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Official: Plant on schedule

November 13, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - Paving of Old Sweet Road leading to CG Roxane's new 170,000-square-foot springwater bottling plant in the town has been completed, and steel has been erected for the new building, an official said last week.

Fulton County Industrial Development Agency Executive Director James Mraz gave his board an update on the project Thursday at the Fort Johnstown Annex.

"It's all on schedule, moving forward," Mraz said.

San Francisco-based CG Roxane is investing more than $25 million to eventually produce more than a million bottles of Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water per day starting next year at the new building site at 325 Watershed Road. Munter Enterprises of Middle Grove is doing construction work. CG Roxane initially plans to hire 33 people, and eventually hire more than a dozen more when it expands with a second phase that includes a 65,545-square-foot addition of warehouse space.

"All the steel for the building is up," Mraz said. "All the side paneling is up and they'll be finishing the roof soon."

Mraz told the IDA he talked to Gilles Romet, CG Roxane's director of development, about the project. He said Romet indicated the new Old Sweet Road is done and guiderails are being put up, with centerline striping.

CG Roxane is rebuilding Old Sweet Road to town standards to provide easier access from Route 29. Mraz said that is so trucks carrying "huge" amount of concrete can make it to the building site for the 6-inch slab to be poured for the 170,000-square-foot building. The new road has 12-foot driving lanes and three-foot shoulders to accommodate traffic.

Mraz said 50 percent of the siding and roof panels were installed, and waterlines from wells to the bottling plant are complete. The company has a contract to buy water from the village of Canajoharie. The company has said it might purchase Johnstown city water, but it doesn't yet have a water contract with the city.

National Grid cleared trees along Watershed Road, but Mraz said no work has started yet on installation of poles, wires and a planned substation.

Mraz said CG Roxane's equipment is slated to arrive from Europe "in a month."

"They're making arrangements for technicians to come here to install it," he said.

CG Roxane is building its facility on land owned by the IDA. CG Roxane is receiving two exemptions from the IDA - a 485-b real property tax exemption and a sales-tax exemption. Mraz said the lease and PILOT agreements were finalized, deeds were filed, and a closing on the property should occur shortly.

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



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