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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:

  • Nothing to report.

Previously Reported:

  • 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)

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Expansions: Herkimer County

Current Developments:

  • Northern Safety, a manufacturer and distributer of safety products located in Frankfort (Herkimer County), has received approval for a $295,000 grant from the Herkimer County Small Cities Revolving Loan Fund.  Terms of the agreement require Northern Safety to invest $700,000 and make at least 20 new hires.  Northern currently employs 230 people at its two locations in Frankfort.

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)
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Expansions: Montgomery County

Current Developments:

  • Nothing to report.

Previously Reported:

  • 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)

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Expansions: Oneida County

Current Developments:

  • Update:  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved a wetlands mitigation permit for the Marcy Nanocenter site at SUNYIT (Oneida County) allowing developers to market the site as ‘shovel ready’ for a potential computer chip fabrication plant.  Approval of the permit has taken 10 years and is seen as a major step forward in attracting a computer chip manufacturer.  (Uticaod.com July 23, 2014)
  • Runnings, a retailer of tools, hardware and outdoor gear will be opening a new location in the former Home Deport building in Rome (Oneida County).  The new location is expected to open in September.  (Syracuse.com July 16, 2014)

Previously Reported:

  • Update:  The third phase of the multi-million dollar expansion project at Vernon Downs Casino and Hotel (Oneida County) had begun; the new parking garage will have 200 indoor parking spaces and is expected to be completed by winter.  The fourth and final phase of the project will be the construction of a spa facility.  (Time Warner Cable June 9, 2014)
  • Turning Stone Casino and Resort, located in Verona (Oneida County), is looking to fill 100 new food service and banquet positions.  (WKTV.com June 1, 2014)
  • 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)

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Expansions: Otsego County

Current Developments:

  • Nothing to report.

Previously Reported:

  • Otsego Manor, a county run nursing home in Cooperstown (Otsego County), has been sold to Focus Ventures for $18.5 million.  The state health department must approve the final sale to privatize the facility at which time company officials plan to hire ‘dozens’ of employees for their assisted living and day care programs.  (WKTV.com April 24, 2014)

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Expansions: Schoharie County

Current Developments:

  • Nothing to report.

Previously Reported:

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Contractions: Fulton County

Current Developments:

  • Nothing to report.

Previously Reported:

  • 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) 
  • 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)
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Contractions: Herkimer County

Current Developments:

  • Remington Arms, a manufacturer of firearms located in Ilion (Herkimer County), has announced that 105 employees will lose their jobs.  The production line the employees have been working on is being moved to Alabama where Remington is building a new plant and planning to hire 2,000 employees.  (WSYR.com August 18, 2014)

Previously Reported:

  • 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)
  • 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:

  • Fiber Glass Industries, a manufacturer of fiberglass products used in the automotive and marine industries located in Amsterdam (Montgomery County), will close both of its plants within the next 90 to 120 days displacing 120 workers.  Company officials cite foreign competition as the cause of the closure.  (timesunion.com August 5, 2014)

Previously Reported:

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Contractions: Oneida County

Current Developments:

  • Nothing to report.

Previously Reported:

  • 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)
  • 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)
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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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