Industrial park seeing action

Companies starting to take interest

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County supervisors heard from economic development officials that business activity is picking up at the Johnstown Industrial Park.

The briefing was contained in a monthly report recently given by the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth to the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee. The Johnstown Industrial Park off Route 30A was a focal point of discussions.

“A lot of work is going on there,” CRG board member Kent Kirch told the committee.

The report indicated a local, unnamed manufacturer in the Johnstown Industrial Park that was offered a state financing package is moving forward. The CRG says the company is looking at closing on its facility soon.

CRG officials say they are working with a another company in the Johnstown park looking to expand by purchasing additional equipment. Officials said the project may expand to a larger project. The company may add 20 jobs when done with its expansion.

The report said the CRG is still working with another large company in the Johnstown Industrial Park exploring the possibility of expansion.

In addition, the CRG is assisting an unnamed company at the Crossroads Industrial Park in Gloversville.

The CRG is continuing work with the former Diana Knitting Mill building at 229 N. Perry St. in Johnstown, in conjunction with the city of Johnstown. Townsend Leather wants to take over the building and expand.

Officials said the CRG continues to work on a financial application which is “looking good” for a project in downtown Gloversville, the county heard. The CRG says it is also meeting with LaBella Associates, which is preparing a downtown development plan for Gloversville.

The CRG said it is waiting to see how a $500,000 state Consolidated Funding Application fares for a Main Street Anchor Grant being sought for the village of Northville. More will be known in December, when awards are announced.

The CRG has added new material recently to the agency website – The CRG is exploring doing an update/revamping of the website.

A business financing symposium involving the CRG and the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District is being planned for early spring.

Kirch also reported on the CRG’s 2016 Microenterprise Grant Program. To date, the state has approved a total of four applications for small businesses. One application more recently came in and was submitted to the county. Two more grants are in the process of being finalized.

The CRG’s next scheduled business tour for elected officials is 3 p.m. Oct. 19 at Taylor Made Products in Gloversville.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at