June 14, 2019
Operation Oswego County (OOC) held its 67th annual meeting at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, in the City of Oswego, Friday, June 14th.
Barbara Bateman, president of the OOC board of directors, welcomed more than 150 representatives of businesses, government, education, labor and other ally organizations to the meeting.
Key note presenter Carla DeShaw, Executive Dean of Community Education and Workforce Development at Cayuga Community College, shared a presentation highlighting the ACT Work Ready Communities Initiative.
L. Michael Treadwell, executive director of OOC, reported that in 2018, projects assisted by OOC and the County of Oswego IDA resulted in the creation or retention of 355 jobs with over $72 million in capital investment associated with 37 new, expanded or retained facilities.
Several of those projects were outlined at the meeting including EJ USA, Inc. in the Town of Schroeppel, iFreeze, Inc. in the City of Fulton, Page Material Management, LLC in the Town of Scriba, Lindsey Aggregates, Inc. in the Town of Palermo, Bella Fattoria, Inc. in the Town of Hannibal, Woody's on 37, LLC in the Town of Hastings, Great Bear Child Care in the Village of Phoenix, Bishop's Commons, Inc. in the City of Oswego, East Lake Commons, LLC in the City of Oswego, Lake Ontario Water Park, Inc. in the City of Oswego, Northern Optics Eye Care Center in the City of Oswego, J&E Reid Enterprises in the City of Fulton, Maple Hollow Farm in the Town of Hannibal, and Thunder Island Water Park and Oasis Banquet Facility in the Town of Granby.
Treadwell also outlined several future projects and initiatives in progress including the relocation and expansion of Oswego Health Behavioral Health Services in the City of Oswego, the construction of a Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep/Ram facility by R.M. Burritt Motors in the City of Oswego, the relocation and expansion of Kathy’s Cakes & Specialty Treats in the Town of Volney, the development of 22 Crossroads in the City of Oswego, the development of the Litatro Building in the City of Oswego, the redevelopment of the Michaud Nursing Home into The Maples Assisted Living Facility in the City of Fulton, the relocation and expansion of LeRoi, Inc. in the City of Oswego, the expansion of North Country EPS in the Town of Hastings, the renovation of Ace Hardware and relocation of a portion of Design Concepts and Enterprises in the Town of Hastings, Oswego Speedway hosting the 2019 Super DIRT Week in the City of Oswego, the construction of a new terminal and hangar at the Oswego County Airport in the Town of Volney, the expansion of Northland Filter in the City of Oswego, a feasibility study regarding the development of a Spec building on the Nestle site in the City of Fulton, the acquisition of the Sunoco Ethanol facility by Attis Industries in the Town of Volney, the establishment of Opportunity Zones in the Cities of Oswego and Fulton, Village of Pulaski and Town of Richland, the retention of CenterState CEO to track the progress of the Oswego County Economic Advancement Plan, applications by the City of Fulton and the Village of Phoenix in Round 4 of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, and potential funding opportunities in Round 9 CFA funding with the CNY REDC.
Three business organizations, a successful entrepreneur and a long-standing economic development advocate were also honored for significant contributions to economic development and job creation in Oswego County.
The 2019 Ally Award was presented to Cayuga Community College — Fulton Campus in recognition and appreciation of the vision, commitment and leadership demonstrated to support and enhance workforce readiness skills for the betterment of Oswego County’s industries, businesses and citizens; for spearheading the Act Work Ready Community Initiative to make Oswego County the first Act Work Ready Community in New York State and in the northeast; for its role in assembling strategic partners from local government, schools, community organizations and businesses across Oswego County to implement the initiative; for efforts to carry out the Advanced Manufacturing Initiative to include an Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory in Fulton for specialized training; for the creation of the Oswego County Manufacturers Consortia involving 21 companies; and for being a vital and essential partner in workforce and economic development in Oswego County, NY.
The 2019 Business Excellence Award was presented to United Wire Technologies in recognition and appreciation for demonstrating outstanding leadership, adaptation, commitment and perseverance in overcoming a devastating fire in 2012; for the dedication to keep the third generation company in Oswego County by acquiring and renovating a 14,400 sf building in the Town of Constantia; for expanding to 22,200 sf in 2017; for being a quality and specialized producer of copper alloy wire used in aviation to musical instruments; for being an employer of 14 and for doing business in Oswego County for over 80 years.
The 2019 Jobs Award was presented to EJ USA in recognition and appreciation of the significant contribution and impact of EJ USA’s new 71,300 sf state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and its northeastern distribution and logistics hub located in the Oswego County Industrial Park in the Town of Schroeppel; for its critical and essential role in fabricating products for infrastructure development; for employing over 100 workers; for investing $10 million; and for becoming an integral part of Oswego County’s and Central New York’s manufacturing community.
Anthony M. Pauldine received the 2019 Dee Heckethorn Entrepreneur Award in recognition and appreciation of exceptional entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, and dedication to revitalizing the City of Oswego’s downtown; for restoring the 191-year-old former fish market that is on the National Register of Historic Places, Cahill Landing, into 7 upscale apartments and being recognized by the Preservation League of New York State with a 2019 Excellence in Historic Preservation Award; for transforming the former YMCA building into a mixed-use development with 10 loft apartments and 5,500 sf of commercial space; for restoring the historic Buckhout-Jones building that is now home to the Children’s Museum of Oswego; for the development of the Canal Commons that offers shopping in the heart of downtown Oswego with over a dozen shops and The Lofts at Canal Commons that features 11 luxury apartments; and for operating a successful general contracting business for over 30 years.
David Dano was honored with the 2019 Martin Rose Economic Developer Merit Award in recognition and appreciation of his outstanding record of exhibiting leadership, support, expertise and cooperation in advancing economic and business development that have significantly enhanced the business climate, economic progress and the quality of life in Oswego County; for his commitment and dedication for serving on the Board of Directors of Operation Oswego County between 1985-1999 (15 years); serving as Vice President between 1987-1996 (10 years); serving as President between 1996-1999 (4 years); for providing financial consulting services between 2000-2002 (3 years); for serving as Operation Oswego County’s loan manager between 2003-2004 (2 years) and its Business Finance Director between 2005-2018 (14 years); for serving as Chief Financial Officer of the County of Oswego Industrial Development Agency between 2009-2018 (10 years) and for his extraordinary devotion to Oswego County businesses, non-profit organizations and citizens for over 35 years.
The OOC board of directors re-elected board members Barbara Bateman, NBT Bank; Eric Behling, Behling Orchards; Michael Egan, Oswego Industries; Thomas Greco, Fulton Savings Bank; Timothy Hardy, Attis Industries; George Joyce, Laser Transit; and Edward Mervine, Pathfinder Bank.
For more information about economic development services in Oswego County, call OOC at 343-1545 or visit www.oswegocounty.org.