Business Growth News

Here are some exciting news highlights about Central New York businesses. Companies in bold are members of the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce.

Serious Materials Inc., a drywall manufacturer based in Sunnyvale, California, plans to build a $57 million facility in the Radisson Corporate Park in Lysander. Destiny USA Research & Development Park LLC will build the 240,000-square-foot facility on a 52 acre site and lease it to Serious Materials. The company has developed a drywall that does not require heating to dry which saves energy and makes a more eco-friendly product. 05/08

Ultra Dairy LLC, a spinoff of Byrne Dairy Inc., plans to double the size of its plant in DeWitt. The 46,000-square-foot building expansion is estimated to cost $9.5 million. Ultra Dairy, which makes ultra-high pasteurized dairy products, currently employs 90 and expects to add 70 new employees within three years. 05/08

GE Inspection Technologies, recently moved into their new 65,700-square-foot facility in Skaneateles Falls. The company is a global leader in technology-driven inspection solutions that delivers customer productivity, quality and safety. GE Inspection Technologies anticipates creating at least 50 new high-tech jobs over the next several years. The company currently employs 165 people. 05/08

Seneca Data, a computer manufacturer, launched an affiliate company Revonate Manufacturing, LLC. The new operation is aimed at refurbishing and remanufacturing existing equipment. Revonate currently leases 23,000 square feet of space on Crossroads Park in the town of Clay and employs 53 people. Plans call to add at least 25 new jobs. 04/08

Lockheed Martin Corp. plans to invest $11 million in 2008 on renovations and construction of a seven-story addition to house a highly sophisticated chamber to test radars. Over the past three years, Lockheed has spent $50 million in renovating its buildings at Electronics Business Park. The company currently employs 2,350 and expects to hire more than 100 people in 2008. 04/08

Thermold Corp. a plastic-parts manufacturer in Canastota, has a new owner who intends to expand. Plans call for a $1 million purchase of additional machinery and an increase in staff from 35 to 100 people. 04/08

Construction is moving forward with the Center of Excellence on Almond and Water Streets. The $35.6 million headquarters will house a variety of labs and offices that will support research, development and job creation in the fields of indoor environmental air quality, renewable energy and water resource management. Building completion is expected in about a year. 04/08

Colden Corp., a Philadelphia-based consulting firm, relocated its Syracuse office from Widewaters Office Park to a larger space on Heritage Landing Drive. Colden Corp. is an occupational health, risk-management, safety, and environmental consulting firm that is expanding its growth in industrial-hygiene services and litigation support. Nine of the companys 27 employees work in the Syracuse-area office. 04/08

WellCare Health Plan, Inc. based in Florida, opened a 2,488-square-foot office on S. Warren Street in downtown Syracuse. The office will serve the areas senior-citizen community with WellCares Medicare Advantage health plan. WellCare is a provider of government-sponsored health plans and currently employs 10 people in the Syracuse office. 04/08

RBC Wealth Management, an investment company which specializes in personal investment options, will move from its downtown office to a 12,000-square-foot office at Widewaters Parkway in DeWitt. The company currently employs 16 people and expects to create a number of new jobs in the future. 04/08

LaValles USA Blackbelt Champions martial arts studio will be moving to a new 7,000-square-foot location on First Street in the village of Liverpool. Another studio will also open in Baldwinsville. The Liverpool facility will be considered LaVallees regional training center for the companys other locations in New York. 04/08

Northside Collision Center opened a fifth collision-repair shop on Townline Road in Mattydale. The 11,000-square-foot facility will help meet growing customer demand, including fleet accounts and facilitate further revenue growth. The 10 year-old company employs 92. 03/08

Research & Marketing Strategies (RMS), a local marketing-research firm, recently relocated to a 4,000-square-foot office in the village of Baldwinsville. The move is part of the companys expansion plan which includes starting a new focus-
group facility and adding five additional employees. RMS currently employs nine people. 04/08

