Fage gets NY thank you for doubling production in Johnstown

In a nod to the enormous investment the yogurt producer has made in Fulton County, Empire State Development Corp. has awarded $780,000 to Fage USA Dairy Industry to cover the costs of new machinery and equipment.Fage Yogurt silos in Johnstown, NY

In September, the 87-year-old Greek company completed a two-year, $82 million expansion of its yogurt factory in Johnstown, part of a plan to retain 160 existing jobs and create 130 new ones. The company is advertising for lab technicians, maintenance technicians, warehouse and field operators, and according to ESD, has already created 113 new positions.

FAGE is one of 28 yogurt manufacturers in New York, double the number in 2000. FAGE continues to ride on the growing popularity of Greek yogurt as it faces growing competition from other major players including Chobani and Alpina USA.

To keep pace, FAGE has invested $200 million in the City of Johnstown since the company began production there six years ago.

“It’s good news. Fage is a good corporate citizen of Fulton County and a good employer,” said Ron Peters, the president of the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth.

100 years of great businesses in Fulton County

The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan  The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth's free networking event entitled "Business Jubilee" celebrated Fulton County businesses that have been in business for 50 years or more.

The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan
The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth’s free networking event entitled “Business Jubilee” celebrated Fulton County businesses that have been in business for 50 years or more.

Fulton County Center for Regional growth celebrated the “deep roots, strong hearts and unbridled optimism” of the county’s most venerable businesses at a Business Jubilee in November.

With generous support from community sponsors, the FCCRG highlighted and honored 29 businesses and organizations that have operated in Fulton County for 50 years or more.

The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan  Jack Scott of WENT radio speaks during the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth's "Business Jubilee."

The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan
Jack Scott of WENT radio speaks during the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth’s “Business Jubilee.”

Jack Scott of WENT Radio, noted: “The businesses represented here tonight have survived and thrived. And only the strong survive.”

Scott described the common threads all the businesses share: strength of character, the ability to adapt, dedication, optimism, resilience, a commitment to serve their markets with outstanding products and customer service.

The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan  FCCRG President Ron Peters

The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan
FCCRG President Ron Peters

About 150 people attended the networking event, which was a part of an ongoing effort by the CRG to show the advantages Fulton County has fostered for more than a century to entrepreneurs looking for places to settle and expand. At the same time, the event supported and encouraged the growth and strength of existing businesses.

“It’s about working together – 2016 is the year of cooperation and collaboration,” CRG President Ron Peters said.

The CRG had a poster made describing the history of each honoree business. To order a commemorative booklet of all of the posters from the event, please contact Becky either by phone or email (518-725-7700 or

The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan  Jeannie Moller, left, and her daughter Amie Waddle, both of Caroga, look at a display which features Bowman's Market in Gloversville during the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth's free networking event entitled "Business Jubilee."

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Jeannie Moller, left, and her daughter Amie Waddle, both of Caroga, look at a display which features Bowman’s Market in Gloversville during the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth’s “Business Jubilee.”

77 years: Bowman’s Market, 50 East Pine Street, Gloversville
54 years: Brown’s Ford, 121 North Comrie Avenue, Johnstown
64 years: Capano’s Barber Shop, 27 West Fulton Street, Gloversville
100 years: Century Linen & Uniform, 335 North Main Street, Gloversville
161 years: Cherry Valley Memorials, 141 South Main Street, Gloversville
59 years: Coldwell Banker Realty, 363 North Comrie Avenue, Johnstown
51 years: Derby Office Equipment, 25 North Arlington Ave., Gloversville
136 years: Frontier Communications, 137 Harrison Street Gloversville
51 years: Fulton County Board of Realtors, 32 Spring Street, Gloversville
123 years: Fulton County YMCA, 213 Harrison Street, Gloversville
96 years: Fulton Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, 2 North Main Street, Gloversville
76 years: Glove Cities Veterinary Hospital, 35 Harrison Street, Gloversville
101 years: Glove Theatre, 42 North Main Street, Gloversville
135 years: Gloversville Public Library, 58 East Fulton Street, Gloversville
125 years: Gloversville Sewing Center, 50 East Pine Street, Gloversville
62 years: Lexington ARC, 127 East State Street, Gloversville
81 years: Lohse Florist, 93 East State Street, Gloversville
97 years: Main Motorcar, 224 West Main Street, Johnstown
90 years: Mr. G’s Hair Gallery, 55 West Fulton Street, Gloversville
79 years: New York Lunch, 21 Bleecker Street, Gloversville
57 years: Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home, 111 County Highway 140, Johnstown
93 years: Rossbach Shoe, 10 West Fulton Street, Gloversville
66 years: Ruby & Quiri, 307 North Comrie Avenue, Johnstown
202 years: Saltsman’s Hotel, 104 County Highway 140, Fort Plain
107 years: Taylor Made Group, 66 Kingsboro Avenue, Gloversville
128 years: The Leader Herald, 8 East Fulton Street, Gloversville
71 years: WENT Radio, 138 Harrison Street Ext., Gloversville
75 years: WEST & Company, 97 North Main Street, Gloversville
107 years: Willing Helpers Home for Women, 226 West Madison Avenue, Johnstown

