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Southern Tier Region, Expansions and Contractions

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Expansions, Openings and Recalls

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Update: Binghamton University broke ground on its Smart Energy Research and Development Facility in Vestal (Broome County). The project is expected to create hundreds of jobs and serve as a state-of-the-art research hub for the development of energy-efficient technologies. The new $70 million, 114,000-square-foot facility is scheduled for completion in 2017 and is a direct result of the NYSUNY 2020 initiative. (Article Date: August 27, 2014)

The region saw an economic bounce from Watkins Glen International's big race weekend in mid-August 2014. More than 90,000 fans and competitors made an estimated $50 million impact on Schuyler County and its neighboring counties. (Article Date: August 11, 2014)

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Production has never been higher at Raymond Corporation in Greene (Chenango County), which produces about 68 lift trucks per day and is on pace for a total of 17,000 in 2014. The manufacturer is also rapidly growing its Greene workforce, which now stands at more than 1,500 employees – about double the number of workers Raymond had five years ago. (Article Date: August 2, 2014)

Update: SUNY Broome’s first residence hall is set to open in August 2014 for the upcoming school year. The 360-bed complex is about 90 percent complete. The total cost of the project is expected to reach $19 million. (Article Date: July 29, 2014)

Five companies expect to create 83 jobs within new tax-free zones at Binghamton University under the state’s Start-Up NY program. Collectively, these businesses plan to invest $2.3 million in exchange for no taxes for 10 years. Advanced Material Analytics LLC, Charge CCCV LLC, ClickCare LLC, Innovation Associates Inc. and Sonic Blocks will be affiliated with Binghamton University, which received state approval in April 2014 to offer the tax-free zones. The companies will focus on biotechnology research and development, manufacturing for laboratory instruments, chemicals, and audio and video equipment. (Article Date: July 28, 2014)

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Update: The team of Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky Aircraft has received a $1.28 billion contract to build a new fleet of combat rescue helicopters. Connecticut-based Sikorsky will provide the helicopters; Lockheed Martin in Owego (Tioga County) will handle the new helicopter’s modernized mission systems and other special equipment. The contract is the first step in eventually providing 112 combat rescue helicopters with a potential value of about $7.9 billion. Work is expected to be completed by June 2029. (Article Date: June 26, 2014)

Binghamton University (BU) received one of the largest research grants in its history. A $12.8 million, four-year grant through the U.S. Department of Energy will help establish the Northeast Center for Chemical Energy Storage. Much of the work will be done in BU’s Center of Excellence building, though it will span several of the science buildings on its Vestal (Broome County) campus. BU’s partner institutions involved in this research include Rutgers University, MIT and Cambridge University, among others. (Article Date: June 16, 2014)

CAF USA received a $118 million contract to manufacture 24 railcars for the City of Boston. Nearly half of the funding is coming from federal sources. CAF will produce the shells and frames for the cars at its facility in Spain. Final assembly and testing will occur at CAF’s plant in Chemung County. Delivery will take place between the end of 2017 and 2018. The company has grown to 800 employees locally in a very short time. New buildings have been erected at the site to accommodate work on multiple light rail vehicle projects at one time — Kansas City, Cincinnati, Houston, and now Boston. (Article Date: June 10, 2014)

A multi-million dollar proposal from a Vestal-based developer could replace the dilapidated Collier Street parking ramp in downtown Binghamton (Broome County) with a new mixed-use garage featuring housing and commercial space. Newman Development Group is the city’s preferred developer to re-purpose the crumbling parking structure, which has fallen into disrepair. Preliminary cost estimates for the downtown Binghamton project are about $38 million to $40 million. Under the arrangement with the city, Newman Development Group would be responsible for operating the housing and commercial components of the project, including attracting and leasing space to tenants. (Article Date: June 5, 2014)