Contemporary Personnel Staffing Inc. broke ground on an expansion at its headquarters in the town of Salina. The company plans to combine its Salina and North Syracuse operations into the Seventh North Street facility that will expand to 6,500 square feet. The expansion will house a team of 25 recruiters and staff and will allow the company to add new employees as its business grows. 03/08

US Optical LLC, a manufacturer of high tech progressive eyeglass lenses, opened a new operation in East Syracuse. The companys 12,000-square-foot plant is outfitted with a $1 million robotic digital manufacturing system that makes prescription lenses. US Optical currently employs 15 people and anticipates increasing employment to over 50 in the next five years. 03/08

Paragon Environmental Construction, Inc. a growing full-service environmental and construction firm, is building an 8,400-square-foot facility on Mud Mill Road in the town of Cicero. The new headquarters will triple the companys current office space. Paragon specializes in environmental and industrial services. 03/08

A groundbreaking was recently held for a $21 million project in downtown Syracuse. Jefferson Clinton Commons is a four-story mixed-use project that will include commercial space and 18 residential condominiums. Located on a former parking lot on the corner of South Clinton and West Jefferson streets, the building is expected to be ready for occupancy in April 2009. 03/08

Beacon Federal Bancorp. Plans to relocate their corporate offices to a new building in East Syracuse. The 30,000-square foot building on Manlius Center Road will allow the company to open a branch on the site and add as many as 10 jobs. Project completion is expected by the end of 2008. 03/08

Bitzer Scroll Inc., a division of the Bitzer Group of Companies of Germany, will invest $30 million and create 289 new jobs in the town of Salina. Bitzer will occupy 60,000-square-feet of space in the former General Motors Inland Fisher Guide plant. The company established an engineering office in the town of Dewitt in 2006 and employs 16 people. Bitzer Scroll will make scroll compressors used in air conditioning units that cool apartment buildings and supermarkets. The company operates factories and offices worldwide. 02/08

Verizon Communications announced plans to add 335 new employees over the next few years to accommodate the fast-growth of the Fiber Solutions Center in the town of Dewitt. The 3-year-old FiOS service introduced by Verizon has grown nationwide. Customers are able to receive combinations of phone, Internet and TV service over high-speed fiber-optic cables. Call center employees provide customers with information and technical support and also support technicians in the field during installations. The Center currently employs 400 people. 02/08

Enable, a nonprofit agency, received word that their 30,000-square-foot building on Court Street became the first building in Syracuse to be certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. Enables building met the strict standards of the councils Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. The agency provides assessment, training, therapy and support for children and adults with disabilities. 02/08

FedEx is planning to build an $8.3 million, 34,400-square-foot distribution center in the Woodbine Industrial Park town of DeWitt. Scannell Properties, a real estate development firm, will lease the facility to FedEx Freight East Inc., for its next-day and second-day regional less-than-truckload freight transportation services. The new facility will replace a smaller one in the town of Manlius. FedEx employs 45 people at the Manlius facility and plans to create 24 new jobs. 02/08

Syracuse Research Corporation (SRC recently received a $4.4 million contract from the U.S. Navy to design, develop and deliver the Spiral 3.2 Mounted Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (CREW) systems. This device is mounted on vehicles and jams radio signals used to set off roadside bombs. 02/08

Liberty Resources Inc., a nonprofit social service agency, is renovating a two-story brick office building on James Street to accommodate a rapid growth in services. The $5.5 million project will give the 50,000-square-foot building formerly occupied by Royal & Sun Alliance a major facelift. Liberty employs 560 people, 140 of whom work at its James Street headquarters. 02/08

Kamco Supply Corporation of New England moved into the Central New York market. Kamco, a regional building materials supplier and distributor of Armstrong Ceiling tiles, located their new 21,000-square-foot facility on Buckley Rd in the town of Clay. An additional 30,000 to 40,000 square feet of fenced area is located outside. 02/08

Constellation Energys Projects & Services Group has opened an office in Syracuse to develop renewable power projects in Upstate New York. The this division helps commercial, industrial or institutional customers develop new energy plants to lower costs or meet environmental goals. The group focuses primarily on developing green energy sources. 02/08

Van Derhoof Roofing Co., the oldest residential roofing company in the Syracuse area, plans to add up to 10 new employees to support the companys growth. Van Derhoof, specializing in roofing, siding, trim and gutters, currently employs 40 people. 02/08

Lambert Material Handling plans to relocate from its existing space on Solar Street in Syracuse to a 19,000-square-foot building in the town of Salina. The move will increase the companys efficiency and put most of its operations under one roof. Lambert specializes in designing and installing conveyor and palletizer systems as well as systems integration. The company currently
employs nine full-time and three part-time employees.

