Proposed container factory at vacant New Venture Gear site would create 189 manufacturing jobs, company says
A proposed $92 million freight container manufacturing plant at the vacant New Venture Gear factory would employ 161 people initially and up to 189 by its third year in operation, according to the start-up company behind the project. American Intermodal Containers would build 53-foot steel containers that would be used for shipping freight by truck and rail within North America. Walker Wainwright, co-founder and chairman, said the company picked the former New Venture Gear site in DeWitt because of its proximity to interstates 90 and 81, and to the CSX intermodal rail yard in DeWitt. The New Venture Gear site has a rail spur, and it might be possible to ship the company's containers by rail directly from the plant, producing significant savings in shipping costs, he said.
Byrne Dairy to expand plant, create 50 new jobs in DeWitt
Byrne Dairy is planning to build a multimillion-dollar expansion and create 50 new jobs at its Ultra Dairy plant in DeWitt. Syracuse-based Byrne Dairy built the Ultra Dairy plant at 6750 West Benedict Road in DeWitt in 2003 for $13 million and expanded it in 2008. Nick Marsella, the company's senior vice president, said the company has invested $68 million in the plant, which employs 130 people. Demand for ultra-pasteurized products is growing quickly. To meet it, the company plans to invest $14 million in new equipment into the existing building and build an $18 million addition of up to 100,000 square feet of space, Marsella said. The project will cost a total of $32 million, he said. In return, the community would benefit by the payment of $5.2 million in payments in lieu of property taxes, $17.8 million in new employee wages and benefits over 10 years, a capital investment of $30 million by the company and $401,000 in project fees to the industrial development agency, according to its application.
Agrana Fruit US to Build $50 million facility in Lysander
Agrana Fruit, the top producer of fruit preparations for the dairy industry, will build a new manufacturing and distribution operation in the Town of Lysander, in Onondaga County, investing more than $50 million and creating approximately 120 new jobs. The company considered several Northeast locations for their expansion, but announced in April they chose New York State. New York State’s flourishing yogurt industry was a key factor in Agrana’s decision, offering the company a central location for production and distribution to leading yogurt companies in the State of New York as well as the Northeast and Canada.
Noble Health Services Opening Summer 2013
A new specialty pharmacy service is setting up shop at a former General Electric Building in Dewitt. Noble Health Services, LLC, a newly created subsidiary of Kinney Drugs, plans to open a mail-order pharmaceutical business.
Jadak Significantly Expanding Facility at Hancock Airpark
Jadak Technologies, a maker or barcode scanners for the medical industry, plans to more than triple the size of its headquarters in Cicero and create 60 jobs over the next five years.
Indian Springs Manufacturing Expanding in Lysander
Indian Springs, a 4th generation family owned company, provides quality precision CNC machined parts to a wide variety of customers throughout the Central and Western New York regions. The expansion plans will enable the company to meet the growing global demand for its hazardous materials emergency response product line by completely reconstructing its advanced manufacturing facility.
RockTenn - Solvay LLC to build new Boiler House
RockTenn, formerly known as Solvay Paperboard plans to build a 15,000-square-foot steam plant to replace vast quantities of steam the company now buys from a nearby facility that is expected to shut down. The company, which employs 240 workers, plans to start making its own steam by next June, or at the latest by September 2013
Southern Wine and Spirit of Upstate NY plans new expansion
Southern Wine and Spirits will add 183,000 square feet to its existing 250,000 square foot warehouse and distribution facility, north of Court Street in the Town of Salina.
LeMoyne unveils rennovated Coyne Science Center and Madden School of Business
LeMoyne's Coyne Science Center is noticeably different than it was a year ago after going under extensive renovations and expansions last May. The building continued reconstruction as the College renovated the west and east wings of the Coyne Science Center. In addition, the Madden School of Business is now housed in the renovated Mitchell Hall, including a state-of-the art trading floor and financial education center, an applied research and executive education laboratory, an accounting laboratory, and smart and interactive classrooms.
Bitzer Scroll expands at new location
Bitzer Scroll expanded its manufacturing and distribution center at a new location, 6055 Court Street Road, in the Town of Dewitt. The company acquired the former John Deere Warehouse and renovated the interior to accommodate their R&D engineering laboratory, and manufacturing operations (machining, finishing, metrology and two assembly lines) for two of its Scroll product platforms which serve chiller and heat pump markets globally.
Upstate spends $32M on converting vacant high rise into housing for student residents
Upstate used $32 million in bonds issued by the Onondaga Civic Development Corporation and transformed Townsend Tower, a vacant dowtown Syracuse high-rise into housing for Upstate students and medical residents. The building is renamed Geneva Tower and features 40 one-bedroom units, 80 two-bedroom units and 19 four-bedroom units for a total of 276 beds.
Time Warner adds 76 network-monitoring jobs at East Syracuse
Time Warner Cable expanded its operations in East Syracuse to monitor and manage the cable networks for nearly 6 million customers in nine states. "Time Warner Cable is pleased to announce the addition of these technical jobs to a Syracuse community that is increasingly a hotbed for high-tech economic development,” said Henry Hryckiewicz, president of network operations and engineering for Time Warner Cable’s East region. The East Syracuse location was chosen because of the infrastructure already in place. Currently, the East Syracuse operation serves more than 2 million customers in Upstate New York and New England. The East Region center serves 5.9 million customers in an area from Maine to South Carolina.
Onondaga Community College adds new dormitory
Onondaga Community College renovated a building on Onondaga Road into a 166-student dormitory to meet growing demand for campus housing.Construction on the H3 building, across the road from the main campus, was completed by the Fall 2012 semester.
$20 million-plus expansion at Sysco in Van Buren
SYSCO Syracuse LLC, a food distribution company, spent more than $20 million expanding its Van Buren facility. The project adds 125,000 square feet to the facility and increase its freezer capacity. Sysco, which provides food to restaurants and institutions, employs approximately 500 people locally. The expansion uses local construction firms and trade professionals. Sysco is also examining new clean technologies and sustainable energy features for possible inclusion in the project.
Tessy Plastics Renovates Facilities to Add 75,000 sq. ft. of Automated Assembly Operation
Tessy transformed 75,000 sq. ft. of existing warehouse space to an automated assembly operation for one of the company’s most successful products. The approximately $1.8 million expansion, which accommodated anticipated growth of manufacturing operations, included $300,000 for building renovation, $1.5 million for machinery and equipment, and $15,000 for other costs associated with the project. Tessy's existing plant received New York State Empire Zone benefits and its recent expansion benefitted from OCIDA tax exemptions.
St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center Undertakes $220 Million Facilities Expansion
The 361,000 square foot expansion project, which will build a new emergency services building, operating room suites, intensive care unit, private patient rooms and a new data center, is the largest in the hospital’s 140-year history. OCDC used its bonding authority to secure financing for the hospital's expansion. It also represents the largest “green” healthcare construction project in Upstate New York. St. Joseph’s expansion will create 600 construction jobs and 200 new, permanent health care jobs.
Aspen Dental Management Inc. Constructs $5.62 Million Expansion of Headquarters in DeWitt
The 46,626-square-foot facility at 6600 Weighlock Drive, near the company’s headquarters at 281 Sanders Creek Parkway, will be used for corporate administrative operations, training and a customer call center. OCIDA provided tax exemptions to facilitate the expansion. Aspen expects to create 126 local jobs over three years, currently Aspen employs about 350 people in Onondaga County.