Canadian manufacturer of point-of-sale coolers and freezers based in Chambly, Quebec, MTL Cool, has opened a 5,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution space in TDC’s Banker Road Industrial Park. The majority of MTL’s clients are in the U.S. including Dannon, Safeway, General Mills, Unilever and Kroger.
“We have great clients. We want to get closer to that market,” said MTL President Mark Bedard. “It’s been a good experience for us, we can see ourselves growing there [Plattsburgh].”
Norsk Titanium, the world’s pioneering supplier of aerospace-grade, additive manufactured, structural titanium components today announced the opening of the Plattsburgh Demonstration & Qualification Center (PDQC), a 70,000 square foot production and training facility in TDC’s Air Industrial Park. The PDQC will complement the company’s new U.S. headquarters and manufacturing plant which is in the design and planning phase with a targeted completion date in 2017.
“Launching the PDQC facility in 2016 represents a multi-million dollar investment by Norsk Titanium in the region and demonstrates our commitment to quickly commence operations and get a head-start on partnering with the people of Plattsburgh to generate jobs and economic development here,” said Norsk Titanium President & Chief Executive Officer Warren M. Boley, Jr.
Schluter Systems established roots in Greater Plattsburgh nearly 30 years ago. The company’s product line includes over 4,000 items, ranging from tile trims, uncoupling membranes, and waterproof building panels, to electric floor warming systems and shower systems. In August, Schluter Systems announced it will invest over $22 million to build a new 45,000 square-foot LEED certified manufacturing facility and expand its current warehouse by 200,000 square-feet.
The facilities and people in Plattsburgh are integral to our success in North America and this expansion helps prepare the company for continued growth. We are grateful for the Excelsior Jobs Program as it provides important support for this significant investment and continues our partnership with the community,” said Schluter Systems President Marco Ludwig.
Plastitel USA announced that it is expanding its manufacturing operation at the Northstar Technology Center in Chazy. The expansion involves new investment and transfer of some equipment from one of its two Montreal-area plants. Plastitel, with head offices in Laval, Quebec, moved into about 15,000 square feet at Northstar last summer. That would increase to about 20,000 square feet with the expansion. The company, which specializes in thermoplastic manufacturing, opened its Chazy location to provide parts to Nova Bus and Prevost. That has helped those two companies, both part of Volvo Group, meet Buy America Act provisions in municipal transit authority equipment contracts that receive federal funding.
Prelco, a Quebec-based manufacturer of specialty glass products, announced that it has leased 10,000 square feet at 30 Bridge Road in the Village of Rouses Point. Based in Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec, Prelco has been in business for more than 50 years. It has annual sales of about $100 million (Canadian) and employs about 700 people at 11 locations. The move is also expected to help Prelco clients such as Prevost and Bombardier meet increased U.S. content provisions, which are predicted to reach 70 percent by 2020, and to reduce transportation costs of shipping product from their Quebec plants.
Québec-based Delastek is a specialist in the manufacturing of composite parts as well as in the integration of circuit breaker panels, electronic casings, wiring, air ducts, finishing panels and other accessories for the transportation and aerospace industries. At their Plattsburgh facility in TDC’s Air Industrial Park, Delastek will be working with Nova Bus and Prevost in TDC’s Banker Road Industrial Park, providing both companies with customized bumpers that are fabricated by polyurethane injection.
Northeastern Regional Information Center (NERIC) unveiled its new state-of-the-art facility in TDC’s Air Industrial Park in November 2015. In a geographic service area that covers 17 counties, NERIC provides advanced technology services to 137 school districts in northern New York State. It also serves as a telecommunication hub for Charter Communications and the Development Authority of the North Country, which provide the fiber optic networks to a lot of NERIC member school districts.
“There are many reasons we are excited about the new facility and what it has to offer the schools and BOCES we support,” said NERIC Director Dale Breault. “Perhaps most significantly, we will now be able to make more exciting connections and collaborations happen between students, teachers and schools in the North Country and around the state. This is, after all, our most important mission.”
Headquartered in Beloeil, Quebec, Demers Ambulances is a world-class leader in ambulance design, manufacture and distribution and one of the largest firms of its kind in North America. On October 22, 2015, the company announced the completion of the fiftieth Mercedes Sprinter Type II Van produced in its Plattsburgh facility in TDC’s Air Industrial Park in partnership with SpencerARL.
Quebec-based Plastitel Plastics is the first tenant at Northstar Technology Center, the former Pfizer facility in the Town of Chazy. The company specializes in thermoplastic manufacturing. Nova Bus/Prevost in Quebec and Plattsburgh are among their clients, and their first U.S. manufacturing plant locates them closer to the companies’ facility in TDC’s Banker Road Industrial Park.
