the Oswego County Industrial Park in the town of Schroeppel.
The facility will be used as a steel and aluminum fabrication plant and a distribution center for infrastructure access solutions products such as manhole frames, grates, covers, and hatches.
The company is based in East Jordan, Mich. The $9.1 million plant will employ 91.
COIDA and ESDC are providing financial assistance.
— Doty Contracting, LLC, located in the town of Volney, acquired equipment and expanded to fabricate specialized equipment for Novelis and to support the warehousing needs for Novelis.
The project represented an investment of $326,200 and will create 21 jobs and retain four.
The COIDA and United States Department of Agriculture provided financial assistance.
— Oswego YMCA, in the city of Oswego, was awarded funding from ESDC/CNY REDC to help support the development of the $750,000 pool connector project.
— Man in the Moon Candies — a woman-owned business that started in 2005 — is acquiring and renovating a 6,000 square-foot building in the city of Oswego to expand its chocolate candy business.
The $450,000 investment will create three jobs and retain four.
Pathfinder Bank and an SBA 504 loan through OOC provided financial assistance.
— United Wire Technologies, Inc., in the town of Constantia is a producer of copper-based alloy wire.
The company expanded and added 7,800 square feet to its existing 14,400 square-foot plant. New equipment was acquired for annealing. The expansion represented a $488,600 investment and will create five jobs while retaining 16. Financial assistance was provided by the COIDA.
— Above & Beyond TTRS, a new start-up business in the town of Scriba, provides service for RV travel trailer repair and maintenance. The owner is a Micro-Enterprise Training Program graduate.
The $25,000 investment will create four jobs. The COIDA provided financial assistance.
— Lakeside Commons, LLC, is a new market rate student-housing complex located in the town of Oswego. The $22.2 million investment will include 11 residential buildings containing 84 units (320 bedrooms), a 9,000 square-foot clubhouse, surface parking for 240 cars and is located adjacent to the SUNY Oswego campus.
The project is expected to create eight jobs and 200 construction jobs.
NBT Bank and the COIDA provided financial assistance.
— Nonna Dina Pizzeria — a woman-owned business — acquired a restaurant in the town of Hastings.
The $165,000 investment will create four jobs. Solvay Bank and an SBA 504 loan through OOC provided financial assistance.
— The Oswego County Economic Advancement Plan was adopted by the Oswego County Legislature in late 2017.
Camoin Associates prepared the plan and the county and the COIDA shared costs.
— Camelot Lodge, LLC is converting the former YMCA building in the city of Oswego into a mixed-use development with 5,500 square feet of commercial space and 10 market-rate apartments.
ESDC/CNY REDC and the COIDA provided financial assistance for the $1.7 million project, which will create 25 jobs.
— Novelis Corporation, located in the town of Scriba, is a rolled aluminum fabricator for the food, beverage, automotive, and building products industries. The company is investing $97 million over three years to construct a hot mill fume exhaust, recycling and environment, health and safety upgrades, plus electrical infrastructure and upgrades. The company employs 1,137.
COIDA provided financial assistance.
— Tailwater Lodge in the town of Albion will be expanding with a new 24,000 square-foot three-story addition that will house 46 rooms, a spa, pool and exercise facilities.
Capacity will increase over 100 percent to 88 rooms for the destination complex that is affiliated with the Hilton Tapestry Collection. The $2.5 million investment will create 35 jobs. Pathfinder Bank and the COIDA provided financial assistance.
— Exelon acquired the James A. FitzPatrick nuclear power plant in the town of Scriba for $110 million, saving 500 jobs. The acquisition was made possible by the adoption of the Clean Energy Standard and CES and zero emissions credits by the state Public Service Commission and the efforts by Governor Andrew Cuomo and supporters, such as the Upstate Energy Jobs coalition.
— The Oswego County Micro-Enterprise Program provided classroom instruction designed to assist entrepreneurs starting or expanding a business.
The Fulton Community Development Agency, the Oswego Community Development Office, OOC, and the SUNY Oswego Business Resource Center in partnership with the SUNY Oswego Small Business Development Center sponsor the program.
In 2017, two training classes were held with 27 participants graduating.
— The Regional Waste Water Treatment System, the Oswego County Legislature, the COIDA and OOC have collectively partnered to conduct an Oswego County Regional Wastewater Treatment System feasibility study.
C&S Companies was retained and the focus will be on the former Miller WWTP that was acquired by the COIDA in 2016. This initiative directly addresses the Oswego County Economic Advancement Plan that highlighted the wastewater treatment capacity shortfall as a significant detriment to economic development potential.
— CNY REDC was awarded $86.4 million for 112 projects in Round 7 of the Regional Economic Development Council Awards.
Oswego County was awarded $4.4 million in funding for 14 projects that will create 102 jobs, help to retain 436 jobs and represent $26 million in total project costs. The types of projects receiving funding included manufacturing, agri-business, tourism and recreation, infrastructure studies, nonprofits and historic preservation.
