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Commerce Chenango annual report highlights 2011 projects, growth

By Journal Staff

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NORWICH — In its 2011 annual report, Commerce Chenango looked back on a year filled with business growth and the successful launch and implementation of several new programs.

Highlights from the year include:

Agro-Farma, Inc., maker of Chobani yogurt, was one of the region’s top business success stories, announcing $134 million in investments that will create 106 new jobs in the area.

Chenango County made grants of $80,000 to five area businesses under its Microenterprise Program.

Chenango County laid the groundwork to attain Foreign Trade Zone status on behalf of Norwich Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Companies hired new employees including Frontier Communications, which grew its staff in Sherburne by 130 employees, Unison in Norwich, and Raymond Corp. in Greene.

Norwich–based NBT Bank grew its geographic footprint, added new jobs in Chenango County, and announced plans to upgrade and expand its operations in Norwich.

Chentronics announced plans to expand its facility at the Chenango County Industrial Development Agency’s airport incubator building.

Chenango County Agriculture Development Council (CCADC) launched its “Produced in Chenango” sticker program in 2011, with several producers choosing to apply the label to their products. CCACD also hosted Ag Summit V, providing a venue for members of the agricultural community to share perspectives on current issues and opportunities in the farming business. CCACD also helped coordinate an agriculture tour for legislators, giving them a chance to hear about and see the issues that farmers face.

Chenango County Industrial Development Agency worked with Tecnofil Chenango, SA to provide property-tax assistance as the company purchased the former Sherburne Metals facility — a project that created 24 new jobs in Sherburne. The CCIDA also worked with Agro-Farma on its expansion plans in South Edmeston. 

The year was a good one for growth and continued expansion in the area, Commerce Chenango stated in its report. “We are very optimistic the trend will continue in 2012,” it said.

Commerce Chenango (www.chenangony.org) is a nonprofit, community-based organization working to promote economic growth in Chenango County and the surrounding area. Commerce Chenango (www.chenangony.org) includes the chamber of commerce, industrial development agency, and tourism council.

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