“I’m surprised by the amount of people who came out. It’s positive and uplifting,” said Richard Smith, owner of Century Linen and Uniform Service. The business – until this year known as Robison & Smith – has been operating in Fulton County for 100 years.

“It’s really good to showcase hometown businesses, to look at what they’re doing right,” Gloversville 5th Ward Supervisor Greg Young said.

The CRG is grateful for the generous support of the following businesses who made this event possible to be free and open to the public.

  • Century Sponsor: The Leader Herald
  • Golden Age Sponsor: Patriot Federal Bank
  • Jubilee Sponsors: Lexington, Fulton County Chapter, NYSARC Inc.;
  • West & Company; Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home; Frontier Communications
  • Sweets Sponsor: Fulton County Board of Realtors
  • Carving Station Sponsors: Ruby & Quiri; Wells Fargo Advisors

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Fulton County scores $8.49M in grants

The Mohawk Valley came away with $100.3 million for 92 projects through Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative. It was the largest amount granted to any of the regions that did not win one of three $500 million prizes in what critics have dubbed Cuomo’s Hunger Games.

Proposals from the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes and Central New York took those top prize packages.  The four other regions in the competition took away consolation prizes worth $100.3 million to the Mohawk Valley, $90.4 million to the Mid-Hudson region, $85.1 million to the North Country and $98.1 million to the Capital Region.

Fulton County departments and organizations received 16 grants totaling just over $8.49 million from the Regional Economic Development Council.  Fulton County projects to receive funding from various agencies and sources are:

Town of Johnstown Food Pantry, $400,000
Housing and Community Renewal Community Development Block Grant for Public Facilities to be used to rehabilitate the One Church Street facility, which houses a food pantry and soup kitchen.

St. John’s Episcopal Church, $80,000
An Empire State Development grant to assist with the conversion of the former YMCA building at One Church Street to for a commercial kitchen and dining room on the first floor and an emergency shelter on the upper floors.

Jumpstart Fulton County, $51,000
Empire State Development Grant to construct and install infrastructure upgrades at two locations linking the City of Gloversville and the city of Johnstown municipal water systems.

Fulton County Development Strategy, $20,000
Empire State Development grant to allow Fulton County to develop a County Development Strategy Plan outlining a 10-year vision for the County’s projects and strategies.

Fulton County Microenterprise Program, $200,000
Housing and Community Renewal Community Development Block Grant to assist in the Microenterprise Program for the advancement of small and startup businesses.

Tryon Technology Park, $10,000
Empire State Development grant for the demolition of three buildings and clearing of about 100 acres at the Tryon Technology Park.

Tryon Technology Park, $30,000
Empire State Development grant for renovating a building at Tryon Technology Park.

Fulton County Hydroseeding Program, $31,500
Department of Environmental Conservation Water Quality Improvement Project Program grant for the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District to continue a hydroseeding program that provides critical area seeding at the County landfill and stabilizes road ditches. In addition, the District will provide educational opportunities to municipalities throughout the county on the benefits of hydroseeding. The project will continue to reduce the amount of sediment entering waterbodies throughout Fulton County.

Gloversville Public Library, $500,000
An Empire State Development grant to assist with a $7 million capital campaign by the Gloversville Public Library, a building funded in 1904 by Andrew Carnegie. This grant focuses on renovations to bring the Beaux-Arts building into compliance with NYS building code and ADA Standards.

Gloversville Public Library, $500,000
New York State Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation grant for repair projects vital to the structural integrity of the 111-year-old public building, offering an opportunity to install energy efficient alternatives.

