Fulton County CRG assisting recycling company

JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth is assisting a recycling company trying to site an operation at the Johnstown Industrial Park, a CRG official said last week.

Agency President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Reese reported to the Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee he is pursuing a project at the Johnstown Industrial Park.

“I’m working with a recycling company,” Reese stated.

He declined to name the company, but said it would be at the old Merkt building at the park.

Reese said he’s assisting the owner of the recycling company to develop a business plan that would be used to seek funding from the Mohawk Valley Regional Council for the establishment of an operation in the industrial park.

Elsewhere in his report to the committee:

Reese said he’s assisting the owner of a small business located in the town of Perth with funding options for a planned expansion of the operation.

The CRG has negotiated lease extensions for various Crossroads Incubator Corp. tenants located at facilities in Johnstown and Gloversville, Reese said. He said the CRG currently has a small amount of office space available at 160 Enterprise Drive, Gloversville, and warehousing space at 20 Crescendoe Road, Johnstown.

Reese said the CRG posted a recent blog article on its website about Pata Negra LLC on Harrison Street – one of the county’s newest businesses. He said this sausage company adds another company to the CRG’s “growing cluster of high-end food manufacturers.” The firm’s website says it has a “state-of-the-art facility that makes all sorts of Spanish style cured meats.”

“We visited the plant in February,’ Reese said.

He said the company at 20 Harrison St. is already producing several hundred pounds of sausage per month.

“We have six potential projects for the Microenterprise Grant Program,” Reese reported.

The program is raising awareness with entrepreneurs in Fulton County that there are local resources available for small start-up businesses and young companies, he said. Reese said the latest potential project involves him being contacted by an engineering firm in Gloversville that has a project that may qualify for assistance from the program.

Reese said he spoke with an entrepreneur who has an interest in developing a housing project in the village of Broadalbin.

The real estate firm the CRG hired to list the Estee Commons apartment complex has identified a potential purchaser for the facility, Reese said. He said the CRG is working through its realtor and providing relevant information to elicit a purchase offer.

Reese said he’s been discussing various utility upgrades at the Johnstown Industrial Park with members of National Grid’s economic development team. He said these upgrades will assist existing companies that grow in the park, as well as increase electric and gas capacity for development of a proposed regional business park to the south, if it comes to fruition.

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