“We thank the Volvo Group North America for the opportunity to grow with them here in the United States,” said Plastitel Plastics President Normand Lucier. “The facility has everything we sought as we looked for U.S. sites, including first-class infrastructure and proximity to Interstate 87 and to our plants in Laval and Chateaugay in Quebec.”
Founded in 1995 in Champlain, NY, Country Malt Group (CMG) is a malt and specialty brewing product division of Great Western Malting Co., which, in turn, is owned by Australia-based Grain Corp. They are the exclusive North American distributor of a number of malts used in the brewing process, and offer a number of other brewing ingredients and supplies. In June, 2015 the company hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new 100,000 warehouse and distribution facility located in Champlain. Previously the company leased a 40,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution facility in TDC’s Champlain Industrial Park.
“Our proximity to Montreal is one of our biggest advantages,” said Karrie Tremblay. CMG’s head of procurement. Her team places orders with a six–to-10-week lead time, with the majority of those shipments coming from malt producers in Europe or western Canada.
Prevost, part of the Volvo Group, is a manufacturing company specializing in touring coach and bus assembly. The company, based in Sainte-Claire, Quebec, invested $26 million in a 10,000-square-foot expansion of the Nova Bus facility in TDC’s Banker Road Industrial Park. Nova Bus is also part of the Volvo Group and is a sister company to Prevost. The expansion enabled Prevost to build its first production line in the United States.
“As a global leader in the motorcoach industry, we are extremely proud that our relentless pursuit of excellence leads us in this last American market segment,” said Prevost President Gaétan Bolduc. “This first assembly line in the United States will allow us to increase the company’s competitive position.”
SpencerARL New York, a company which specializes in logistics services for the mass-transit industry, signed a five-year lease for an 80,000-square-foot facility in TDC’S Air Industrial Park. Right next door, SpencerARL continues to operate the 30,000-square-foot Plattsburgh location that opened in 2009 to supply the Nova Bus plant in the Town of Plattsburgh.
“Our relationship with the TDC, the local Department of Labor, the North Country Chamber, the State of New York, especially Empire State Development, is ultimately why we have been successful from day one in Plattsburgh. I will once again say that in all of my years building over 70 outsourced facilities in eight different countries that the Plattsburgh team is far and away the best,” said Nebe Tamburro, a member of the SpencerARL New York management team.
Imeco Cables manufactures power cables, wiring harnesses and over molding applications for the transportation Industry. In June 2014, Imeco Cables moved into the newest building in TDC’s Air Industrial Park – doubling the size of their footprint.
According to the Imeco website, “With a factory in both Montreal (Quebec) and Plattsburgh (New York), we are well placed to service our entire North American clientele.”
3DRPD USA is a prototyping center that is dedicated to the manufacturing of chromium-cobalt partial denture frameworks for American dental laboratories. The company chose to open its business in Rouses Point, NY primarily due to its proximity to the Quebec border, as its corporate office is in Montreal. Plant Manager Ron Cotto is no stranger to technology; he worked for IBM as a supervisor for eight years. Then he worked for B3CG, a wiring company in TDC’s Air Industrial Park.
SterRx is an offshoot of Malone, NY based Asept Pak, which was founded in 2005. That business, which specializes in pre-filled medical devices plans to do pharmaceuticals in the Plattsburgh facility and focus on medical-device products in Malone. The company renovated the former Pfizer clinical supply packaging and warehousing facility at 141 Idaho Ave. on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base in the Town of Plattsburgh. The start-up expects to be operational in the first quarter of 2014.
“We’re fortunate to have found the 50,000 square foot building here in Plattsburgh with much of the needed infrastructure already in place,” said the Director of Manufacturing at SterRx.
Global Sugar Art, the largest retailer of rolled fondant icing in the U.S., doubled its footprint in Plattsburgh and relocated to an expanded facility in TDC’s Air Industrial Park.
TDC announced the expansion of Montreal-based WestGroupe into TDC’s Banker Road Industrial Park, located in Plattsburgh, NY. WestGroupe, an independent family-owned and operated company, distributes eyewear in Canada as well as exporting their proprietary brands to over 40 countries around the globe.
“Expanding our operations to Plattsburgh enables us to better service our American customers and allows us a much more efficient distribution capability in the northeast,” said WestGroupe’s President’s Michael Suliteanu.
A leading provider of IT-based business solutions, announced that it was moving its point of sale (POS) manufacturing and integration operations from its current headquarters in Foothill Ranch, California to its facility in TDC’s Air Industrial Park.