Wilber National Bank, based in Oneonta, NY, is making a strong presence in the Syracuse market. The bank will relocate its current downtown loan office opened in 2005 to a 3,800-square-foot facility in the town of Cicero. The move will more than double its local staff. By fall, Wilber plans to open a 6,500-square-foot full-service branch on Collamer Road in the town of Dewitt. The bank will also maintain a small downtown office. 02/08

SECNY Federal Credit Union, headquartered in Syracuse, recently opened its newest 6,600-square-foot branch in the town of Clay. By year-end, SECNY expects to have six locations. Currently 47 people are employed by the credit union. 02/08

The Walier Lofts, on North Salina Street in the Little Italy district of Syracuse, was recently completed by two local developers. The $2.3 million project renovated a former 1890 candy factory to an upscale 14-unit apartment and commercial space. 02/08

The Bradford, luxury apartments on East Genesee Street, will be available for occupancy on March 1st. Developer Dan Queri transformed the former Hill Haven Nursing Home into one and two-bedroom upscale apartments. 02/08

RMSCO, a employee-benefits company, recently purchased the 45,000-square-foot building it leased since 1999 in Electronics Park in the town of Salina. The company experienced a 40 percent increase in employees in the last nine years. Currently 240 people are employed at RMSCO. 01/08

Empire State Colleges Central New York Center, formerly located in downtown Syracuse, moved to larger quarters in the town of Dewitt. Increased enrollment led to the schools move to 18,000 square feet of space in the former Telergy building. The Central New York Center employs 32 people. 01/08

GE Inspection Technologies, recently moved into their new 65,000-square-foot facility in Skaneateles Falls. The company is a global leader in technology-driven inspection solutions that delivers customer productivity, quality and safety. GE Inspection Technologies anticipates creating at least 50 new high-tech jobs over the next several years. The company currently employs 165 people. 01/08

Welch Allyn, a high tech manufacturer of diagnostic equipment, plans to break ground on a $30 million expansion and renovation project at their global headquarters in Skaneateles. The company plans to add 120,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space and renovate an additional 50,000 square feet. Welch Allyn is also creating a technology incubator subsidiary that will be located at Syracuse Universitys CASE Center. The Richard W. Newman Innovation Center will accelerate the product development process from idea to product conceptualization. Its expected that 25 new jobs will be created. Welch Allyn currently employs 2,300 worldwide, including 1,125 in Central New York. 1/08

Sensis Corp. plans to build a radar test facility in the town of Manlius. The facility would meet the companys current need to test new battlefield radars for the U.S. Marine Corps under a $256.6 million contract it has with Northrop Grumman. Sensis anticipates biding on a contract to make long-range air surveillance radars for the U.S. Air Force and the Marine Corps. An additional 200 engineers would be needed if the company secures the contract. The company currently employs 582. 1/08

Inficon Holding AG, a high-tech manufacturer, recently was awarded a multimillion dollar contract with Chinas environmental protection agency for portable equipment that detects chemical in air, soil and water. Inficon employs 260 at its global headquarters in Dewitt and 530 worldwide. 12/07

Lockheed Martin MS2 recently received a contract valued at $44 million form the Latvian National Armed Forces for two long-range AN/TPS-77 transportable air surveillance radar systems, as well as options for long-term technical support. 12/07

Plans have been announced for a 10-story, upscale condominium tower on University Hill. The developer of the Genesee Grande and Parkview Hotels plans to build the 63-unit tower next to the former Temple Adath Yeshurun building at Crouse Avenue and Harrison Street. Plans include renovation of the vacant temple into 17 condominium units. 12/07