Gloversville Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility, $1.1 million
Department of Environmental Conservation Water Quality Improvement Project Program grant to install a disinfection system at the Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Wastewater Treatment Facility. The outcome will be to fully treat the effluent, which reduces environmental contamination.

Nathan Littauer Hospital Nursing Home, $740,000
An Empire State Development grant to help construct primary care and dialysis medical facilities in Perth, Fonda and Gloversville.

New Age Renewable Energy, $2,000,000
An Empire State Development grant to Johnstown Renewables, which will build an acid whey treatment facility in the Johnstown Industrial Park to provide and economically sound and environmentally sound process for dealing with yogurt-making byproducts.

New Age Renewable Energy Corporation, $940,000
A second Empire State Development grant for the acid whey facility.

Robison Smith, Inc., $1,700,000
An Empire State Development grant to retain the 100-year-old industrial laundry company in Fulton County by assisting in the consolidation of two antiquated plants into a single state-of-the-art facility.

Mohawk Valley Path Through History Cycling Trails, $291,500
An Empire State Development grant to the Workforce Investment Board of Herkimer, Oneida and Madison counties to implement the next phase of its original multi-year plan to develop and market cycling trails to connect the existing Erie Canalway Trail to historic sites throughout the project area. The plan aims to increase visitation, sales and occupancy tax revenues.

The Fulmont College Association for the Global Village project at Fulton-Montgomery Community College was awarded $3.7 million to put in a sewer line for wastewater.

Neighboring Montgomery County and several of its villages will receive a total of $455,000 from the New York State Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation, Department of State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program and the Canal system. Improvements will be made to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Park in the Village of St. Johnsville; the Mohawk River Scenic Overlook Waterfront Access Facility in the Village of Fultonville; a new Canalside Park off South Bridge Street in the Village of Fonda; and the Bike Trail Restoration project.

The Bike Trail restoration will focus on existing portions of the State Canalway bike trail from Fort Hunter to Fultonville and from Fultonville to Root. These spans will be paved to create a cohesive trail system with the other already paved sections. The smioother roads will cut down on maintenance and create a safer, more inviting experience for bicyclists, runners and pedestrians.


Even though the larger multi-county proposal from the Mohawk Valley did not win one of the half-billion grants, Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort said the URI competition created an opportunity for the people of the Mohawk Valley to come together to develop long-range thinking and coordinated plans. That process made the counties forge closer relationships.

“We’ve worked very well with Fulton County for many years, and Schoharie County to some extent. But when you add in Otsego, Herkimer, Oneida…there’s definitely a stronger bond there than previously, and I would argue, probably many, many years.”

The Cuomo administration said Round V of the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative has added $2.25 billion to projects throughout the state.

Cuomo said he plans to provide additional funding for the four regions that did not take home the $500 million top prize.

“I’m going to propose in the budget next year, to my colleagues in the legislature, for those regions that are not successful today in the URI grant, we allocate an additional $50 million to those regions, to those four regions, so they know they get $50 million to fund their top priorities, because there are no bad proposals,” Cuomo said.

Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi of Utica said the Mohawk Valley region has also received more than $500 million in state investment into the Nano Utica Project, including GE’s Quad-C facility and ams’s semiconductor manufacturing plant.


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Mohawk Valley Makes Its Case for $500M URI prize

The MV500 strategy “Sparking Transformation” – our plan for regional revitalization for the REDC Upstate Revitalization Initiative – was presented in Albany on Wednesday, October 21. The final part of the presentation was a video overview of the Mohawk Valley and its bright future. Thank you for believing in our region! Please watch and share – and stay tuned for further developments as we wait for the final announcements in the next few months.

Reflecting the voices of thousands from across Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego and Schoharie counties – and the efforts of hundreds of community leaders and volunteers – the MV500 plan describes how our region is ready for transformative change. Its strategies lay the groundwork for the Upstate Revitalization Initiative’s potential infusion of $500 million at a time when the Mohawk Valley is already seeing the beginnings of its long-awaited rebirth. As a strategy document, it describes our potential for meaningful and sustainable growth in STEM-related industries, Agribusiness, and Tourism as well as advancing investments in the Opportunity Agenda and Vibrant Downtowns.