An Ithaca (Tompkins County) firm that uses 3D printing technology developed at Cornell University to produce precision metal and plastic components will be the first StartUp NY business in Tompkins County. Launched in January 2014, Incodema3D is an offshoot of Ithaca-based Incodema, a rapid metal prototyping firm founded in 2001. The company is looking to expand into additive manufacturing, which is essentially a form of 3D printing used to create precision metal components. Incodema3D has 10 employees, and the company projects that number could double annually for the next four to five years. (Article Date: June 4, 2014)

Empire State Development recently approved $2.25 million for Elmira College (Chemung County) to help pay for transforming the upper floors of Cowles Hall into a new Health Sciences Center. The Health Sciences Center will address the growing demand for baccalaureate-prepared nursing students and other skilled health care professionals, whose job growth is projected to increase by 26 percent through 2020. (Article Date: May 12, 2014)

Update: The team of Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky Aircraft won the $1.24 billion contract to build a new fleet of presidential helicopters. Connecticut-based Sikorsky will produce the helicopters, and Lockheed will install the integrated communications and mission systems on the new choppers. The program is expected to create or sustain 200 jobs at its Owego facility, which has approximately 2,600 employees. (Article Date: May 7, 2014)

Construction is ongoing on a multimillion-dollar manufacturing center on Lockheed Martin’s campus in Owego (Tioga County). This will create space for new positions as the defense giant consolidates some of its other plants. The Manufacturing Center of Excellence, a $19.3 million project, is slated for completion by January 2015. A total of 130 new positions are expected, including 75 in production and 55 in technical support and engineering. Estimated annual payroll will be $9.1 million. (Article Date: April 21, 2014)

The Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) Lab will receive $100 million in funding from the National Science Foundation over the next five years. The CHESS facility, which is one of five high-energy synchrotron x-ray sources in the world and one of only two in the U.S., provides synchrotron x-ray capabilities to investigators in all fields of science and engineering. The CHESS award supports more than 130 Cornell employees in Ithaca (Tompkins County), eight graduate students and three postdoctoral associates. (Article Date: April 21, 2014)

According to local media reports, Chroma NanoTech will be one of the first to benefit from the Start-Up New York initiative. The company, which is a spin-off from Binghamton University, makes cheaper materials to enhance common plastics. The company will be given office and lab space on campus without paying state taxes in its first 10 years. In exchange for receiving space from the university, start up companies are required to partner with BU. BU has made 21 offices available at its Innovative Technologies Center in Vestal (Broome County). The program will include another 20,000 square feet of office space at the downtown incubator once it is built. Four companies, including Chroma NanoTech, are already committed to moving into the new spaces. (Article Date: April 8, 2014)

Update: In July 2012, Hornell-based (Steuben County) Alstom was struggling. Since then, the rail car manufacturing facility has come a long way, becoming involved in seven major projects and seeing its number of local employees significantly increase. Between April 2012 and the end of 2013, the number of employees grew from 50 to more than 300. The company is working on modernization projects involving more than 325 vehicles for transit authorities in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Boston. All of the modernization projects are in the early stages. (Article Date: April 3, 2014)

Continuing care retirement community Kendal at Ithaca (Tompkins County) is expanding. This will increase the total number of community residences to 236. This expansion will add an estimated 20 jobs, to the current 250. Construction on the $39 million project is expected to begin this summer and take two years. Kendal, which opened in December 1995, was among the first continuing-care facilities in New York, offering independent living units as well as assisted-living and skilled nursing care available in succession for residents as needed. (Article Date: March 28, 2014)

Construction is expected to begin soon on a new Field & Stream superstore in Big Flats (Chemung County). The store, which focuses on hunting and fishing and other outdoor pursuits, is affiliated with Dick’s Sporting Goods, and is expected to be ready to open before the end of the year. Local officials believe the new business will fill an important niche. It will employ 90 and draw 50,000 customers annually from outside the Southern Tier. (Article Date: March 27, 2014)