One Clinton Square Associates LLC recently purchased the former Syracuse Savings Bank building on Clinton Square. Now known as the Bank of America building, plans call for restoring the upper floors to Class A office space. Bank of America will continue to occupy the first four floors. 12/07

Kirnan Real Estate announced plans for construction of a new facility on Old Liverpool Road. Kirnan will occupy 8,000 square feet of the 24,000-square-foot structure and lease the remaining space to tenants involved in the real estate industry. Construction should be completed by fall 2008.

The second phase of the Destiny USA project includes a 1,342-room hotel and conference center. The $450 million hotel, the tallest building in the state outside New York City, will be covered with green solar panel windows. Construction of Emeral 5 ShowTel and Conference Center is expected to begin in summer of 2009. 11/8/07.

Dupli Envelope & Graphics Corp. recently added a second iGen press to accommodate its growing online printing business. It is part of a $1 million, five-year investment in the company that is headquartered in Syracuse. 11/07

Lockheed Martins Undersea Systems facility in Salina was awarded an $11 million contract to develop, demonstrate and integrate a new Expendable Mine Neutralization System for the Navy. The company will develop hardware, software and interfaces for the systems and integrate it with the mine-hunting ships. 11/07

A $9 million construction project is planned at Hutchings Psychiatric Center to increase the space available for treating children. Plans call for renovation of two existing buildings and
construction of a new 3,000-square-foot single story on top of one of the existing buildings. 11/07

Visible Solutions, a woman-owned commercial cleaning company, recently moved to a larger facility on Thompson Road. Established in 1999 with three employees, the company currently employs approximately 25 people. 11/07

St. Camillus Health and Rehabilitation Center is planning a $2.8 million renovation and expansion for its traumatic brain injury program and adult day health program. The project will renovate 6,450 square feet of existing space and add 5,350 square feet. Construction is expected to begin next summer. 10/07

Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC recently announced the addition of 21 new attorneys to their firm, bringing its total to 175. BS&K plans to add an additionl eight more attorneys in 2008. 10/07

SUNY Upstate Medical University announced plans to expand its campus into downtwon Syracuse. SUNY Upstate purchased the former Four Winds Psychiatric Hospital on S. Salina Street and will use a portion of it for an expanded child-care center. The expanded center is expected to open in the fall 2008. 10/07

The former Masonic Temple Building in downtown Syracuse will be transformed into apartments. The $5.37 million project is expected to be complete by August 2008. 10/07

Cooper Crouse-Hinds has announced a plan to to boost its workforce by 103 employees. The division of Cooper Industries has identified a need to hire 50 hourly workers and 53 salaried workers. Crouse-Hinds makes electrical controls fittings, receptacles and other equipment used in hazardous environments. 09/07

Batteries Plus, a store specializing in over 12,000 different types of batteries, opened its first location on Erie Blvd. in the town of Dewitt. With the incredible successof it first store, plans are underwy on a second location on W. Genesee Street in Camillus. The company also plans to open stores in Rochester in the near future. 09/07

GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy has been awarded an estimated $50 million contract to provide services and equipment in a planned upgrade of Constellation Energys Nine Mile Point Power Station. The upgrade would focus on increasing the power stations second unit output by as much as 158 MW of electricity. 09/07

Employing an estimated 30 individuals, L.L.Bean opened an outlet store in Towne Center Drive in Fayetteville. The 15,000-square-foot store offers discounted apparel and gear. 09/07

Wooley Morris Architects have purchased a building at 401 N. State Street, Syracuse in their anticipated relocation from 313 E. Willow Street, Syracuse. The 4,650 square foot building will be renovated to house Wooley Morris Architects as well as apartments on the upper floors. 09/07

Alliance Bank plans to open a mortgage center in Cicero. The new mortgage center reflects steady growth in demand for residential mortagage portfolio management. Alliance Bank has hired four mortgage coordinators and is currently looking to add three more. The mortagage center will process applications from the banks 28 branches in Onondaga, Oswego, Cortland, Madison, and Oneida counties. 09/07