Treadwell also outlined several future projects and initiatives in progress, including the relocation and expansion of Oswego Health Behavioral Health Services in the city of Oswego; the development of Brockway Bedding in the town of Granby; improvements at Bishop’s Commons in the city of Oswego; the expansion of Hudsons’ Dairy in the city of Fulton; the redevelopment of Midtown Plaza into East Lake Commons in the city of Oswego; the expansion of Virgilio’s Event Centre in the town of Volney; the development of Champlain Commons in the town of Scriba; Oswego Speedway hosting the 2018 Super DIRT Week in the city of Oswego; the construction of a new terminal at the Oswego County Airport in the town of Volney; the addition of the Lake Ontario Water Park at the Quality Inn in the city of Oswego; the expansion of the North Ridge Dairy in the town of Sandy Creek; the acquisition and renovation of the new office of Dr. Stephen M. Baker in the city of Oswego; applications by the city of Fulton and village of Phoenix in Round 3 of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative; potential funding opportunities in Round 8 Consolidated Funding application funding with the CNY REDC, and the 2018 “Next Great Idea” Oswego County business plan competition.
Top of their games — Three business organizations, a successful entrepreneur and a long-standing economic development advocate were also honored for significant contributions to economic development and job creation in Oswego County.
— The Ally Award for 2018 was presented to C&S Companies in recognition and appreciation of its significant contribution to the overall economic development process in Oswego County; for its outstanding cooperation, support and being an essential partner in advancing and diversifying the economy and enhancing the quality of life in Oswego County; for playing an integral role in such key economic development initiatives and projects as the Oswego County Industrial Park, the Regional Wastewater Treatment System feasibility study, development of site profiles, support of the development of the Oswego County Airport, the “Next Great Idea” business plan competition, engineering support for Novelis, Sunoco, Huhtamaki, Interface Solutions, the Port of Oswego Authority, Center for the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation-BOCES, SUNY Oswego, Exelon, Cayuga Community College-Fulton Campus and EJ USA; and for its ongoing support of community initiatives such as Harborfest, Oswego YMCA, Camp Talooli, Children’s Museum of Oswego, career fairs for the Fulton, Oswego and Phoenix schools and serving on the SUNY Oswego engineering advisory board.
— The Business Excellence Award for 2018 was presented to 1886 Malt House in recognition and appreciation of the innovative transformation of 41,000 square feet of the former Miller Brewery into the largest malt house operations in the Northeast that is expected to produce 2,000 tons annually of malted barley for the craft beer brewing industry; for investing $14.2 million to create the state-of-the art malt facility; for the creation of eight manufacturing jobs and hundreds of indirect jobs in agriculture, transportation and in the rapidly growing craft brewing industry across New York state.
— The 2018 Jobs Award was presented to Morningstar Residential Care Center/The Gardens by Morningstar in recognition and appreciation of the significant contribution and impact that these two health care facilities have had on the Oswego County economy and health care system; for operating a 120-bed skilled nursing facility since 2010 and a 106-bed assisted living facility that opened in 2016, both in the city of Oswego; for employing 190 workers; and for providing people in the community with quality health care to help them achieve their best quality of life.
— Dr. Padma Ram received OOC’s 2018 Dee Heckethorn Entrepreneur Award in recognition and appreciation of exceptional entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, and dedication to fostering the growth and development of Dr. Padma Ram Medical Services, LLC, an internal medicine practice that is composed of a primary care practice and an urgent care facility located in the city of Oswego; for having over 37 years in medical practice; for starting her business in 2000 and in 2013 doing a major expansion by acquiring a 26,000 square-foot building; for growing employment by 95 percent to 35 jobs; for serving a combined 17,000 patients in 2017; for being recognized for a SBA Small Business Excellence Award in 2018; and for her vision, commitment and focus on delivering quality health care services and operating a successful business in Oswego County.
— David Turner was honored with the 2018 Martin Rose Economic Developer Merit Award in recognition and appreciation of his outstanding and visionary record of exhibiting leadership, support and cooperation in advancing economic development initiatives that have significantly enhanced the business climate, economic progress and quality of life in Oswego County; for serving as the City of Oswego Community Development director during 2000-2006 and the director of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning since 2006; for serving on the board of directors of OOC for 23 years; for his leadership roles in the Oswego County Economic Advancement Plan, growing the tourism industry by 58 percent in the past decade and for his dedication and commitment to planning and supporting critical and essential initiatives for housing, infrastructure improvements, transportation, waterfront, downtown and neighborhood revitalization.
The OOC board of directors re-elected board members Brian Anderson, National Grid; Edward Gilson, Blake Equipment; Ellen Holst, retired, Oswego County Opportunities; Vincent Lobdell, HealthWay; John Sharkey IV, Universal Metal Works; Joseph Solazzo, Construction & General Laborers, Local 633; and Turner.
The OOC board of directors also elected Margaret Glass, vice president of ancillary services at Oswego Health; Hardy; Ronald G. Tascarella, vice president and commercial team leader at Pathfinder Bank; and Chena Tucker, executive director, Workforce Development Board of Oswego County, to the board.
A new slate of officers was also elected, including Barbara Bateman, NBT Bank, as president; Ellen Holst, retired, Oswego County Opportunities, as vice president; George Joyce, Laser Transit, as treasurer; and Eric Behling, Behling Orchards, as secretary.