Unused Facility Gets New Life Through Start Up NY Program

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Bringing more jobs to the North Country.  Local leaders hope taking advantage of an unused facility will lead to more opportunities in the Plattsburgh area.

Pfizer closed the doors on it’s Chazy plant in 2011.  Five years later, business leaders hope a new designation will bring new companies to the unused complex.

“A lot of students coming here end up moving out of this area,” stated Keith Tyo.  At SUNY Plattsburgh, it’s all about jobs, and keeping students in the area to fill them.  “We’ll work with any company that wants to move in there, whether they’re Start Up NY qualified or not,” added Tyo.  The program helps incoming businesses work with schools to create partnerships.  In turn, the business receives tax breaks.  Keith Tyo helps coordinates the program for SUNY Plattsburgh.

“We are now able to receive tenants under the Start Up NY program,” said Stephen Podd.  He’s Northstar Private Capital’s Director.  His company has owned the former Pfizer plant in Chazy for 3 years.  He says the 400 thousand square foot facility is “prime for the business-picking”.  It offers office, research, manufacturing and lab space.  It can be subdivided to fit any company.  And thanks to months of work, the Northstar facility now falls under Start Up NY designation.  “I think New York is doing all that it can to make itself as attractive as possible for locating businesses here,” Podd said.

Through Start Up New York, businesses won’t pay income, property, or sales taxes for 10 years.

“The North Country of New York is well established as a transportation hub, both in trains and busses, and now aerospace with the arrival of Norsk Titanium.  Having a presence to supply just-in-time parts and inventory to those markets is of critical importance,” said Podd.

Both Tyo and Podd say there’s a focus on attracting Montreal based companies too.  They could take advantage of a turn-key facility, the tax breaks, and create an affiliation with SUNY Plattsburgh to offer internships, scholarships, and available jobs.  A win-win for everyone involved.  “I think we’re well off and ready to accept any other businesses that come in,” said Tyo.

Podd says Northstar Private Capital has already been in contact with several Montreal based businesses interested in using the former Pfizer plant.

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