Drivers Village, the automotive supercenter located in Cicero, has completed construction on its newest dealership facility - a Hummer showroom. The opening of Burdick Hummer was celebrated with a grand opening event that included representatives from General Motors, local officials, the media, and other invited guests. 09/07

Syracuse Builders Exchange completed a $500,000 captial improvement renovation of its 8,300-square-foot facility. Investing its own resources, SBE added permanent value and additional capacity to the facility. Syracuse Builders Exchange was created in 1872 with the mission of furthering building and construction in Central New York. 09/07

Aspen Dental Management has announced its intent to open 50 new dental offices throughout the country in 2008. At its Syracuse headquarters and Training Center, Aspen Dental employs 150 people. An additional 100 people are employed in Aspens 27 Syracuse area dental offices. 09/07

Hiscock & Barclay is expanding its office in downtown Syracuse to support growth in its energy and intellectual property practices. Hiscock will add 6,600 square feet of space to its offices at One Park Place and will spend about $500,000 for the renovation. 09/07

PPC Manufacturing, located in the town of Dewitt , received approval for Empire Zone status and plans to add 50 new jobs over the next five years. PPC manufactures components for the cable and telephone industry. 09/07

SUNY Upstate Medical University is proposing a $510 million expansion for their academic medical center. The plan calls for expansion of research facilities, academic space and student housing. SUNY Upstate anticipates accomplishing this over the next five to seven years. 09/07

Continental Cordage Company located in Cazenovia is expanding. The company, an international supplier of wire, will add 20,000 square feet to existing facility. Currently 85 people are employed; additional jobs may be added as the company grows. 9/07

The Hotel Syracuse parking garage has reopened with 570 spaces following a $3 million renovation. The completion of this project is the first step toward revitalizing the historic hotel into a mixed use property with apartments, condominiums, retail space and hotel rooms. 9/07

SUNY Upstate Medical University recently opened the $10 million Setnor academic building The five-story, 46,000-square-foot building is the first new classroom space build by SUNY Upstate in nearly three decades. 08/07

Lakefront Lofts LLC recently acquired the property in Franklin Square for renovations of the upper two floors into 50 loft apartments. The three-story building on N. Clinton Street is the former factory that houses the Spaghetti Warehouse restaurant on the lower level. 09/07

Novelis Inc. has invested $9 million in a Oswego plant upgrade. The construction is planned to be completed by the second quarter of 2008. The upgrade will increase production of aluminum sheet by 10 percent. Each year Novelis invests an estimated $15 million to keep the Oswego plant current and competitive. 08/07

Lockheed Martin has been hired by the Royal Thai Air Force to provide long range radar. The long range radar will be manufactured at Lockheeds Salina facility. 08/07

Renovation of the former Hill Haven Nursing Home on East Genesee Street is underway. The existing building is being transformed into an apartment complex. The Bradford is scheduled for completion in late November. 08/07

Salsaritas Fresh Cantina has planned to add more Central New York restaurants. The fast growing Charlotte-based franchise is looking to capitalize on the success of the Liverpool restaurant that opened two years ago. 08/07

Vernon Downs has reopened a 173 suite facility near the Vernon Downs racetrack. Built in 1994, the hotel has received considerable renovations. Vernon Downs has about 300 employees, 30 of which work at the hotel. 08/07

Work continues on the 840,000-square-foot expansion of Carousel Center. Currently steel piles are being driven into the ground between the existing mall and Hiawatha Blvd. Concrete caps will then be poured making the expansions concrete foundation. 8/07

Ferris Industries in Madison County plans on constructing a 42,000-square-foot addition to its existing plant and adding new production equipment. The $3.2 million investment will create and additional 60 new jobs. 08/07

Newark Electronics Corporation, a 70 year-old electronic component distributor, has relocated its Syracuse-area office building to 225 Greenfield Parkway in the town of Salina. Formerly located on Morgan Rd in Clay , the move will give the company 3,500 square feet of new space. 08/07