The closest facility in the Southern Tier with table games resides in the basement of SUNY Broome Community College’s Science Building in Binghamton (Broome County). The $300,000 mock casino has a blackjack table, a 14-foot craps table, roulette and a bar. This is the classroom for SUNY Broome’s new casino management program, which recently received State University of New York approval and will serve as the training ground for students eager to break into the casino industry. The curriculum for the 15-credit casino management certificate includes classes on table surveillance and security, casino operations management and a casino internship. The 63-credit Associate in Applied Science degree has two internships, a bartending and beverage management class, and a casino games course, among many others.   (Article Date:   March 15, 2014)

A Tioga County forestry equipment distributor has been awarded a contract worth up to $2.4 million over six years to provide wood chippers to municipalities in Minnesota. Northeast Implement will provide approximately 40 hydraulic-feed wood chippers per year to agencies throughout Minnesota on a state contract. The contract is initially for two years, but could be extended an additional four years. The potential six-year contract will give Northeast Implement an estimated $400,000 boost in sales each year, for a total value of up to $2.4 million.   (Article Date:   March 10, 2014)

Update: Binghamton University (Broome County) officials recently announced goals for the next six years. The university wants to attract and retain qualified graduate students. It’s part of a vision to swell BU’s student ranks to 20,000 by 2020. At the center of the plan is the BU 4-1-1 program, which acts as a hands-on supplement to master’s studies. Students would attend four years as undergraduates, and then have one year of combined class work and some type of internship before completing a master’s degree in the final year. BU’s student enrollment has steadily risen to about 16,000, up from 14,000 in 2011. The student population is expected to reach 17,000 in two years.  (Article Date:   January 30, 2014)

The Walsh family, owners of Traditions at the Glen, wants to invest $150 million to build Traditions Resort and Casino (Broome County), featuring 1,200 slot machines, 50 table games, fine dining and high-end retail shops. They join Tioga Downs (Tioga County) and Vista Hospitality Group (Broome County) as entities interested in bidding on a casino license in the region. They estimate the project would create 1,150 new jobs in the area, contribute $50 million in payroll annually to the local economy and churn out $115 million each year in casino revenue. The eligible counties in the Southern Tier region are Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca, Tioga, Tompkins and Wayne.   (Article Date:   November 14, 2013)

BAE Systems will receive $7 million from the U.S. Army to develop vehicle electronics for the Paladin Integrated Management (PIM) program. The investment is part of a larger contract worth approximately $195 million to produce equipment used by the Army’s Armored Brigade Combat Team. Production of the vehicles will take place in York, PA, and Elgin, OK, with delivery of the first vehicles expected in mid-2015. The contract will not result in any job growth at BAE Systems in Endicott (Broome County), which has 1,250 employees — 230 of whom work for HybriDrive Solutions.   (Article Date:   November 4, 2013)

Cornell University is planning a $63 million upgrade to its College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca (Tompkins County). The Weiss/Manfredi architectural firm of New York City will design the project. Construction is scheduled to begin in summer 2014 and conclude in 2017. The expanded facilities will allow the veterinary college to boost its enrollment from 102 students per class year to 120, or 480 students in total. The vet school expansion is one of several major construction projects under way at the university’s Ithaca campus.   (Article Date:   October 1, 2013)

Corning Community College’s first dormitory, Perry Hall, opened in August 2013 housing 200 students. The $16 million building helped close out the college’s master plan for 2008-2013. To change the learning landscape on its main campus, the college plans to undertake an additional $23.27 million capital improvement project. Work will be done on the library, the Commons building, which serves as the student center and cafeteria, and the gym and playing fields. Design work will run through December 2014, while construction will take place from March 2014 through September 2015.   (Article Date:   August 15, 2013)

Construction on a new Vestal Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center facility is scheduled to start in October 2013 following approval of a $4.4 million tax abatement package. The Broome County IDA’s board unanimously authorized the 10-year payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOT, agreement to help Rockland County-based Upstate SK, LLC, finance the construction of the nursing home in Vestal (Broome County). Since the September 2011 flood ravaged the former 180-bed facility, the Vestal Nursing Center has operated 50 beds at the Greater Binghamton Health Center in Binghamton and 60 at Willow Point Nursing Home in Vestal. The new 148,400-square-foot development will include a 160-bed skilled-nursing facility and a 40-bed assisted-living program. The project will add 155 jobs on top of the 135 expected to be retained, increasing the nursing home’s payroll to $4.57 million per year for the next 10 years. The construction project, estimated to cost roughly $33.7 million, would push the vacant property’s assessed value to $26.6 million.   (Article Date:   July 30, 2013)