URI has been nicknamed “Upstate New York’s Hunger Games” Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan divides upstate New York into seven regions and sets those regions in competition with each other for one of three $500 million economic development prizes. The awards require a $100 million match from the winning coalitions.

Read a PDF copy of the full plan here.


Remains of Vail Mills Drive-In to become office building

CMK & Associates has begun construction of a 2,800-square-foot office building at the site of the Vail Mills Drive-In. The Northville-based real estate company said its rapid growth since forming in 2008 prompted the expansion.vail mills

“We are thrilled to be expanding our fast-growing company once again,” said CMK broker/owner Christian Klueg. “Building an office at this site is not only momentous for us as a business, but we are also excited to be growing on the footprint of such a historic landmark.”

Klueg said CMK’s sales volume is up 35 percent over last year to date, with agents handling $24 million in sales volume under contract. The company expects to close $60 million in sales this year.

CMK Associates has offices in Northville, Burnt Hills, Amsterdam, Speculator and Johnstown, with more than 50 agents and staff. CMK agents and staff currently working in the CMK office across the street from Vail Mills will move into the new building when it is complete.

 A team from CMK Marketing, the real estate company’s sister agency, will move to the new building from an office in Northville. CMK Marketing also has an office in Clifton Park. The certified public accounting firm of LCS & Z, LLP will also be housed on the new site, in an adjacent office space.

“The opening of this new office is of great benefit to the entire CMK team,” said CMK principal broker Bryn Brown. “We plan to use the new facility for training and ongoing education, which will help keep us on top of our game and allow us to bring even greater value to our clients.”

 The drive-in opened in 1948 and has been closed since 1987. Land has been sold from the original parking field to neighboring businesses and developers. The marquee from the drive-in days remains on the property and has been used to advertise the sale of modular homes.

 CMK plans to restore the sign.

Microenterprise Grant Program Loan Awarded

Cosmetics firm nails new loan

By MICHAEL ANICH, Originally printed in the Leader Herald, reprinted with permission

CRG President and CEO Ronald Peters today indicated the company receiving only the second loan through the CRG program is SW Skin Care & Cosmetics, Inc. of 86 Briggs St. He said the closing on the grant was Friday.

The CRG on Friday morning had declined to name the company at its board of directors meeting at Crossroads Business Park.

SW Skin Care & Cosmetics offers services such as facials, waxing, massage, makeup and nails. It was formed by Sherry Wieszchowski to provide the “best possible skin care and make-up services in the region,” its website says. The small company has attracted clients from all over New York, as well as from Massachusetts, Vermont, Virginia, Florida and Canada, the site says.

CRG President and CEO Ronald Peters said the Microenterprise Grant Program, funded by the state, is administered by the CRG. He said it has been successful so far, although awards have been slow in closing.

“That program’s going good,” he stated. “It takes time.”

Offered is federal Community Development Block Grant funding filtered through the state Office of Community Renewal to be administered to local businesses in the county.

The CRG previously awarded a $25,000 check to L&L Embroidery of Johnstown through the Microenterprise Grant Program. The program is helpful for small start-up businesses and young companies, providing seed money to grow. A microenterprise is defined as a commercial enterprise that has five or fewer full-time employees, one or more of which owns the enterprise at the time of application.

“The state wants to move the process up,” Peters said. “We’re told our program is real successful.”

Peters also reported the county had 21 Consolidated Funding Applications seeking funding go into the state this year. He said that hopefully some of the applications will be successful and assist further development of the Tryon Technology Park in Perth.

“I’m excited about it,” Peters said of the CFA process. “I think we’re going to hit a home run.”

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

ESD announces REDC and URI Proposals


 Presentations To Take Place In Albany Next Week

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jason Conwall | | (800) 260-7313; ESD Press Office | | (800) 260-7313

 Empire State Development (ESD) President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky today announced the 2015 Strategic Implementation Assessment Team (SIAT), led by Secretary of State Cesar Perales, will soon review the 2015 Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Progress Reports and Round V proposals recently submitted by New York’s 10 REDCs, as well as the Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) plans submitted by the seven participating regions. As in years past, the SIAT will be composed of State officials and outside economic development experts, each of whom have years of experience working on community and economic development projects and planning.

 “The SIAT’s assessments on how to best leverage State and local resources with private investment are very important because of the members’ extensive experience in economic and community development,” Zemsky said. “Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative, we are already seeing results — with thousands of projects leveraging billions in private investment and supporting the creation and retention of 150,000 jobs across the state. This year’s competition is sure to continue to strengthen and diversify New York’s economic landscape in Round V.”