The Bank of New York and Mellon Financial Corp., recently completed a significant merger. The newly formed company is one of the largest asset managers and asset servers in the world. The Bank of New York Mellon employs 800 people locally at two facilities  a 96,000-square-foot building at Sanders Creek Parkway and at Deys Centennial Plaza in downtown Syracuse. Worldwide, The Bank of New York Mellon employs 40,000 at operations in 37 countries. 08/07

G.A. Braun, a maker of commercial washers and dryers, will move to larger quarters in Hancock Air Park in Cicero. Plans call for the construction of a 155,000-square-foot building at a cost of $10 million. Construction is scheduled to begin in early fall with completion by fall 2008. Braun will retain its 80 employees and hire an additional 40 more over the next three years. 07/07

Plans for The Amos @ City Harbor, a lakefront high-end apartment development, are moving forward. Two industrial warehouses will be transformed into a $9 million, 47-unit upscale apartment house. The complex will feature apartments with 1,300 to 3,000 square feet of living area, concierge service, an exercise room, indoor parking and a skyline view that takes in the citys lakefront, North Side and downtown. The project is scheduled to open in the fall of 2008. 07/07

Defenshield, a small start-up company in East Syracuse that produces bullet and blast-resistant shields to protect officers at security check points, recently received a major order. Congressman James Walsh, R-Onondaga secured a $3.5 million defense appropriation for Defenshield to produce 350 additional bullet-resistant shields for the U.S. Army for use in Iraq and Afghanistan. The company recently moved to a new 7,500-square-foot facility. 7/07

24 Seven Inc. will locate a branch of its business intelligence office in Armory Square. The company is a national staff recruiter for jobs in the fashion, retail, beauty and entertainment industry. 24 Steven Inc. will employ 25 people initially and grow to 40 within a year. 07/07

King & King Architects LLP, a 140 year-old-architectural firm, is planning to move its headquarters to downtown Syracuse. Currently located in Manlius, the firm purchased an existing 51,000-square-foot building on West Jefferson St. formerly occupied by Dupli Envelope & Graphic Corp. Renovations should be complete by late 2008. The company currently employs 65 people. 06/07

JP Morgan Chase and Syracuse University announced a partnership to create a campus financial technology center. JP Morgan Chase will invest $30 million over a decade to develop a financial center and courses in financial services and information technology. The partners are developing a curriculum that will help develop the next generation of technology managers. The plan is to have the program available to undergraduate and graduate students beginning in 2008. The center will initially be housed in incubator space in Syracuse Universitys Case Center. 6/07

Syracuse University announced plans to build a new residence hall  the first in 40 years. The $50 million, 140,000-square-foot residence hall will feature 250 beds, a 500-seat dining facility, a 10,600-square-foot recreation facility, and 2,000-square-feet of academic space. The new facility is expected to open in August 2009. 06/07

Action Developers Inc. will soon begin construction on an action sports park that will include a water park in the town of Van Buren. The first to be constructed will a restaurant and then the paintball facility will be expanded to include an indoor skateboard park and go-cart racing. Construction of the 70,000-square-foot indoor water park is scheduled to begin after the first expansion is completed. 06/07

Acrolite, located in Elbridge, completed a 6,000-square-foot expansion to its existing 7,600-square-foot headquarters. Acrolite develops and manufactures fiber-optic lightening and sensing equipment for medical, dental, and industrial applications. The $300,000 expansion will allow the company to continue growing and add employees. 06/07

Eagan Real Estate announced plans develop an 18-lot gated community in its subdivision Waterford Woods in DeWitt and Manlius. Custom-built homes in the $10 million project will range in size from 3,000 square feet to 4,500 square feet and will average about $500,000. 06/07

The Syracuse Home Association, a not-for-profit health and rehabilitation center in Baldwinsville, plans to build an new 80-bed nursing home. The $12 million project is scheduled for completion by March 2009. 06/07

Syracuse Label Co. located in the town of Salina, plans to invest more than $2.8 million in machinery and equipment. The company makes pressure-sensitive labels and currently employs 85 people. An additional six jobs will be created within three years. 06/07

