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Regional Employers in the Manufacturing Field

The following list of manufacturing companies was compiled by the Oswego County Business Magazine for its Business Guide.

AGRI-BUSINESS:

BIRDS EYE FOODS COMPANY
Address: 607 Phillips Street
Fulton
, NY 13069
Web site: www.birdseyefoods.com

Total employment: 280

The plant has been providing quality vegetable and fruit products to the retail trade on a national basis since 1902. It produces a full range of Birds Eye value-added products, with an increasing focus on meal replacement items. It was acquired in December 1993 by Dean Foods of Illinois from Kraft General Foods. In 1998 AgriLink Foods acquired the facility as part of its purchase of Dean Foods Vegetable Company. With this transaction, the company also acquired the Birds Eye brand and, in 2003, changed its name to Bird’s Eye Foods. Today, the company has a net sales of approximately $900 million annually and is the nation’s leader in manufacturing and marketing frozen vegetables and a major processor of other food products. Included in its frozen brands are Birds Eye, C&W and McKenzie’s. Other processed foods include Comstock fillings and toppings and other regional brands of chili, salad dressings and snacks. Over the past seven years, Birds Eye Foods has invested more than $5 million in automation and expansion of its food lines in the Fulton, NY facility. In 2004, the Company constructed a new maintenance area, stockroom and offices.

 

EMPIRE FRESH-CUTS, LLC
Address: 8033 State Route 104
Oswego
, NY 13126
Email: info@empirefreshcuts.com

Total employment: 30

Empire Fresh-Cuts, LLC – formerly a project called Empire Produce Processors – produces and markets a full line of whole peeled, sliced and diced onions for the food service industry using state-of-the art equipment. The company’s 27,000 square-foot plant is located in the Town of Oswego on State Route 104. The multi-million dollar project received financial assistance from the County of Oswego Industrial Development Agency and from a Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loan through Operation Oswego County (OOC). Other partners include the Empire State Development Corporation, Central New York Enterprise Development Corporation, Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation and the Oswego County Legislature in the form of an Economic Development Initiative Fund (EDIF) grant.


GIOVANNI FOODS
Address: 4645 Cross Roads Park Drive
Liverpool
, NY 13088
Web site: www.giovannifoods.com

Total employment: 25

Giovanni Foods manufactures pasta sauce, salsa, pizza sauce and other tomato-based products. Giovanni Foods is the No. 1 supplier to the USDA Food for Kids Program in 2004.


GRANDMA BROWN'S BEANS, INC.
Address: P.O Box 230
Mexico
, NY 13114-0230
Email: grandmabrownsbeansinc@msn.com

Total employment: 14

Grandma Brown’s Beans was started as a home industry by Lulu Brown in 1938. She and her son Robert sold open-pan baked beans to local grocers. In 1947, Robert Brown developed a canning process for the baked beans. The company moved to its present processing plant in the late ‘40s. Today the business continues to produce small batches to insure product quality. In addition to its baked beans, the company makes saucepan beans, bean soup and split pea soup.


OSWEGO GROWERS & SHIPPERS, INC.
Address: 8011 State Route 104
Oswego, NY 13126
Email:ogsinc@twcny.rr.com

Total employment: 35

Oswego Growers & Shippers first began operating in 1978. The packing facility was started in order to provide an additional resource to local growers. Produce is shipped to various locations with the company’s guarantee of delivering the freshest produce available. Oswego Growers upgraded its equipment and buildings in 2001.


