CANASTOTA — Northeast Information Discovery (NEID) is conducting operations from its new headquarters located at 3197 Seneca Turnpike in Canastota.
The firm, a woman-owned software company, also operates a second facility nearby at 11 Madison Blvd.
NEID is focused on the research and development of advanced computer-network operations and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities for the intelligence and defense communities.
The company bought the new building in 2018 and spent about $500,000 to prepare the space for operations, Stephanie Shattuck, program manager at NEID, said in an email reply to a CNYBJ inquiry.
The project represents a “significant milestone” for the technology company, New York State officials say. Founded in 2011 with three employees, the company began work on the new facility in the summer of 2018. It will now be home to more than 40 employees.
The state awarded NEID $974,000 as part of a September 2018 announcement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo about the state’s “further” investment in the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry.
The funding given to NEID included $200,000 in a regional council capital fund award; $90,000 in excelsior benefits; and $684,000 from the UAS central job fund, an Empire State Development (ESD)-funded program, per an ESD news release.
NEID also used “some” of the state funding to help prepare the new building, Shattuck noted in her email response.
Officials from ESD and CenterState CEO on May 1 joined the company to formally open the new headquarters building.
“We cannot be more excited to grow our business right here in Canastota, within Madison County and wish to thank all those who have helped us. Still, there is much to do. The mission of NEID is to grow a community-friendly and successful business, where professionals not only advance their careers, but enjoy the rewards of their personal and professional accomplishments,” Kristin Meyer, president & CEO of Northeast Information Discovery, said in the release.
CenterState CEO on April 24 also recognized NEID as a 2019 Business of the Year recipient in the “Less Than 50 Employees” category at its annual meeting. The company was one of five recipients recognized for its “commitment to growth, improving the community and creating tangible impacts on the economy.”
“We are excited to recognize the exceptional growth of Northeast Information Discovery. In addition to its expansion news, its hiring plans represent a more than 150 percent increase in staff for the company. Its focus on solving challenges related to cybersecurity for unmanned systems and its continued success, strengthens the region’s leadership role in the unmanned-services sector,” Robert Simpson, president and CEO of CenterState CEO, said in the ESD release.