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Mohawk Valley Region, Expansions and Contractions

Business Expansions and Contractions

NOTE: This briefing provides information on firm-specific hiring and layoff announcements. Information in this report is derived from press releases, newspapers, business journals, newsletters, and other public sources. It does not include all expansions and contractions, only those for which public information has been obtained. An attempt is made to present only current information events that have recently occurred or will in the near future.

Business Expansions:

Fulton County
Herkimer County
Montgomery County
Oneida County
Otsego County
Schoharie County

Business Contractions:

Fulton County
Herkimer County
Montgomery County
Oneida County
Otsego County
Schoharie County

Expansions: Fulton County

Current Developments:

  • A new hardware store has been proposed for the Town of Mayfield (Fulton County) pending approval from the town Planning Board and the Adirondack Park Agency.  Stoney’s Hardware Store will be located on Route 30; the owner hopes to be up and running in 3 to 6 months pending approvals and renovations to the site.  (The Leader-Herald March 29, 2014)

Previously Reported:

  • Update: Construction on the new Walmart Supercenter located on South Kingsboro Ave. in Gloversville (Fulton County) has been completed; the store will hold a grand opening on August 14th. Walmart's other location in Gloversville on Fifth Avenue Extension, which is being replaced by the new Supercenter, will close on August 13th; the 170 employees at the existing store will join 85 new employees at the new location. (The Leader-Herald July 28, 2013)
  • Pata Negra LLC, a Spanish sausage maker, has received a $400,000 loan from the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth. The company is taking over the former Perrone Leather facility located in the Johnstown Industrial Park (Fulton County), and is expected to employ up to a dozen employs to start. (The Leader-Herald May 7, 2013)
  • Construction of a new T.J. Maxx department store, located in Johnstown (Fulton County) is expected to being in early May with a fall opening. The store is expected to employ 30 full- and part-time employees. (The Leader-Herald April 3, 2013)

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Expansions: Herkimer County

Current Developments:

  • Nothing to report.

Previously Reported:

  •  DeIorio’s, a manufacturer of pizza dough located in Frankfort (Herkimer County), has received a $250,000 grant to expand their business with a new assembly and hire 19 additional employees.  (WKTV.com January 30, 2014)
  • Full Circle Packing, a meat processing start-up, has received approval from the Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency to purchase 4.9 acres at the Frankfort 5S South Business Park (Herkimer County) and for tax abatements. The plant could employ as many as 65 full-time employees in 2 years. (Herkimer Evening Telegram August 29, 2013)
  • Feldmeier Equipment, a manufacturer of stainless steel products, is expanding it Little Falls (Herkimer County) manufacturing facility. The $7.3 million project is expected to create 40 full-time jobs. (Herkimer Evening Telegram August 15, 2013)
  • Burrito Jonz, a Cali Mex-styled restaurant, will be opening a location in Herkimer (Herkimer County). The location is expected to employ 3 full-time and 6 to 10 part-time employees. (Utica Observer-Dispatch April 6, 2013)
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Expansions: Montgomery County

Current Developments:

  • Driscoll Foods, a New Jersey-based food distributor, is in talks to purchase the former Quandt’s Foodservice distribution facility in Amsterdam (Montgomery County).  Driscoll Foods could employ up to 100 workers at the distribution center.  (The Leader-Herald April 3, 2014)

Previously Reported:

  • St. Mary's Healthcare, located in Amsterdam (Montgomery County), plans to break ground in the later part of 2013 on a $20 million building project at its Memorial Campus that is expected to create 20 new jobs. (The Leader-Herald January 8, 2013)
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Expansions: Oneida County

Current Developments:

  • Nothing to report.