BEHLING ORCHARDS

Address: Potter Road
Mexico
, NY 13114
Email: ebehling61@hotmail.com

Total employment: 50

The orchard’s 160 acres of 70 varieties of apples are grown each year and harvested first by the public and then by orchard employees to be sold to private packers of fruit and to juice companies. Behling’s Orchards is primarily a U-pick farm. Eric Behling’s great-grandfather opened the orchard with only six acres back in 1947. The farm grew steadily with apples sold at roadside stands, but in 1968, a hailstorm ruined the crop. An article about U-pick farms, a new practice, was discovered and discussed by the family. The Behling’s advertised the opportunity for people to select their own apples directly from the tree, and an enterprise was born. In the fall, Behling’s features hayrides, pony rides, games, a haunted house and mazes for children, pumpkins, a snack bar, fresh baked pies, and other apple and seasonal favorites, such as popcorn balls, and a cider mill. Another event growing in popularity is the farm tour, enjoyed by 400 to 500 children each day. Behling’s Orchards produces an average of 50,000 bushels of apples a year. In the summer, Behling’s offer U-pick strawberries and raspberries. The orchard grows a breed of apple of its own design called the jennablush.


OTHER AGRI-BUSINESS IN OSWEGO COUNTY:

County Herbs and Flowers
Beckwith Family Christmas Tree Station
Fruit Valley Orchard
Granger’s Tree Farm
Maple Help Stock Farms
Phoenix Flower Farm
Leons’ Family Farm Market and Ashley Lynn Winery


MANUFACTURING:

NOVELIS
Address:P.O. Box 28
Oswego, NY 13126
Web site: www.novelis.com

Total employment: 690

Oswego Works started operations in 1963 when Alroll, Inc. was founded. Alcan Aluminum Corp. became the owner in 1965. The plant fabricates aluminum for the food and beverage and automotive and building products industries; and it recycles aluminum scrap and used beverage cans. Alcan is a multinational, market-driven company and a global leader in aluminum and packaging, as well as aluminum recycling. With world-class operations in primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, flexible and specialty packaging, aerospace applications, bauxite mining and alumina processing. Novelis was formed as an independent coming spun off from Alcan in early 2005.

HUHTUAMAKI
Address: 100 State Street
Fulton
, NY 13069
Web site: www.us.huhtamaki.com

Total employment: 630

The Fulton operation was acquired by Finland-based Huhtamaki in 1998. Formerly known as Sealright, the plant has been operating for more than 100 years. Now it specializes in providing shaped paperboard packaging and filling systems focusing on primarily the food industry. Fulton capabilities include both litho and flexo printing which complements a wide array of forming equipment. It also manufactures “bulk” packaging for ice cream, servicing retail “dipping” stores. In 2001, the company’s name was changed from Sealright to Huhtamaki Consumer Packaging Business Unit— Fulton. In August of that year, Huhtamaki announced a major expansion that is expected to add about 60 jobs and make the company Fulton's largest employer. The expansion is the result of the relocation of the paper cup portion of the company's East Providence, R.I. plant to Fulton. The entire expansion plan took about two months, according to company officials, and was helped by an incentive package put together by Operation Oswego County. The package included tax credits, training funding, federal and state grants, and an extended PILOT agreement. The Fulton facility has operated for more than 100 years and is part of a 11 plant manufacturing system in North America.


OMEGA WIRE
Address: 12 Masonic Avenue
/ P.O. Box 131

Camden, NY 13316

Web site: www.internationalwiregroup.com

Total employment: 220

Operations:Omega Wire's Williamstown plant, established in 1972, makes bare and tinned copper wire for electrical operations. The plant is part of the International Wire Group Inc. of St. Louis, Miss., which also owns Camden Wire and another plant in New York state. Together, the seven plants employ 1,100 people. In 2000, Omega Wire expanded in Central New York by adding new machinery to its Williamstown plant. The company has also occupied some vacant buildings in the Camden, N.Y., area. In addition, International Wire operates plants or offices in Arkansas, California, Indiana, North Carolina, Puerto Rico and Texas.


