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The Times
  • Firms may bring 185 jobs, $20M in development to Herkimer Co.

  • Herkimer County legislators Wednesday night unanimously approved grant proposals for three businesses looking to expand in the Frankfort area and bring about $20 million in development and add 150 jobs.

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  • Herkimer County legislators Wednesday night unanimously approved grant proposals for three businesses looking to expand in the Frankfort area and bring about $20 million in development and add 150 jobs.
    The resolutions stipulate the following for each business’s request for grant money:
    DeIorio Food Inc., 2200 Bleecker St., Frankfort, requested $416,000 to be used for the purchase of machinery and equipment, administration and program delivery. This is part of a $5.2 million expansion project that will allow for the company to create 55 new full-time jobs.
    Gold Medal Packing Inc., currently in Rome, requested $750,000 to be used for the purchase of machinery and equipment, administration and program delivery as part of a $10 million expansion into the 5S South Industrial Park in Frankfort. It is anticipated that it would bring 75 new jobs to the area.
    Northern Safety Company Inc., 232 Industrial Park Drive in Frankfort, requested $566,000 to be used for machinery and equipment, administration and program delivery as part of $3.6 million expansion at 126 Industrial Dr. in Frankfort. It is expected the company will create 55 full-time jobs.
    “These are the things we look forward to,” said Mark Feane, executive director of the county Industrial Development Agency.
    Legislator Patrick Russell, R - Old Forge, said, “It’s a wonderful opportunity for the county.”
    Legislator John Brezinski, D - Frankfort, noted the development is in his district.
    “The fact that we can land this, I’m sure there will be others to follow,” he said.
    On the flip side, Legislator Helen Rose, D - Herkimer, said she wants to make sure the jobs that are brought in will pay above minimum wage.
    “Economic development is always critically important,” she said. “However, we need to make sure we understand what we’re buying into.”

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