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The Times
  • ‘Pumpkin Patch’ could have its first tenant

  • One of the three grant proposals from the Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency approved by the county legislature last week will bring a business to the Frankfort 5S South Industrial Park, which is more commonly known as the “Pumpkin Patch.”

    This business — if everything follows through — will be the first to build at the park.

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  • One of the three grant proposals from the Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency approved by the county legislature last week will bring a business to the Frankfort 5S South Industrial Park, which is more commonly known as the “Pumpkin Patch.”
    This business — if everything follows through — will be the first to build at the park.
    “This is huge,” said county Legislature Chairman Vincent J. Bono during a telephone interview on Friday. “This is the catalyst to bring people there.”
    Over the past several years, the IDA has worked to bring businesses to the 200-plus acres of land on Higby Road.
    “Though it’s been long and drawn out, it’s going to prove to be successful,” said Mark Feane, executive director of the IDA during a telephone interview on Friday.
    Feane said in order for the property to be ready for construction, several things needed to be done including rezoning the property, establishing a water district, obtaining funding and accessing low-cost electric.
    Gold Medal Packing of Rome has 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. It is anticipated that it would bring 75 new jobs to the area.
    “It lends credence to future development. Nothing draws more people then having people already there,” said Feane. “We’re hoping when we get one, we’ll get two or three.”
    He added, “This is the beginning. We commend Gold Medal for being interested in that site.”
    The two other companies planning expansion projects in Frankfort include DeIorio Food, at 2200 Bleecker St., with the potential for 55 new full-time jobs, and Northern Safety Company, at 126 Industrial Drive, with a potential 55 new full-time jobs.
    Feane noted this is just the application process for these projects.
    “The county is the applicant and the IDA is the administrator, and they are supporting their request for financial assistance through the upcoming consolidated funding application process,” he said.
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