Previously Reported:

  • Northern Safety Company, a national distributor of safety and industrial supplies with over 500 employees at 15 locations including two in Herkimer County, has officially opened its new facility in the West Frankfort Industrial Park (Herkimer County). Northern hired 25 employees for the new facility and plans to add another 50 to 100 employees over the next few years. (Herkimer Evening Telegram November 12, 2013)
  • MAXIMUS, a loan servicing company, has received an $848.4 million contract from the U.S. Department of Education and Office of Federal Student Aid and will move into offices at the semi-vacant Affiliated Computer Services' Xerox facility in Utica (Oneida County). The company plans to initially hire 150 employees and is committed to hiring former employees of Affiliated Computer Services, who were laid off earlier in the year. (Utica Observer-Dispatch October 3, 2013)
  • Construction on Quad C, a $125 million nanotechnology project at SUNYIT located in Utica (Oneida County), is running ahead of schedule and is expected to be completed by late 2014Quad C is expected to have more than 900 employees once the facility is fully functional. (Utica Observer-Dispatch September 5, 2013)
  • Nirvana Water, a manufacturer of bottled water located in Boonville (Oneida County), has received a $3.2 million loan granted by the New York Business Development Corp. The loan was used to buy new equipment that will allow Nirvana to increase sales 30 percent and add 50 jobs. (Utica Observer-Dispatch August 22, 2013)
  • Varflex Corp., a manufacturer of electrical insulating sleeves used in a variety of industries, is looking to move and expand its operation in Rome (Oneida County). The $1.5 million expansion project will result in 5 additional jobs to its current workforce of 18. (Rome Sentinel August 16, 2013)
  • The owners of Liberty Windoors, which has location in New Jersey and New York City, have purchased a former General Electric building at 1900 Bleeker St. in Utica (Oneida County), which they plan to use as a distribution and manufacturing facility for energy efficient windows. Initially the site will employ a 'few' employees, but could grow to as many as 20 as operations are ramped up. (Utica Observer-Dispatch June 11, 2013)
  • Turning Stone Casino and Resort, located in Verona (Oneida County), is set to open its new entertainment complex that will include 3 new clubs and result in the addition of 1250 new employees. The complex is set to open in July. (Rome Daily Sentinel June 11, 2013)
  • A new Olive Garden restaurant will open on Commercial Drive in New Hartford (Oneida County) in August 2013. The restaurant is expected to employ 180 people in various positions including: servers, hosts, bussers, bartenders and culinary staff. Hiring will begin in early July and those interested can apply through Olive Garden's website. (Utica Observer-Dispatch April 25, 2013)

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Expansions: Otsego County

Current Developments:

  • Nothing to report.

Previously Reported:

Expansions: Schoharie County

Current Developments:

  • Nothing to report.

Previously Reported:

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      Contractions: Fulton County

      Current Developments:

      • National Freight Inc., has notified the NYS Department of Labor that it will be closing its distribution center located in Johnstown (Fulton County) April 1st.  The closure is attributed to the loss of a contract and will displace 112 employees.  (timesunion.com February 26, 2014)
      • The KeyBank location in Gloversville (Fulton County) will be closing displacing 3 employees.  (The Leader-Herald February 22, 2014)

      Previously Reported:

      • Carville National Leather Corp., a leather-tanning business located in Johnstown (Fulton County), has closed after 46 years in business. Economic issues resulted in the closure which displaced about a dozen employees. In 2009, the company stopped production for eight months as the result of a fire which led to a loss in clientele in the midst of the economic recession. (The Leader-Herald September 13, 2013)
      • Frontier Communications has announced the transfer of 27 positions from its' network operations center located in Gloversville (Fulton County). The positions are being transferred to a Frontier site in Allen, Texas as a result in the reduction of duplicative services. The displaced workers are members of the IBEW. The reduction leaves 161 workers at the Gloversville site, as well as 98 at a site Johnstown (Fulton County). (The Leader-Herald May 23, 2013)
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      Contractions: Herkimer County

      Current Developments:

      • The Herkimer County Legislature has voted to close Country Manor, a residential care facility located in Herkimer.  The closure will take 6 to 9 months and will displace 30 workers.  (WKTV.com April 9, 2014) 
      • Facing a $250,000 budget gap the Herkimer Central School District’s (Herkimer County) 2014-15 budget will likely impact at least 5 positions, including teachers.  District officials are hoping not to lose any positions, but may reduce some to part-time.  (WKTV.com April 8, 2014)

      Previously Reported:

      • Aubuchon Hardware, located in Herkimer (Herkimer County), has closed.  The location had 6 employees.  Aubuchons’ Boonville (Oneida County) and Richfield Springs (Otsego County) locations remain open.  (WKTV News, January 7, 2014)

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      Contractions: Montgomery County

      Current Developments:

      • Nothing to report.

