FULTON — Oswego Industries says the renovation project on its 85,000-square-foot location in Fulton is complete.
The project at 7 Morrill Place targeted improvements throughout the facility to “promote the safety and well-being of both staff and individuals,” Oswego Industries said in a news release.
The work included roof repairs; the replacement of aging doors, dock seals and canopies; and the addition of control systems to secure the facility. The project also reorganized program locations throughout the building to increase access for individuals with limited mobility and to streamline operations, “which ultimately increased productivity.”
Gov. Cuomo’s office in December 2016 called Laurie Davis, executive director of Oswego Industries, saying the agency had been awarded a grant of more than $800,000 to make “significant improvements” to its Fulton facility. The funding came from the Dormitory Authority of New York State’s Nonprofit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program (NICIP). The work took about two years to complete, with the last of the funding being disbursed in 2019.
“The NICIP grant represents a significant investment … not just in Oswego Industries, but in our community as a whole,” Davis said.
The total cost of the project was about $821,000, Rebekkah Frisch, marketing & communications associate for Oswego Industries, tells CNYBJ in an email.
The agency then hired six local contractors, including Rowlee Construction. The contractors also included Volney Multiplex Inc. The firm installs and services fire-alarm systems, security systems, video-surveillance systems, per its website.
The grant funding also allowed crews to make improvements to the agency’s production department that manufactures items such as belts, hospital gowns, scrubs and coveralls. The department employs a workforce of about 90 developmentally disabled adults.
Most of the products are manufactured under federal contracts through SourceAmerica and New York State Industries for the Disabled (NYSID) but orders for local or domestic customers also accounts for a “large percentage of its work.”
The improvements and expanded space for production “will create more jobs and provide additional revenue for Oswego Industries,” per the release.
About Oswego Industries
For more than 50 years, Oswego Industries has provided services and support for adults with disabilities while partnering with local businesses to deliver production and workforce services.
Services at Oswego Industries include pre-vocational and vocational training, supported employment, day habilitation programs, and Medicaid-service coordination.
Its sister agency, the Arc of Oswego County, provides services to children and seniors with disabilities.