The Sun embarked on a tour of two of the several companies within The Development Corporation’ Parks: SpencerARL and Global Sugar Art.
The tour took place Aug. 13, consisting of Publisher Dan Alexander and his wife Gayle, Melissa Johnston of the New York State Department of Labor, TDC’s President and CEO Paul Grasso, Facilities Manager Roger Livernois and Director of Marketing and Business Development Joanne Dahlen.
The first stop on the tour was SpencerARL.
Plant Manager John Vermette led the tour of SpencerARL — a company with services that range from manufacturing and assembly to logistics and warehousing.
Vermette took the group through their current major transition to get ready for a big ramp up to produce four complete Nova Bus buses and one Prevost bus a day. Right now, they’re making two buses a day for Novabus and one for Prevost.
World-renowned chef Alan Tetreault established Global Sugar Art in 2002 with a vision to offer the cake decorating community a single source to find the most comprehensive selection of high quality cake and confectionery decorating products.
These gum paste flowers were created by Global Sugar Art. Though they’re not edible like fondant, they add a little extra to every baked good.
Global Sugar Art now features over 10,000 products to reflect popular techniques, brands and industry trends, including cake pans, different types of fondant and edible lace decorations, a new addition that is gently and carefully created by hand.
The tour took The Sun through a line of cardboard decorated backed goods to showcase over 10,000 products to reflect popular techniques, brands and industry trends.
TDC began with a few local businessman getting together to invest their own money in the economic prosperity of the Plattsburgh area.
Over 50 years later, TDC is led by a 42-person board of directors comprised of the region’s most distinguished names in business and community leaders and owns and operates three industrial parks: Air Industrial Park, Banker Road Industrial Park and Champlain Industrial Park.
“I think what people are surprised about is the number of businesses in the park and the diversity of the businesses,” said Grasso.
Air Industrial Park is the county’s first industrial park located in the Town of Plattsburgh and the State Route 3 corridor. It’s home to a wide variety of companies and operates at near capacity.
Besides Global Sugar Art and SpencerARL, it houses B3BG, Buffalo Jeans, Camoplast, Champlain Valley Industries, CVES, Fastenal, Fujitsu, G.M. Collin Skin Care, Imeco Cables, J&S Steel, Key Logistics Solutions, Matrox, Medisca, NERIC, NADCOR, Salerno Plastics, Swarovski and V. FRAAS.
Banker Road Industrial Park is Plattsburgh’s fastest growing industrial park, located between State Route 3 and State Route 374. It houses companies such as APG Neuros, Marlee’s Seafood, Nova Bus, Prevost, Rideau, UPS and WestGroupe.
The Champlain Industrial Park serves the northern tier of Clinton County as the location of choice for growing industries in proximity of the U.S.-Canadian border. It’s located in the Village of Champlain.
It houses companies such as Ballin, The Country Malt Group, FedEx, Imperial Optical, Testori and NFI.
Plattsburgh is ranked the second best micropolitan city for economic potential in North and South America for several reasons.
Not only does it have easy access to Canada and two places for higher learning (Clinton Community College and SUNY Plattsburgh), it has transportation infrastructure, strong industrial presence, quality workforce and strong business incentives.
“It’s a major evolution,” Dahlen said. “It’s an interesting growth you’ll see in Clinton County.”