by Andrew Henderson
Operation Oswego County held its 60th annual meeting last Friday at SUNY Oswego.
The meeting included key note speaker Robert Simpson, who is the president of CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity. Simpson updated attendees on regional economic development, including recent key projects and successes and CenterState CEO’s regional export and business planning strategies.
Simpson also talked about business transformation and encourage companies to consider increasing their international exports.
In 2011, Operation Oswego County assisted dozens of projects, which resulted in the creation or retention of 642 jobs with over $292 million in capital investment, said OOC Executive Director L. Michael Treadwell.
Several of those projects were outlined at the meeting, Some of the local projects included:
• Novelis Corporation, which invested $208 million to expand its aluminum plant in the Town of Scriba to order to meet the rising automotive demand. The 200,000-square-foot expansion created 100 new jobs.
• Sunoco, Inc., which continued to invest in its 85 million-gallons-per-year ethanol plant in the Town of Volney. During 2011, the company pumped another $9 million into the former Miller Brewery complex and now employs 67.
• Huhtamaki, which expanded its packaging manufacturing plant in the City of Fulton by investing over $4 million into four new high speed cold cup formers. The cold cup drinking line resulted in the creation of 25 to 40 new jobs.
• River Vista Catering and Event Center, which opened in the City of Fulton. The new full service banquet facility will cater to weddings, corporate meetings and other special events and parties. The center can accommodate events up to 300 people.
• Linde North America, which opened its $15 million processing plant in the Town of Volney. The plant captures the that is produced when corn is converted to ethanol at the Sunoco plant. Linde purifies and liquefies the for sale to the food and beverage industry.
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