Update: The $79.5 million project to rebuild MacArthur Elementary School on the City of Binghamton’s (Broome County) South Side remains on track for completion by September 2015. Almost two years after Tropical Storm Lee destroyed the long-time neighborhood school on Vestal Avenue, architects told Binghamton school board members that demolition could start in October and construction could start in January 2014.   (Article Date:   July 17, 2013)

The company that developed a pocket neighborhood of small, highly energy-efficient houses in the City of Ithaca’s (Tompkins County) Fall Creek neighborhood is planning a much larger, but similar project in the Town of Ithaca. The project by New Earth Living will consist of 36 houses in five clusters, or pocket neighborhoods, in the town’s southwest. It would also have a common house, bike and canoe sheds, vegetable gardens, and a potential forest garden. It would have shared photovoltaic arrays, and houses would have super-insulation and rainwater harvesting. There are also plans for car sharing and car- and bike-pooling using an internal Internet-based reservation and coordination system.   (Article Date:   July 9, 2013)

Update:   The Southern Tier High Technology Incubator is a step closer to fruition as Binghamton University received a $2 million commitment from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. But even with the additional funds, ground will not be broken on the 54,000-square-foot facility until March 2014 — at the earliest. The incubator, a $22 million project, now has $11 million in committed funds: the $2 million preliminary EDA award, $7 million from the Regional Economic Development Council and another $2 million from the Broome County IDA. With $11 million now raised, design is starting on the proposed downtown facility slated to be built on a 2.5-acre downtown Binghamton (Broome County) site. The design phase is expected to take six to eight months, meaning ground will not be broken on the facility until after the winter season.   (Article Date:   July 2, 2013)

In a long-awaited announcement, Corning Inc. said it will spend $250 million to expand its diesel facility in Erwin (Steuben County) by 94,000 square feet. The plant makes large ceramic substrates and filters for heavy-duty diesel engines. The three-year project is expected to create 250 jobs, if market demand grows as expected. The plan also includes an investment in new heavy-duty diesel finishing operations at Corning’s subsidiary in China, a project that represents the company’s first major diesel capacity investment in Asia.   (Article Date:   April 26, 2013)

Tioga County economic development officials have given the green light to tax breaks for a proposed $52 million expansion at the Tioga Downs Racino, including $5.2 million in tax abatements. The expansion includes a 135-room, six-story hotel, an 85,743-square-foot events center, and a three-story parking garage. Tioga Downs would add 70 employees to its work force and $2.1 million to its payroll within two years of the project’s expected completion date of May 31, 2014.   (Article Date:  March 6, 2013)

A building boom is under way in Tompkins County with 71 new projects that could be finished within two years. The projects could add more than $250 million to county’s assessment rolls by 2015, and add $1.7 million in tax receipts to its coffers. Local governments will also benefit from a boost in property taxes, including school districts, towns and the City of Ithaca.   (Article Date:  March 5, 2013)   Here’s a snapshot of the big projects planned or now under construction:

  • Four hotel projects with about 450 rooms
  • 27 apartment projects with about 2,100 new units
  • 18 mixed-residential-and-commercial projects
  • 516 building lots for residences

There may soon be room for 500 more college students at the apartment complex in University Plaza in Vestal (Broome County) where a local development firm is planning to cash in on Binghamton University’s recent growth. Newman Development Group, the private Vestal-based firm behind the project, recently unveiled its plan for the Metroplex at UP. The project would also make upgrades to the plaza, adding parking, landscaping and other building improvements in addition to the new apartments. Although the project must still go through the site plan review process and gain approval from the town, Newman hopes to start construction in the summer of 2014 and begin renting out the units in the fall 2015 semester.  (Article Date:  February 13, 2013)