FELIX SCHROELLER TECHNICAL PAPERS
Address: 179 County Route 2A / P.O. Box 250
Pulaski
, NY 13142
Web site: www.schoeller.com

Total employment: 87

Incorporated in 1961 under the name of Lee Schoeller Papers, the company has manufactured photographic, digital imaging and specialty papers out of Pulaski since 1964 until 2004. The facility currently operates as a converting operation and distribution center for the North American market. The facility also houses the sales and marketing team for the North American market as well as the financial group. Primary customers are 3M, Polaroid, HP and several large customers served by the Private Label group. Its parent company Schoeller Technical Papers, renamed itself in 1997 as Felix Schoeller, Inc.


INTERFACE SOLUTIONS, INC.
Address: 2885 State Route 481
Fulton
, NY 13069
Web site: www.sealinfo.com

Total employment: 150

Interface Solutions, Inc. employs 350 people at its three plants in New York and is the leading manufacturer of fiber gasket materials and resilient flooring backing. Its patented new gasket technology, Select-A-Seal, continued to gain specification approvals after lengthy validation testing by diesel and automotive engine manufacturers. The plant was owned by Armstrong World Industries untill June 1999 when it divested its floor backing and gasket business.


THE FULTON COMPANIES

Address: 972 Centerville Rd.
Pulaski
, NY 13142
Web site: www.fulton.com

Total employment: 210

Started in 1949 in Fulton, The Fulton Companies today are comprised of Fulton Boiler Works Inc., Fulton Thermal Corp., Fulton Boiler Works ( Great Britain) Ltd, Fulton China LLC, Volcanic Heater, Inc. and Fulton Canada. The corporate headquarters are located in Pulaski, NY. The company manufactures commercial and industrial heat transfer equipment, including steam and hot water boilers as well as thermal fluid heaters. In addition, temperature control units for the pharmaceutical industry have been added through acquisition in 2000. In 2001, a new facility was constructed in Pulaski for Fulton Thermal Corporation. The Fulton Companies added a new product line in 2004: “vantage” condensing boilers for commercial heating applications. Fulton Company HQ was relocated to Centerville Road in Pulaski.


BLACK CLAWSON CONVERTING MACHINERY, INC
Address: 46 North First Street
Fulton
, NY 13069
Web site: www.bcconverting.com

Total employment: 150

The Fulton plant manufactures converting machinery for the paper, film, foil, packaging and plastics processing industries. Typical products produced on Black Clawson equipment include diaper film, cling food wrap, labels and tapes, magazine stock cover and landscape material. The Fulton location serves a global market with customers in six of seven continents. In 1998 a $3 million Coating Pilot Facility was completed at the Research & Technical Center in Fulton, to test aqueous- and solvent-based coating equipment, develop better products and prove Black Clawson technology to its customers. In 2003, management of the Fulton plant purchased the plant from Landeggar Industries which had operated the plant under the name Black Clawson Converting Machinery LLC in an effort to save the plant from closure. The new organization, Black Clawson Converting Machinery, Inc. offered employment to all active employees of the old LLC.


SPEAR USA
Address: 6 Morrill Place
Fulton, NY 13069
Web site:
www.spearsystem.com

Total employment: 50

Ohio-based Spear USA produces pressure-sensitive labels for the beverage and personal care markets. The Fulton plant is one of three manufacturing of Spear’s sites in the United States. Spear is the third company to occupy the plant that originally opened in 1871 as the Morrill Press, a flexible packaging company. The plant was sold to Sonoco Flexible Packaging during the 1990’s and operated under that banner until December of 2003 when the company closed the Fulton plant. Spear managed to inherit Sonoco machinery, but has agreed to not compete with the former owners directly for five years.


MCINTOSH BOX & PALLET CO.
Address: 5873 Butternut Drive / P.O. Box 127
East Syracuse
, NY 13057;
Bernhards Bay
, NY 13028
Web site: www.mcintoshbox.com

Total employment: 85

In 1961 the company was founded by J. Kenneth McIntosh. The company is headquartered in East Syracuse but established branches in Bernhards Bay, Rome, and Geneva to service those local areas. Currently the company manufactures pallets and boxes for the food service, general service, heavy machinery, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and automotive industries. The company’s branch in Bernhards Bay builds and repairs pallets.