In addition, Commissioner Zemsky today announced each of the 10 REDCs will present their Round V proposals to the SIAT in Albany on Tuesday, October 20, Wednesday, October 21, and Thursday, October 22. Each region will have up to 45 minutes to provide an in-person presentation to the SIAT, which will include updates on their strategic plan goals, progress achieved on priorities from previous rounds, and outlines of their Round V strategies. The presentations will be followed by 30 minutes of questions from the review team.

“The locally-led and driven Regional Economic Development Council process has been instrumental in spurring investment and creating jobs throughout New York State, reinforcing Governor Cuomo’s successful vision of a bottom-up competitive approach for economic growth,” said New York Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales, Chair of the Governor Cuomo’s Strategic Implementation Assessment Team. “I look forward to hearing about the progress made thus far by the Regional Economic Development Councils and about their respective plans for the Upstate Revitalization Initiative.”

The REDCs will present their Round V proposals according to the following schedule:

 Tuesday, October 20, 2015

9:30 a.m.        Mid-Hudson Presentation

11:45 a.m.      Capital Region Presentation

3:00 p.m.        Southern Tier Presentation

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

9:00 a.m.       Mohawk Valley Presentation

11:15 a.m.      North Country Presentation

1:30 p.m.        Finger Lakes Presentation

3:45 p.m.        Central NY Presentation

Thursday, October 22, 2015

9:30 a.m.        Western NY Presentation

11:45 a.m.      New York City Presentation

2:00 p.m.        Long Island Presentation

The REDC process has transformed economic development by streamlining the funding application process and creating a statewide framework for regional economic growth in New York State. Since 2011, nearly $3 billion has been awarded to support over 3,100 projects that are supporting the creation or retention of more than 150,000 jobs statewide.

Through the past four rounds of the REDC competition:

  • Western New York REDC has delivered $272.5 million for 304 projects;
  • Finger Lakes REDC has delivered $305.5 million for 355 projects;
  • Southern Tier REDC has delivered $303.2 million for 298 projects;
  • Central New York REDC has delivered $344.5 million for 311 projects;
  • Mohawk Valley REDC has delivered $261.9 million for 264 projects;
  • North Country REDC has delivered $338.1 million for 291 projects;
  • Capital Region REDC has delivered $255.8 million for 365 projects;
  • Mid-Hudson REDC has delivered $302.2 million for 350 projects;
  • New York City REDC has delivered $236.1 million for 231 projects; and
  • Long Island REDC has delivered $326.2 million for 347 projects.

In April, Governor Cuomo launched Round V of the REDC initiative, officially kicking off the 2015 competition for up to $750 million in state economic development resources. The Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) opened to applicants on May 1 with a deadline for submissions on July 31 to provide businesses, municipalities, not-for-profits, and the public with the opportunity to apply. Through a single application, assistance from dozens of state funding programs was made available to support job-creating economic and community development projects throughout the state.

In Round V, to continue to generate investment opportunities and job creation, the REDCs will compete for up to $150 million in capital funds and $70 million in Excelsior Tax Credits for projects and activities identified by the Councils as priorities in their regions. Additionally, up to $530 million from state agency programs will be awarded through the CFA process.

 There are 11 state agencies participating in Round V, including Empire State Development; Canal Corporation; New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA); Environmental Facilities Corporation; Homes and Community Renewal; Department of Labor; New York Power Authority (NYPA); Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; Department of State; Department of Environmental Conservation, and Council on the Arts.

 This year, the competition is focused on:

  • Regional Industry Clusters;
  • Global NY;
  • Project Pipeline;
  • Strategic Plan Implementation;
  • Workforce Development;
  • Performance Measures; and
  • Ongoing state priorities and regional initiatives.

For more information on these components of the competition, visit the 2015 REDC Guidebook at

 The 2015 Regional Council awards will be announced this fall.


Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI): $1.5 billion

In addition to the REDC competition, in January of this year, Governor Cuomo announced the Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) and the partnership between the Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) to invest $1.5 billion in Upstate New York. The URI is an opportunity for the communities to address the economic challenges of their regions and work together in bringing jobs back Upstate. The URI is a separate competition and deadline from the CFA. The URI includes up to $500 million for three selected REDCs to implement over a five-year period. On October 5, 2015, the following regions submitted revitalization plans: Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mid-Hudson, Mohawk Valley, North Country, and Southern Tier.