Marietta Corp., located in Cortland County , announced they will hire 250 technician and machine operators by mid-July to begin work on a new retail packaging contract. The company currently employs 550 workers. 06/07

OBrien & Gere, an engineering and construction company based in Dewitt, plans to add a new division dedicated to the design, construction and operation of utilities for industrial clients. The company secured $300 million in private equity and debt financing that will allow it to finance water treatment or power facilities for clients, or town them outright. As the market for its services grows, the Utility Services Group expects to hire 150 engineers, managers and technicians nationwide over the next two years. 05/07

Crown Risk Management, a growing employee-benefits and consulting firm, is relocating to larger headquarters. The new 3,600-square-foot location on 221 Warren Street will triple the firms current space. Crown Risk Management develops and implements employee-benefit programs, retirement plans, and insurance plans. 5/07

Marquardt Switches in Cazenovia is investing $10 million in facilities, equipment and new projects. The company employs 300 and is recruiting for 30 engineering and technical position. 5/07

The Carta Group, a local financial-planning firm and insurance agency, recently moved from Widewaters Parkway in the town of Dewitt to downtown Syracuse. The firm has taken space with its affiliate Sagemark Consulting, a division of Lincoln Financial Advisors (LAF) which currently occupies 8,000 square feet on the 18th floor of AXA Financial Tower I. 5/07

GE Inspection Technologies, located in Skaneateles Falls, broke ground on a new $12 million, 65,700-square-foot manufacturing facility. The company is a global leader in technology-
driven inspection solutions that deliver customer productivity, quality and safety. GE Inspection Technologies anticipates creating at least 50 new high-tech jobs over the next several years. 05/07

Wilbur National Bank, based in Oneonta, announced plans to build a full-service branch in Onondaga County in 2008. The building site is located on Collamer Road near Northern
Boulevard and Brittonfield Office Park. The branch is expected to open in January. 05/07

New York State Education and Research Network, known as NYSERNet, is building a center in the Atrium building in Clinton square. When construction is complete, NYSERNet will move its local office from the town of Salina to the downtown location. The company has 12 employees in Syracuse and 3 in Albany. 05/07

Construction of the Citys first market-rate apartment building since the 70s will be built on the corner of North Franklin Street and Genant Drive in Franklin Square. The new five-story, 36-unit building will feature one and two-bedroom apartments ranging in size from 625 square feet to 1,600 square feet. Completion of the $11.7 million project is targeted for fall of 2008. 5/07

Aldi Inc. plans to build a 160,000-square-foot addition to its distribution facility in Tully. The expansion will accommodate the firms ongoing growth. Aldi currently employs about 100 people at the distribution facility. 5/07

Cortland Plastics (Cortland County) received a community development loan. This enabled the company to purchase equipment for the manufacture of blow-molded plastic bottles. Cortland Plastics currently employs 12 people and has agreed to hire an additional 47 over the next three years. 05/07

Cortland Regional Medical Center (Cortland County) announced plans for a $25 million expansion project to build a three-floor surgical and obstetric unit. 05/07

First Niagara Bank will soon open a regional market center in downtown Syracuse. Located at 100 Clinton Square, the center will bring together 65 employees from other sites. 5/07

Allred & Associates moved from Auburn to a new 15,500-square-foot plant in the town of Elbridge. Allred makes carbon fiber components for various products including radar systems and prosthetic feet. The company currently employs 30 people. 4/07

Lockheed Martin in Salina has invested $47.5 million in its local facility since 2004 in part to some of the major contracts the company recently won. The company spent $17 million on facilities upgrade in 2006 and expects to spend an additional $12 million this year. Lockheed plan to add 150 people in the next few months to its employment base of 2,350. The company recruits engineers and other skilled workers on a regular basis. 03/07

Hiscock & Barclay LLP has expanded its intellectual-property practice group with the addition of seven new attorneys. The new additions give the firm 14 licensed patent attorneys and a presence in the Boston area. Hiscock currently employs 180 attorneys. 03/07