KENWELL CORP.

Address: 871 Hannibal Street
Fulton
, NY 13069
Web site: www.kenwellcorp.com

Total employment: 50

Roger Horning Sr. and Stan Axtell founded Kenwell Sheet Metal Co. in 1970. In 1986 the company changed its name to Kenwell Corp., and in 1987 Horning became the sole owner. The company currently serves industrial accounts with prototype and production parts, tooling, dies, fixtures and repair parts. Clients of Kenwell Corp. include Huhtamaki, Goulds Pumps, Carrier, Emhart Powers, Felix Schoeller Technical Papers, and Parker Hannifin Corp


GREAT LAKES VENEER
Principal Executive: Gary Barnett; Gary Canfield; Patrick Jones
President; Treasurer; V.P.
Address: 375 Mitchell Street
Oswego, NY 13126
Email: glakesve@twcny.rr.com

Web site: www.greatlakesveneer.com

Total employment: 61

Great Lakes Veneer was formed in 1991, originally as a partnership and was incorporated in 1996. The original focus was on buying veneer quality hardwoods from other logging operations and selling the unprocessed logs to the domestic and international markets.

Great Lakes Veneer expanded into the lumber business in 1996 by purchasing a small sawmill, a logical extension of the logging operations. Today, our company is owned and managed by individuals with experience in the logging/veneer/lumber business and in professional management. One of the original founders, Gary Barnett, has over 30 years in the forest products business. The company currently occupies a 23-acre complex in Oswego that it purchased in May 1997. Great Lakes Veneer is committed today to growing both the resale quality veneer log and lumber manufacturing businesses and providing quality products and service to its customers. The company’s customers include the leading wood fabricating and furniture manufacturers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia.

Canfield Machine & Tool LLC

Address: 121 Howard Road
Fulton
, NY 13069
Email: canfmach@earthlink.net

Total employment: 38

Established in 1969, Canfield Machine & Tool LLC manufactures precision milled and turned parts for the medical, dental, inspection, fiber optic and microwave filter industries.


PATHFINDER INDUSTRIES
Address: 117 North Third Street
Fulton
, NY 13069

Web site: www.pathfinderind.com

Total employment: 25

In 1971 Pathfinder Industries was founded by Ken Welch, William Chilson and Gaylord Sawyer in a two-car garage on Beech Street in Fulton. In the mid-70’s, the business was relocated to its current location on North Third Street, Fulton. Welch bought out his partners in the ‘70s and Keith Welch bought out his father in 1987 after working in the family business for four years. Pathfinder Industries provides large scale sheet metal, along with machine work for clients in the U.S. and Canada, including IBM, Lockheed Martin, Ferris Industries and Crouse Hinds.


SOUTHERN GRAPHIC SYSTEMS
Principal Executive: Victor Baranowski
Northeast Regional Manager

Address: 67 County Route 59
Phoenix
, NY 13135
Web site: www.alcoa.com

Total employment: 26

Southern Graphic Systems is a division of ALCOA and has been in Phoenix since 1989. They engrave cylinders for printing on food containers. Customers include Sonoco and Specialized Packaging.