      Previously Reported:

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        Contractions: Oneida County

        Current Developments:

        • Update:  The Utica City School District’s (Oneida County) 2014-15 budget will eliminate 22 positions including: 5 administrative, 12 teaching, 2 support, 2 clerical and 1 custodial position.  Initially the district planned to eliminate 95 positions, but an additional $4.5 million in aid from the state helped to close the budget gap and allow the board to restore the proposed cuts.  (Utica Observer-Dispatch April 8, 2014)

        Previously Reported:

        • The Utica City School District (Oneida County) has released a preliminary 2014-15 budget that will cut 93 positions, including 50 teacher positions, as a result of a loss of state aid.  (WKTV.com February 14, 2014) 
        • After 134 years the last vestige of Oneida Ltd., the former silverware manufacturer located in the City of Sherrill (Oneida County), will be closed.  EveryWare Global Inc., which now owns the Oneida brand, will be closing its regional office and the nearby Oneida outlet store displacing 90 employees; additionally a satellite office located in Melville (Suffolk County) will be closed.  Functional and administrative roles based in the two locations will be consolidated to EveryWare’s headquarters in Lancaster, Ohio.  (Syracuse.com January 28, 2014) 
        • Faxton St. Lukes Healthcare, located in Utica (Oneida County), has laid off 16 employees and eliminated the equivalent of 90 full-time positions. The layoffs included both clinical and non-clinical staff, and are the result of dwindling federal reimbursements for Medicare and Medicaid. (Herkimer Telegram October 4, 2013)
        • The Utica (Oneida County) branch of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is laying off 26 teachers as a result of an unexpected drop in students sent for its pre-school special education program. UCP runs a vast array of programs for people with physical disabilities and is one of the Mohawk Valley region's top employers with 1,900 workers. (Utica Observer-Dispatch August 5, 2013)
        • Rome Memorial Hospital, located in the City of Rome (Oneida County), has announced the reduction of hours for over 100 employees. The cuts are the result of significant reductions in Medicare reimbursements and declines in patient volume. The hospital chose to reduce workers hours and leave some vacant positions unfilled rather than layoff employees; the reduction in hours and unfilled positions are equivalent to 45 full-time employees. (Rome Daily Sentinel July 3, 2013)
        • St. Elizabeth Medical Center, located in Utica (Oneida County), has laid off 10 employees and will leave 40 vacant positions unfilled in an effort to stabilize the long-term fiscal health of the organization. (Utica Observer-Dispatch June 26, 2013)
        • Utica National Insurance Co., located in Utica (Oneida County), has announced the reduction of 25 positions as the result of shrinking business demand. The affected employees work in the residual claims department, and are expected to be displaced in the next four to six months. (Utica Observer-Dispatch May 10, 2013)
        • The Camden Board of Education (Oneida County) has adopted a budget for the 2013-14 school year that calls for the elimination of 5 teachers, a media specialist and counselor. The layoffs are due in a large part to declining enrollment in the school district. (Rome Daily Sentinel April 26, 2013)
        • Update: Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), a student loan processing service located in Utica (Oneida County), has filed a WARN notice with the state Department of Labor indicating that 150 positions will be eliminated as the result of the loss of a federal contract to handle student loans. The layoffs will begin on July 19th and be concluded by August 1st. (The Utica Observer-Dispatch April 10, 2013)
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        Contractions: Otsego County

        Current Developments:

        • Nothing to report.

        Previously Reported:

        Contractions: Schoharie County

        Current Developments:

        • Nothing to report.

        Previously Reported:

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