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L. Michael Treadwell, CEcD*

Executive Director

Operation Oswego County

44 West Bridge St.

Oswego, NY 13126


Phone:  315-343-1545

Fax:  315-343-1546




*CEcD is an economic development professional certification program of IEDC

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Oswego County borders Lake Ontario with a deep water port and rail services in upstate New York.  It is just north of Syracuse NY (Onondaga County) and the I-90 highway that stretches from Boston across Massachusetts and New York from Albany and Schenectady to Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo en route to Toronto or west to Cleveland and Chicago.  It is along the I-81 highway north to Watertown NY and Ontario, Canada.  The I-81 highway extends south beyond Syracuse to Binghamton and Scranton PA, where it connects with other routes into New York City, New Jersey, Philadelphia and other cities in the region.

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Highlights of recent developments of interest to investors
  • Novelis Corp. (Alcan) invested more than $18 million for a tension leveler project and casting center expansion. The projects were assisted by Empire State Development grant funding of $700,000 facilitated by OOC;
  • Northeast Biofuels, LLC initiated the acquisition of a 90-acre subdivision of Riverview Business Park in Volney for a 100-million-gallon-per-year ethanol production facility. The multi-million dollar project will include retrofitting approximately 300,000 square feet of the existing building and the construction of two grain silos and one cooling tower. The project is expected to create 60 jobs;
  • Lowe’s home improvement store opened a 133,600-squarefoot facility in Oswego creating 170 jobs. Lowe’s is the second-largest home improvement retailer in the world with more than 1,025 stores in 45 states;
  • An initiative of U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a new border patrol station has been constructed in the city of Oswego. The facility represents an investment of $2 million in the community and is expected to be completed by the end of 2005;
  • As a result of being awarded Ben and Jerry’s packaging business in 2004, Huhtamaki Consumer Packaging expanded its operations and hired an additional 60 employees. The transition of the business to Fulton included a $1.1million project to provide production tooling and equipment necessary to manufacture the product;
  • New York Chocolate & Confections Company: a consortium of cocoa suppliers from Africa, invested $25 million to reutilize the former Nestle facility in the city of Fulton. Total employment of the company is anticipated to be over 500 within the first three years in business.

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Scope of investment support services offered
  • Site Selection Assistance: An inventory of industrial sites and available buildings enables us to find homes for new businesses quickly.
  • Planning and Coordination: We can help firms in permitting, zoning and coordinating activities with state and local agencies.
  • Assistance in Accessing Special Incentive Programs: We can help eligible businesses receive real property tax abatements, sales tax exemptions, job training, Empire Zone (EZ) benefits, low interest financing, utility discounts and more.
  • Specialized Research and Technical Assistance: We will provide businesses with information and data to assist in decision making.
  • Financial Packaging: We help firms access appropriate financing from the federal, state and local funding sources. Of course, we also help firms secure bank financing which is always the primary source of funds for any project.
  • Industry/Government Liaison: OOC serves as a liaison between firms and governmental agencies.
  • Retention/Expansion Programs: OOC maintains close contact with local business to assist with problems and to provide help with expansion plans.
  • Industrial Development Agency: provides financing and incentive benefits and administers revolving loan programs.

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Competitive advantages of the area for potential investors
  •  Transportation: 2,000 miles of highway; CSX Rail System; fully-equipped county airport and 45 minutes from Hancock International Airport in Syracuse; modern, deep water Port of Oswego.
  •  Power: Three nuclear power plants, 10 hydroelectric plants, four natural gas and fossil fuel power plants, all with an installed capacity of over 5.5 megawatts output.
  •  Special incentive programs: we can help eligible businesses receive real property tax abatements, sales tax exemptions, job training, Empire Zone (EZ) benefits, low interest financing and utility discounts, plus other targeted business incentives.  Also, Entergy Nuclear Northeast will provide low-cost electrical energy to new and expanding businesses in Oswego County--up to 10 megawatts of electricity a year, at $32 per megawatt-hour, between 2005 and 2010. Current day-ahead prices range between $45 and $50 per megawatt-hour.
  •  Workforce:  Our 59,000-strong workforce is one of the most abundant labor forces in the nation. County and state agencies provide employers with custom training services as needed, plus other services such as on-the-job training opportunities, skills assessment, and apprenticeship development, as well as information on tax credits, labor laws, and workplace safety.

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