Mackenzie Hughes, LLP is launching three new practice areas that will focus on government grants, economic development, and public law and policy. The new practice will allow the firm to assist companies with a wide array of government issues.
Mackenzie Hughes employs 72 people, including 35 attorneys. The firm also has an office in Florida. 03/07

Romano Toyota-Scion dealership recently moved from a 17,000-square-foot facility in Dewitt to a 43,000-square-foot facility in East Syracuse to accommodate its growing business. The company will invest an additional $1 million into the building. The dealership is in the process of hiring additional technicians and salespeople. 03/07

Avalon Copy Centers, headquartered in Syracuse, is expanding its appellate-publishing division in response to strong demand for the units work. The division handles the preparation and production of documents that law firms file with the states appellate courts. Avalon employs 100 people and expects to add five people to its new division. 03/07

Green & Seifter CPAs, PLLC and Green Seifter Attorneys, PLLC have resigned a joint-lease on 37,000 square feet at One Lincoln Center in downtown Syracuse. The firms completed a $450,000 renovation to the space they have jointly occupied since the mid 1970s. They currently occupy two floors and have options to expand into about 4,000 square feet on a third floor. Green and Seifter accounting firm currently employs 37 and may hire an additional seven in the next few months. The law firm of Green Seifter Attorneys employs 67. 03/07

Carrier Corp. plans to invest up to $2 million in laboratory upgrades to its Dewitt facility. The local research facility will add 25 engineering jobs to ready its commercial rooftop air conditioning lines to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requirements. Carrier named its Dewitt campus one of its global lead design centers to conduct research and development for a broad range of air conditioning and refrigeration products. With 300 engineers, Dewitt is Carriers largest engineering location in the world. 03/07

Construction is underway for the six-story expansion of the SUNY Upstate Medical University Hospital. The Golisano Childrens Hospital will occupy the top two floors. Project completion is expected in 2009. 03/07

Isaac Heating and Air Conditioning based in Rochester, is planning to open a branch office in Syracuse. The 62-year old HVAC company has leased 5,000 square feet of office and warehouse space on Erie Blvd. East. In addition to the full-service HVAC business, the company also offers duct cleaning, back-up generator sales, installation, and services, electrical service, and whole-house solutions such as indoor air-quality services. 03/07

Construction is expected to begin in October for the $72.3 million downtown Onondaga County Convention Center Hotel. The planned 350-room Westin Hotel will be located on South State Street.
The full-service hotel will be attached to the Oncenter Complex and opening is targeted for late 2008 or early 2009. 02/07

Matlow Co., a metal recycler, is planning to invest $2.87 million in equipment to expand its business in the Town of Geddes. The company currently employs 30 people and expects to add 20 in the next few years. 2/07

Burnett Process, Inc., a local manufacturer of filters, foam, fiberglass insulation, ozone products and certain laminate products, is moving to larger headquarters to accommodate its growth. Formerly located in the town of Dewitt, the company will occupy 55,000 square feet in the One General Motors Drive facility in the Salina Industrial Park. The company currently employs 35 and expects add 15 employees over the next few years. 02/07

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract by the Romanian Ministry of Defense to significantly upgrade five AN/FPS-117 long-range radars originally delivered to Romania in 1990 and 1999. The upgrades, which will extend the service lives of the radars for 15 to 20 years, will be completed in Lockheed Martins Radar Systems facility in Syracuse, NY. 02/07

The leadership of the Syracuse Technology Garden has developed a new strategy to attract additional tenants to the 31,000-square-foot facility. Occupancy is currently at 52 percent and has become increasingly difficult to fill additional space because many of the companies seeking its resources are not yet mature enough for tenancy. Part of the new strategy is to welcome and assist less-developed businesses with a facility called the HotHouse. The HotHouse is an open 4,000-square-foot area in the Tech Garden that was formerly occupied by Destiny USA. The space will hold 20 two-person companies. Two companies currently occupy space in the Hothouse  Identity Defense and Packet TV. 02/07

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