D-K MANUFACTURING CORP.
Principal Executive: Norman Kesterke
President

Address: 551 West Third Street
Fulton, NY 13069
Web site: www.d-kmfg.com

Total employment: 25

Donald J. Kesterke founded D-K Machine & Tool Co. in 1943 to provide machined parts for local businesses. In 1951 Kesterke purchased Aluminum Products Corp. and ran it as a sister company. The two companies had six employees and occupied a 12,000-sq.-ft. building that formerly housed the American Tobacco Co. His son, Norman Kesterke, joined the company in 1958. D-K Machine & Tool and Aluminum Products merged in 1975 and became known as D-K Manufacturing Corp. with two divisions. The company currently has 30,000 square feet of manufacturing space. Norman, president of the company, and his wife Sally, who serves as office manager and corporate secretary, are owners along with three of their five children who are also active in the business: Pamela Kesterke-Mirabito, purchasing manager; Donald L. Kesterke, manufacturing engineer; and Richard Kesterke, mechanical technician. The company's Machine Division specializes in CNC milling, CNC turning and grinding a variety of metals, castings and plastics. A service unique to D-K is lapping compressor seals to one light band of flatness. The Stamping Division specializes in designing and building precision stamping dies. Production runs can include a hundred parts or thousands in almost all metals. D-K also produces machined repair parts to local companies for their production machinery. Some of the area companies that D-K supplies parts for are Birdseye Foods, Sonoco, C&C, Carrier Corp., Parker Hannifin and Goulds Pumps. The company purchased and installed a 160-ton punch press for its stamping division in the summer of 2002. It is now D-K’s largest punch press and will enable the company to run larger dies and produce larger parts for the customer. In the company’s machining division, a precision high speed CNC lathe for machining small parts up to 1-5/8’’ in diameter was purchased and installed. A new market has been opened for high volume precision parts.


N.E.T. & DIE
Address: 24 Foster Street / P.O. Box 240
Fulton, NY 13069

Total employment: 25

N.E.T. & Die was established in 1966 by Harry R. Shatrau, providing manufacturing for maintenance of customers’ machinery as well as direct manufacturing support for many OEMS. Beginning in 1981, his three children, Richard, Helena and Bob continued the business operation and expanded the building and services to its customers. Today N.E.T. & Die, Inc. is recognized as having the largest CNC turning and milling capabilities of any machine company in the greater central New York area. With complete fabrication, machining and machinery rebuild and assembly capabilities, N.E.T. has become the first choice of many OEMS for making their designs a reality.


LAGOE OSWEGO CORP.
Address: 45 East 12th Street
Oswego
, NY 13126
Email: lagoeoswego@aol.com

Web site: www.lagoe-oswego.com

Total employment: 25

Operations: Lagoe is an industrial machine shop that has been in business in Oswego since 1929. The mainstay of the business is the Centrifugal Blower Industry. Lagoe provides custom machinery and will fix or repair most machinery. Lagoe has a wide variety of large businesses throughout New York state with whom they do business, including National Turbine and Gardner Denver Blower Division.


C & C FABRICATION
Address: 159 Hubbard Street
Fulton
, NY 13069

Web site: www.candcfabrication.com

Total employment: 25

Established in November 1992, C&C Metal Fabrications Inc. has been providing Upstate New York with comprehensive design, engineering, manufacturing and installation services. No matter how large your project is, they have the know-how to handle it. The company’s centrally located 100’ X 300’ manufacturing facility contains two 10-ton overhead cranes with 19 feet of hook clearance, 20’ X 30’ X 12’ sand blasting booth, 16’ X 23’ X 12’ paint booth and extensive manufacturing and assembly area. Partial equipment includes: multiple shears for cutting, 13-foot maximum; Strippers model 30/40 for punching various size holes and shapes; multiple hydraulic presses for bending, 12-foot maximum; welding equipment and a large variety and selection of materials. C&C was the recipient of the “Excellence in Small Business” award from the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2001. C&C installed in October 2001 a 5’ X 10’ CNC Water Jet Abrasive cutting system.


FRANK E. MILLER & SONS
Address: P.O. Box 387 / 3015 West Main Street
Parish
, NY 13131

Total employment: 12

Frank E. Miller, who established the company in 1897, is the grandfather of current owner Robert Miller. The company makes hardwood and softwood lumber, skids and pallets. Robert Miller bought the company from his father in 1971.


INDUSTRIAL PRECISION PRODUCTS, INC.