Binghamton University will spend at least $184 million over the next five years on multiple construction and renovation projects in and around its Vestal (Broome County) campus. Among the projects: a $37 million Center of Excellence, which is nearing the end of the first construction phase; a $70 million Smart Energy Research and Development facility, currently in the planning stage; and a $21 million project to renovate two former dormitories into office and other space, which is expected to begin in early 2013. BU also plans to add classrooms, offices, food service facilities and laboratories.  (Article Date:  January 24, 2013)

Binghamton University’s NYSUNY 2020 challenge grant, which includes the development of a $70 million Smart Energy Center that will help revitalize the Southern Tier economy and create more than 840 university and private sector jobs, has been approved. Under the plan, Binghamton University will hire new researchers and faculty, expand its academic offerings and facilities, foster public/private research partnerships, and expand technology development in high-tech fields. In addition to creating the Smart Energy Center, new tuition revenue will allow Binghamton University to increase enrollment by 2,000 students from 2012 to 2016 and hire 150 new faculty members.   (Article Date:   August 8, 2012)

The Corning-Painted Post School District in Corning (Steuben County) broke ground on a $97.4 million facilities project. The three-year project includes the expansion and renovation of the East High campus into the new 338,476-square-foot high school, which will open in the fall of 2014 as well as the renovation of the current West High into a combined middle school for about 1,150 students, featuring new classrooms, science labs and computer rooms, along with a new cafeteria.   (Article Date:   June 25, 2012)

The Corning Museum of Glass is planning a $64 million expansion that will include one of the world's largest facilities for glassblowing demonstrations. It's scheduled for completion in 2014. The expansion's preliminary design calls for a new North Wing, featuring light-filled galleries for the museum's collection of contemporary works in glass. The museum's new glassmaking space will be able to accommodate 500 people and offer 360-degree views of the process. The museum attracts some 400,000 visitors annually.   (Article Date:   June 1, 2012)

Closings and Contractions

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After nearly 40 years of operation, Allynwood Academy in Hancock (Delaware County), a boarding school that helps teens fight addiction, behavioral problems, eating disorders and more, is expected to close by the end of 2014. Declining enrollment is the main reason for the closure. Approximately 70 employees are affected. (Article Date: August 12, 2014)

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The Penguin Random House distribution center in Kirkwood (Broome County) will close by June 2015 as part of the newly-formed company’s restructuring. The company is moving work done at Kirkwood and Pittston, PA to facilities in Maryland and Indiana. The closure process is expected to begin by February 2015 and be completed by June 2015. An estimated 300 employees work at the Kirkwood center.   (Article Date:   February 7, 2014)

Norwich Aero Products, which operates in a 57,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Norwich (Chenango County), is closing in early 2015. Parent company Esterline Corp., a Bellevue, Washington-based manufacturer serving global aerospace and defense markets, is moving its U.S. production to Mexico. Some administrative functions will move from Norwich to Esterline’s sister company in California. A total of 120 local employees are affected.   (Article Date:   January 31, 2014)

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This report contains information derived from media releases throughout the Southern Tier Region. Information sources include, but are not limited to:

  • Action News (WBNG TV)
  • FOX 40 (WICZ TV)
  • Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin
  • News Channel 34 (WIVT/WBGH TV)
  • The Canisteo Valley News
  • The Cooperstown Crier
  • The Cornell Daily Sun
  • The Corning Leader
  • The Daily Star (Otsego County)
  • The Elmira Star Gazette
  • The Evening Sun (Chenango County)
  • The Greater Binghamton Business Journal
  • The Hornell Evening Tribune
  • The Ithaca Journal
  • The Ithaca Times
  • The Lansing Star
  • The Observer, Review & Express
  • The Odessa File (Schuyler County)
  • The Steuben Courier
  • YNN News - Binghamton/Oneonta
  • YNN News - Elmira/Corning
  • YNN News - Ithaca/Cortland
  • WENY TV News

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