CRG fields inquiries for potential businesses

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth has fielded numerous inquiries recently for potential business in the county, including two restaurants and a coffee house in Johnstown.

The inquiries were imparted recently by the CRG to the county Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development Committee. The panel went into a closed-door executive session with CRG President/CEO Ronald Peters at the County Office Building for some of his monthly report.

Peters said the CRG fielded these inquiries regarding Fulton County, for which he didn’t publicly detail: site for a distribution location, site for a 20,000-square-foot light manufacturing facility, location for an 8,000 to 12,000-square-foot “fulfillment center,” two restaurants and a coffee house in Johnstown, funding for a minority construction business, a two-person organization looking for an office in Gloversville, person looking to start up a retail business in the city of Johnstown, manufacturer in the Johnstown Industrial Park, and a building owner looking for assistance.

Concerning shovel-ready sites, Peters reported to supervisors a request was received from a broker for 2,500 square feet of space available in the Tryon Technology Park in Perth. But Peters said that “at this time,” there doesn’t appear to be space available for lease at that park.

Peters said the CRG continues to work with Pioneer Window Manufacturing Corp. on its 120,000-square-foot expansion project at the Johnstown Industrial Park. He said the company filed with the state a project worksheet for additional assistance. The project is expected to create 75 additional Pioneer jobs.

“The state has been working with us diligently,” Peters said.

Elsewhere in the CRG report, Peters said his agency is starting to assist Benjamin Moore & Co. with a Community Development Block Grant application. He said a pre-application for CDBG funding for a project by Evolution Recycling in Johnstown was approved by the state. He said the CRG is assisting a Johnstown Industrial Park company with financing.

“Its been a very, very busy month,” Peters said.

He said he met with a property owner near the Walmart Supercenter looking to do something with their property.

Peters said he gave a presentation at the quarterly membership meeting of the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District about opportunities in Fulton County. He said he met with a developer exploring putting residential units in the town of Johnstown. He said he also is working with a company in Gloversville’s Crossroads Industrial Park, although he didn’t divulge details.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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