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Operation Oswego County

44 West Bridge St.
Oswego, NY 13126
P: +1 315-343-1545

Clusters and Sectors

Metal Manufacturing

The Fulton Companies, Richland, NY
Oswego County has over 30 primary metal and fabricated metal product manufacturers. Many of these companies share interdependency and provide products or parts to each other. They also manufacture highly customized parts for the aerospace, military, and energy industries, as well as specialized machinery. Prototyping capabilities are available, too. While this cluster is well developed, there are still niches available for additional metal manufacturers of all types.

Food Processing and Agriculture

Champlain Valley Specialty, Oswego, NY
Oswego County has a skilled workforce, many with previous food processing experience, who are ready to work. Oswego County also offers an abundance of high quality potable water and available capacity for industrial waste water treatment, which many food manufacturers require for processing. Recently, three companies recognized Oswego County’s advantage and made significant investments to expand their food processing ventures into the county.

Logistics

Laser Transit, Lacona, NY
Oswego County is a multi-modal hub for the Northeast and the Atlantic Coast.The Port of Oswego connects the county to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System and the Atlantic Ocean. CSX Rail is available at the Port of Oswego and at most major industrial sites throughout the county. Quick access to interstates 81 and 90 makes truck transport to and from Oswego County a snap. OswegoCounty Airport and Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport provide myriad passenger and cargo transportation options. All this creates great opportunities for logistics companies.

Energy

James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant, Scriba, NY
Oswego County’s energy cluster has 2,000 highly-skilled employees with accessto specialized workforce training programs. This skilled workforce represents a diverse set of energy producers, from nuclear and hydro to ethanol manufacturing. Excellent power distribution and transportation infrastructure is available and would be beneficial to companies within the energy sector. Arobust regional supply chain abounds for energy product manufacturing such as solar panels, wind turbines and more. Opportunity exists to expand this cluster through the addition of businesses providing services complementary to power generation, as well as energy storage innovation.

Tourism

Salmon River Falls, Town of Orwell, NY
Oswego is the only county in NY that boasts 3 of the most popular fishing destinations in the northeast. Organic farms, wineries, and farmer’s markets are just a few examples of the types of agri-tourism in the area. The hospitality industry is growing to meet the demands of the tourism sector. Specialty hotels, like Tailwater Lodge, cater to outdoor recreation enthusiasts. New conference facilities, like the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, offer capacity for larger events. This robust sector is poised for continued growth, especially in the area of support businesses.

Largest Employers

  • Exelon Generation Branch Manufacturing Plant employs 1525 people
  • Novelis Corporation Branch Manufacturing Plant employs 1186 people
  • Oswego County Government Headquarters employs 1098 people
  • Oswego Health Headquarters employs 1025 people
  • State University of New York College at Oswego Headquarters employs 1458 people

Agribusiness and Economics

The Sunoco Ethanol Plant produces 61 million gallons of ethanol from corn. Useful by-products include corn oil, distillers grains and carbon dioxide.

Since NYS adopted "Farm Brewery" legislation, demand for New York State grown products has increased right along with the number of craft brewers. Seeing the need for local malted barley, the 1886 Malt House was established at the Sunoco Ethanol facility in Volney, NY. As one of the largest craft malting facilities in the United States, it produces as much as 2,000 tons of malt annually.

Animals, Crops & Product Features

Primary crops in Oswego County are onions, apples, soy beans, cranberries and corn. Oswego County is known for its muckland, fields with fertile, black soil which are perfect for growing onions.

The rise in soy bean production can be tied to the ability to ship the soy beans through the Port of Oswego to Asia.

With the advent of the Sunoco Ethanol Plant, corn producers had another opportunity to sell their crops.

Plentiful apple farms were a contributing factor in drawing Champlain Valley Specialties to establish a processing facility in Oswego County.

Programs and Resources

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County links the research and extension efforts at Cornell University, the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cornell AgriTech, providing the knowledge to maximize New York State’s agricultural and natural resources.

Military

Fort Drum's direct economic impact on its surrounding communities is estimated at $1.4 billion annually.

Bases, Installations, and Facilities

Fort Drum Army Base is located in neighboring Jefferson County, approximately 30 miles from Canada, with the Great Lakes to the west and the Adirondack Mountains to the east. It is home to the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry).

Fort Drum, originally named Pine Camp, has been used as a military training facility since 1908. In 1985, the Army activated the 10th Mountain Division after selecting Fort Drum as the division's new home during the prior year.

Fort Drum has over 37,000 soldiers and family members.

Number of Military Service Members and Civilian Employees

Fort Drum is the largest employer in Jefferson County. There are 14,996 military personnel on base, as well as 4,048 civilian personnel.

Did you know?

In 2015, Diana M. Holland became the first woman to serve as a general officer at Fort Drum and as the first woman to serve as a deputy commanding general in one of the Army's Light Infantry divisions.

Tourism

Oswego is the only county in NY that boasts 3 of the most popular fishing destinations in the northeast. Organic farms, wineries, and farmer’s markets are just a few examples of the types of agri-tourism in the area. The hospitality industry is growing to meet the demands of the tourism sector. Specialty hotels, like Tailwater Lodge, cater to outdoor recreation enthusiasts. New conference facilities, like the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, offer capacity for larger events. This robust sector is poised for continued growth, especially in the area of support businesses.

Industry

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