CRG eyes a potential warehouse tenant

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth announced Thursday it may have a new business tenant by May 1 for the former Finkle Distributors warehouse.

CRG President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Reese mentioned the business prospect in a meeting Thursday with his board of directors at the Johnstown Professional Complex.

Reese didn’t divulge the name of the company, but said a “target date” of May 1 was set for the business to move into the 113,400-square-foot building at 160 Enterprise Drive in the Johnstown Industrial Park.

Finkle Distributors filed for bankruptcy and was sold to California-based Core-Mark Holding Co. in August 2010 before vacating the facility. According to the CRG website, the building has 113,400 square feet of “low bay” warehouse space, office space, docks, and ample parking. The metal-and-brick building was built in 1996.

Elsewhere in his report, Reese said the CRG hopes to get a proposal from a developer for the Estee Commons project on North Main Street in Gloversville “in the near future.” The name of the developer has not been released.

Reese said the CRG will make an official announcement soon on the Spanish sausage company due to move into Gloversville.

The Leader-Herald has already reported meat processor Pata Negra plans to begin production in April at 20 Harrison St., with the first products leaving the warehouse in May.

“We could have a real niche with food manufacturing and food packaging,” said CRG board Chairman Dustin Swanger.

Food operation successes in Fulton County in recent years have included yogurt maker Fage USA and cheese producer Euphrates Inc.

Reese said he will be meeting more frequently with county officials about ways to market food processing in the county. He said “food hubs” could be created, and the county could push the selling of local food products as part of a larger marketing effort.

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