North Country

Winter 2017 Newsletter- Project Launches
St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce (St. Lawrence County) Canton, New York

Type of Organization: Non-profit dedicated to cultivating, developing, and supporting chamber members and other businesses in St. Lawrence County

Project Type: Training

Project Name: Bed & Breakfast Start Up Pilot Program - Instruction

Impact to Jobs: Job Growth, Skill Development

Project Focus: Develop the tourism industry in the North Country by providing instruction to startup B&B's. This project will help five individuals actively pursue the opening of their lodging establishments which, in turn, are anticipated to lead to business growth and job creation.

Employees at Location: 3.5

Jain Irrigation, Inc. (Jefferson County) Watertown, New York

Type of Organization: Manufacturer of water irrigation drip tape, serving a wide range of agricultural businesses

Project Type: Training

Project Name: Manufacturing Technology Program

Impact to Jobs: Job Retention, Skill Development

Project Focus: Develop an incumbent worker in the machine shop by providing training in math, computer operation, blueprint reading, and more. This project will help the company improve on a backlog of projects, retaining customers and staff. 

Employees at Location: 96

Great Lakes Cheese of New York (Jefferson County) Adams, New York

Type of Organization: Manufacturer of American style cheddar cheese (in Adams NY plant); provolone and mozzarella (in Cuba NY plant)

Project Type: Training

Project Name: Ammonia Refrigeration Training

Impact to Jobs: Skill Development, Job Promotion

Project Focus: Increase the knowledge of plant technicians around safe work practices with a known hazardous refrigerant. The project will result in the skill development of attendees who will then implement the concepts learned - including the refrigeration cycle, proper isolation, and repair strategies - in the workplace. The impact on the company is anticipated to be increased machine uptime, productivity, and opportunities for employee advancement.

Employees at Location: 340 (both plants)

Powertex (Clinton County) Rouses Point, New York

Type of Organization: Manufacturer of bulk container liner systems serving a number of sectors that ship in bulk

Project Type: Training

Project Name: LEAN & Standards Control Training

Impact to Jobs: Job Retention, Skill Development

Project Focus: Develop additional qualified internal auditors to replace some who have left, and ultimately to satisfy the requirements of an international quality and environmental standard. The project will result in the skill development of current employees leading to the implementation of concepts learned in the workplace and job retention.

Employees at Location: 30

Riverside Iron LLC (St. Lawrence County) Gouverneur, New York

Type of Organization: Business

Project Type: Equipment

Project Name: Equipment - Overhead Crane Refurbishment

Impact to Jobs: Job Growth, Job Retention

Project Focus: Refurbish a company crane with a goal of decreasing downtime currently experienced during receiving and shipping. The refurbishment will include the installation of remote controls, which will also improve safety for the crane's operators. The project is expected to result in improved productivity, and therefore job retention and job growth.

Employees at Location: 9

NYCO Minerals (Essex County) Willsboro, New York

Type of Organization: Unionized mining and mineral processing facility

Project Type: Training

Project Name: ISO Internal Auditor Training

Impact to Jobs: Job Retention, Skill Development

Project Focus: Develop additional qualified internal auditors to replace some who have left, and ultimately to satisfy the requirements of an international quality and environmental standard. The project will result in the skill development of current employees leading to the implementation of concepts learned in the workplace and job retention.

Employees at Location: 82

Kingston Pharma LLC (St. Lawrence County) Massena, New York

Type of Organization: Developer, manufacturer, and marketer of consumer healthcare products

Project Type: Equipment

Project Name: Equipment - Pasteurization and Filling Equipment

Impact to Jobs: Job Growth, Skill Development

Project Focus: Help the company with equipment that will allow it to manufacture new products such as pediatric electrolytes. Anticipated outcomes included expanded opportunities for exports and improved safety of products, as well as the development of current employees and workforce growth.

Employees at Location: 11

Fockler Industries, LLC (St. Lawrence County) Norfolk, New York

Type of Organization: Machine and fabrication shop specializing in customized equipment or replacement parts for other manufacturing companies

Project Type: Equipment

Project Name: Equipment - Welder, Shear, & Mazak Live Tooling

Impact to Jobs: Job Retention, Skill Development

Project Focus: Bring new technology into the shop in order to diversify services provided.

Employees at Location: 10

Mountain Lake Services (Essex County) Port Henry, New York

Type of Organization: Non-profit that provides support services, including job training and employment opportunities, to individuals with disabilities.

Project Type: Equipment

Project Name: Equipment - Forklift

Impact to Jobs: Job Retention, Skill Development

Project Focus: Help the non-profit grow a new pallet and pellet manufacturing facility that provides employment opportunities for the individuals it serves. This model – where non-profits that support individuals with disabilities diversify into manufacturing operations in order to ensure their clients are employed – is one that WDI is seeing with increased frequency.

Employees at Location: 15

North American Tapes (Jefferson County) Watertown, New York

Type of Organization: Manufacturer of quality pressure sensitive adhesive tapes

Project Type: Other

Project Name: Line Upgrade to enable enhanced Programmable Logic Controls

Impact to Jobs: Job Growth, Job Retention

Project Focus: Assist the company with fit-out of expanded space to accommodate significant new enhancements to equipment. The enhancements are expected to lead to additional capacity and growth. Staff will have opportunities to upgrade skills via training on the new equipment.

Employees at Location: 30

DeFelsko Corporation (St. Lawrence County) Ogdensburg, New York

Type of Organization: Manufacturer of coating thickness gauges and inspection instruments

Project Type: Training

Project Name: Leadership Training

Impact to Jobs: Job Growth, Job Retention

Project Focus: Provide leadership training to key staff to coincide with efforts by the company to expand products, services, and overall capacity. Topics covered will include both traditional leadership training as well as growth dynamics, generational differences, and team building.

Employees at Location: 78

Adirondack Battery and Solar, LLC (St. Lawrence County) Parishville, New York

Type of Organization: Company that offers consulting, installation, maintenance, and design for solar installations on and off the grid

Project Type: Training

Project Name: NABCEP Certification

Impact to Jobs: Job Growth, Skill Development

Project Focus: Assist the company in obtaining a key industry certification that will position it to capture emerging and expanding energy installation opportunities for residential and commercial work.  This internationally accepted certification is expected to lead to business and job growth.  

Employees at Location: 1

**PLEASE NOTE: If the number of employees is listed as "n/a," then the project is targeted to other organizations. For example, building trades unions run training programs for their members, but members are hired separately by general contractors. In other cases, a non-profit may be running a program that serves others.