Address: 350 Mitchell Street
Oswego
, NY 13126
Email: Inprecision@bridgemicro.com

Total employment: 25

Industrial Precision is an up-to-date full service manufacturing facility with over 65 machine tools. Founded in 1951 by Stephen L. Gallagher as a supplier of replacement parts for commercial laundry equipment and as a government contractor with present capacities among the largest and most versatile in Central New York. Under the current management of William Gallagher, the founder's son, Industrial performs a wide range of machining and fabricating services for customers, such as Alcan Rolled Products, Constellation Energy Group, Pall Trinity and General Electric, among others. Industrial's customer base extends beyond CNY to the Northeast and other parts of the United States.


MAJESTIC MOLD & TOOL, INC.
Principal Executive: Timothy King
President

Address: 177 Volney Street
Phoenix
, NY 13135
Web site: www.majesticmold.com

Total employment: 19

Majestic Mold & Tool was founded in 1985 and is currently owned by Timothy King, Stephen Corsette and Dennis Lyons. The company designs and manufactures molds for the plastic injection industry.


LEROI, INC.

Address: 2784 State Route 48
Minetto
, NY 13115
Web site:www.leroi.com

Total employment: 12

Terry and Wendy LeRoy started making jewelry in 1993. Terry had purchased some used jewelry equipment from an acquaintance and practiced making jewelry while being employed at Domino's Pizza. As his skills improved, he also taught his wife Wendy the trade, and they were given the opportunity to perform goldsmithing for a local jewelry store, Wholesale Diamond Exchange. Eventually they branched off into different areas of jewelry manufacturing, including casting and mass production. Incorporated in 1997, and now known as LeRoi, Inc., they seized the opportunity to focus on the trend of body piercing jewelry and started to manufacture out of the basement of their house. In 1999, LeRoi moved to a new location where it now leases 3,500 sq. ft. of the Accent Awnings building in Minetto. LeRoi began running two shifts in 2000 and added some high production robotic equipment. This allows the company to be in a strong position in this highly competitive market. Currently, LeRoi sells both retail and wholesale. LeRoi, Inc. has expanded its line of body jewelry as well as improved its method of manufacturing. The company added a new direct marketing campaign that will reach out to 4,000 new customers. The company opened a retail store in Manhattan in 2005.


FULTON TOOL CO.
Address: 802 State Route 3
Fulton, NY 13069
Web site:
www.fultontool.com

Total employment: 23

Fulton Tool Co. was started in September of 1959 in the American Woolen Complex in Fulton as a one-man model shop. In 1961 the company moved to Schuyler St. The company was incorporated in 1962 by its stockholders Joseph Metivier, Edward McGuane, and Bruce Phelps. Currently the company manufactures parts for the communications industry, for rotary air compressor manufacturers, and the automotive industry. The company is a computer-controlled machining facility that uses new micro machining procedures to develop unique parts for the microelectronics field. The company rebuilt nearly from scratch when a fire destroyed its previous location in 2003.


OSWEGO INDUSTRIES
Address: 7 Morrill Place
Fulton
, NY 13069
Web site: www.oswegoindustriesinc.org

Total employment: 453

Oswego Industries, Inc. is a private not-for-profit agency that has grown with community support from eight participants in 1969 to a multi-faceted facility serving hundreds of people on a daily basis. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. A primary focus on vocational rehabilitation provides training and long-term employment through a variety of business and manufacturing operations such as sewing, packaging and office support services. Career Employment Services (CES), a division of Oswego Industries located in Canalview Mall, Fulton, is a supported employment service designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities who desire community-based employment. Another of Oswego Industries' divisions, O.I. Custodial Services, has grown with cleaning and lawn care programs tailored to meet the individual needs of county businesses, large and small.


OTHER MANUFACTURING IN OSWEGO COUNTY:

Healthway Products
ZINC Manufacturing