“I see tremendous potential for Fujitsu to expand its business operations in the state of New York,” said Dick Zarski, Senior Vice President of manufacturing, supply chain and logistics, Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc.
The Development Corporation (TDC) announced that their long-time tenant, North American Door Corporation (NADCOR), purchased TDC’s Air Industrial Park’s Building #12, located at 1471 Military Turnpike, Plattsburgh, New York. NADCOR manufactures a full line of hollow metal doors and frames and the new 35,250 square feet of office and production/warehouse space available in Building #12 will be used for expansion of their current operation.
The “green-tech” Smardt Chiller Group opened its first US plant among the industrial properties located at the Plattsburgh International Airport. Headquartered in Montreal, Smardt is the number 5 chiller manufacturer in the world and number 1 in the oil-free high-efficiency centrifugal sector, and currently operates plants in Montreal and Melbourne, Australia. On May 1, 2010, Smardt signed a 5-year lease and now occupies 26,500 square feet at Building #2815 at 22 Colorado Avenue in Plattsburgh, NY. The company began production in their new facility in late June, shipping high-efficiency chillers to a correctional facility in North Carolina.
“We are delighted that Clinton County is continuing to build a diverse manufacturing sector that now includes another “green tech” company. In addition to Smardt Chiller Group, we saw the expansion of APG Neuros to TDC’s Banker Road Industrial Park in October 2009, as well as the addition of SOLVE Composites to the Imperial Industrial Park business community in 2010,” TDC’s Economic Developer Erin Hynes said. “I also firmly believe that all three companies ultimately chose Clinton County over other potential site locations because of the clearly obvious collaborative efforts of The Development Corporation with Clinton County, our partners at the State and the Workforce Investment Board’s OneWorkSource.”
SOLVE Composites, a start-up manufacturer of composite parts for the transit and building materials industries, joined the Imperial Industrial Park business community. On April 1, 2010, SOLVE Composites signed a 5-year lease and to occupy 39,028 square feet at 94 Main Street in Plattsburgh, NY.
“The City of Plattsburgh represents an excellent base for BFG International to launch its North American market expansion. The combination of a key strategic location in relation to potential clients, coupled with excellent economic incentives from the state and the county, have contributed very strongly to our decision to base our operations in the city. The Development Corporation has been tremendously proactive in anticipating all our needs and supporting us in full during the critical startup phase,” said Samer Aljishi, CEO of BFG International and Co-Founder of SOLVE Composites.
APG-Neuros, a manufacturer of high efficiency “green-tech” turbo blowers most commonly used in waste water treatment facilities, signed a 3-year lease to occupy 60,000 sf. of industrial space in TDC’s Banker Road Industrial Park. TDC made substantial improvements to the facility in order to accommodate the company’s operational needs.
“We conducted a location search for over six months across North America and chose to locate our production facility in Plattsburgh, NY” said APG-Neuros President, Omar Hammoud. “We were attracted to Plattsburgh by their well-organized economic development programs and the excellent support we received from The Development Corporation and Empire State Development. Both agencies listened to us, understood our current needs and future growth requirements and demonstrated their strong willingness to work closely with us to address our concerns.”
Schlüter Systems L.P. announced it was expanding its operations and constructing a new 57,000 sq ft manufacturing facility in Plattsburgh, NY. Production of their new product, known as Kerdi Board (a structural waterproof board intended to support tile installation where water and moisture are a concern), takes place at this new facility. This is Schlüter’s first manufacturing facility in Plattsburgh, expanding on their current operations which include distribution, product promotion, customer service, and product development.
Nova Bus opened the doors on its new 136,000 sf. facility located in TDC’s Banker Road Industrial Park in June 2009. The project required shovel-ready land from TDC. The County of Clinton IDA entered into a straight lease transaction with Nova Bus to assist with construction.
“We are very pleased with the caliber and skill of the people we’ve been able to hire,” said James Tooley, Plattsburgh Plant Manager, Nova Bus.
B3CG International, the Nova Bus supplier of electric cables and complex harnesses, signed a 3-year lease for 20,000 sf. of industrial space in TDC’s Air Industrial Park. TDC retrofitted the inside of the building and constructed 2,500 sf. of new office space prior to the company moving in.
“We have to be close to the customer. Proximity is key,” said Stefan Baumans, president and CEO. “With the addition of its new Plattsburgh plant, B3CG becomes indispensable for its Canadian clients, by proposing local content solutions for their products to be introduced in the US market, without mentioning the huge potential of US new clients in the New York State.”