Canadian Manufacturers Hot for Orleans County, New York

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Shovel ready land, low-cost hydropower, state and local incentives drive multinational corporations across the border to expand business in Western New York's thriving 'Canadian cluster'

Orleans County is host to a thriving 'Canadian cluster' of industry

I think our real niche is midsized companies that are privately owned. They're good to do business with, and when they come, they stay...No one ever regrets investing in Orleans County - we make sure of it.

Located on the southern shore of Lake Ontario, between Buffalo and Rochester NY, Orleans County has quickly become a prime location for Canadian industrial, manufacturing and distribution companies searching for land and "shovel-ready" sites in the U.S. to expand their businesses. Just 60-minutes from the Canada-United States border, Orleans County is already a second home to Associated Brands, Bomet Recycling, Brunner International Inc., Freeze Dry Foods Ltd. and Hinspergers Poly Industries Ltd. The surge in economic development between Orleans County and Canada has been driven by the Orleans Economic Development Agency's desire to create a "Canadian cluster" of industry, which has been unrealized in other areas of Western New York. With a strong rural business community, skilled workforce, state and local business incentive programs and the availability of site-specific, low-cost hydropower, the Orleans EDA has the available resources to assist any type of business growth or development in Orleans County, New York.

Much of the Industrial-zoned acreage in the Medina Business Park, Sandstone Development Site and Albion and Holley Business Parks has been "cleared for development" or designated by Empire State Development as "Certified Shovel Ready" to accelerate new projects and spur local job growth. "We would love to attract more multinational corporations here," says Orleans EDA CEO Jim Whipple, "I think our real niche is midsized companies that are privately owned. They’re good to do business with, and when they come, they stay."

Canadian firms, like Mississauga-based food processing company Pride Pak Canada Ltd., have been evaluating site options throughout Orleans County. Pride Pak already exports close to half its product to grocery chains across the Northeast U.S. and Orleans County is ideally situated for manufacturers with distribution needs throughout the Northeast corridor.        

Whether the OEDA is encouraging firms to bring their business to Orleans County or assisting companies with a local expansion, EDA VP Gabrielle Barone maintains the OEDA has a creative and collaborative formula for success, "Each project is unique and oftentimes requires a multifaceted approach to bring it to fruition, so we partner with the state and local host communities and access our network of experts, all of whom bring their unique skills to every project," she says. The OEDA can present any potential client with community demographics, a list of available land, accessible utilities and potential hydropower allocations.

NY Congressman Chris Collins adds, "The Orleans EDA continues to be a driver of business development and economic growth. The team at the OEDA is committed to helping your business grow and are focused every day on attracting new employers to Orleans County."

Medina business owner, Bill Hungerford, is clear about why he never thought of taking his company Takeform out of Orleans County, "They fight for you," he says of the OEDA and the agency's support of all business "big and small."

"We knock ourselves out to facilitate business expansions throughout Orleans County, to retain our local customers and attract new commerce," says Whipple. "We absolutely fight for clients like Bill Hungerford and Pride Pak to do business here. No one ever regrets investing in Orleans County - we make sure of it."

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