While the economy has caused some businesses in Oswego County to close, one company is expanding. The Fulton Thermal Corporation is in the process of a $13.5 million expansion project and as our Andy Mattison tells us, it is already causing a spike in business for the company.
OSWEGO COUNTY, N.Y. -- Congressman Bill Owens spent Wednesday touring Fulton Thermal Corporation in Pulaski. It was his first time at the facility, where he got a firsthand look at the company's production of steam, hot water and heat.
"Fascinating facility, doing great innovative work and they're doing things that are actually bringing back product and processes from China back to New York," said Representative Bill Owens.
But if he visits again at the end of the year, he might not recognize the place. The company is in the process of a $13.5 million expansion project which will add more than 100,000 square feet to the facility, as well as 50 more jobs over the next five years. The project will be completed later this year, but is already paying off for the company.
"It's our little stimulus package, if you will. Business is up from where it was last year, our backlog is up 60 percent where it was at the end of 2009," said Fulton USA General Manager Kathy Sega.
"There are all kinds of different lines of products. There's new products being developed and designed, so it's a very futuristic project for Oswego County," said Operation Oswego County Executive Director Michael Treadwell.
Fulton Thermal was able to expand its facility thanks to a $1.5 million grant it received from former governor David Paterson. Most of the new space will be used for manufacturing.
"We're using it for some of our bigger boilers, thermal fluid skids, some of our engineered systems so we need the space for really all facets of the business," said Sega.
Construction should be complete by October and could finish ahead of schedule. With a couple of businesses leaving the county in the last few years, the expansion serves as a reminder that there's one company that doesn't plan on going anywhere except up.