The three URI winners, to be announced later this fall, will receive approximately $130 million each this year ($100 million in URI funding, and an estimated $30 million from Round V of the REDC competition). Aside from those regions, three regions will earn “Top Performer” distinction in the REDC competition and will receive approximately $105 million each. Finally, the remaining four regions will receive approximately $90 million each through the REDC competition – which is more than the average amount awarded to the top place finisher in prior years.

To learn more about the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, click here.

About the Regional Economic Development Councils  

The Regional Economic Development Council initiative (REDC) is a key component of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s transformative approach to State investment and economic development. In 2011, Governor Cuomo established 10 Regional Councils to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth for their regions. The Councils are public-private partnerships made up of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. The Regional Councils have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach and establishing a competitive process for State resources. After four rounds of the REDC process, nearly $3 billion has been awarded to more than 3,100 job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans, supporting the creation or retention of more than 150,000 jobs. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit

  About Empire State Development

Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency ( The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I Love NY,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, visit and

Yogurt plant’s wastewater helps power electrical grid

Maintenance supervisor James McMillan checks a waste water to energy generator at the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility Thursday Oct. 8, 2015 in Johnstown, NY. (John Carl D'Annibale / Times Union)

Maintenance supervisor James McMillan checks a waste water to energy generator at the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility Thursday Oct. 8, 2015 in Johnstown, NY. (John Carl D’Annibale / Times Union)

Yogurt plant’s wastewater helps power electrical grid

Fage provides a cultured energy resource

Medical marijuana ‘harvest’ set for fall


Dr. Kyle Kingsley, left, CEO of Minnesota-based Vireo Health, is shown with Michael Newell, chief operating officer of Empire State Health Solutions, at the Tryon Technology Park in July. Leader-Herald file photo

Cultivation under way at new Perth plant

October 2, 2015

PERTH – Empire State Health Solutions at the new Tryon Technology Park could start producing its medical marijuana products by late November, but won’t be able to legally dispense the medicine until the start of the year.

Dr. Kyle Kingsley, CEO of Minnesota-based Vireo Health, which counts Empire State Health Solutions as its newest operation, said his company’s product will be sought by many in need.

Empire State Health Solutions’ four medical marijuana distribution sites, or dispensaries, will be in Albany, Broome, Queens and Westchester counties.

“I think there’s probably easily going to be hundreds of people in New York state,” Kingsley said of the customer base.

He added, “We’re well into the cultivation process.”

Empire State Health Solutions is operating a 208,000-square-foot medical marijuana manufacturing plant on 20 acres of the Tryon Technology Park campus off County Highway 107. The Fulton County Industrial Development Agency owns the new park.

Kingsley said the facility will have its “first harvest” this fall, with production starting in late November or early December. He said the company probably will be ready to sell its product by year’s end, but can’t legally sell it until January.

The company has started hiring people for the operation, which expects to eventually employ about 100 sometime next year.

Empire State Health Solutions was one of five groups to gain state Department of Health permission July 31 to make and process licensed medical marijuana in the state.

In July 2014, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature enacted the Compassionate Care Act, and the state Department of Health is implementing the medical marijuana program. The program will ensure medical marijuana is available for certified patients with serious conditions and is dispensed and administered safely. Patients with certain diseases – including cancer, AIDS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy – will be allowed to get prescriptions to obtain forms of the drug that are edible or vaporized, but not smoked.

Kingsley said the employment process for the Perth facility is ongoing.

“We’re actually looking for lab technicians and lab supervisors,” Kingsley said.

He said his company wants to hire chemists and people who have worked in labs, as well those who have worked on the manufacturing of medical devices.

Meanwhile, the IDA is finalizing sale of the Tryon building to Empire State Health Solutions – the park’s first tenant.

“We’ve authorized the sale,” IDA Executive Director James Mraz said Wednesday. “We’re just finalizing the terms and language.”

Mraz said local economic officials, including those from the IDA and Fulton Center for Regional Growth, continue to recruit for more companies for the Tryon park.

“It’s a daily grind,” he said. “We’ve got a number of industries out there. We have a number of things [we are] going to try to generate more leads.”