In October, 2011, Birds Eye announced the closing of a 281,000 sf plant on 20 acres in Fulton, NY. The plant had employed 280 people and was the largest municipal energy and water user in the county.
Attracting a New Employer to a Closed Industrial Site
Operation Oswego County contracted with Ady Advantage to identify targeted industries and business as potential candidates to occupy the site. We evaluated the site as well as regional assets (workforce, business climate, transportation assets, etc.), developed recommendations for re-use, and implemented a targeted marketing campaign.
As a result, K&N’s Foods, a frozen chicken processor, signed a letter of intent in 2012, and ramped up starting in 2013, hiring back most of the skilled employees from the Birds Eye plant.
In addition, based in part on Ady Advantage’s recommendation, Operation Oswego County decided to create a food cluster in the county, and have successfully attracted an apple processing plant and a Canadian flatbread bakery.
“Together with the K&N’s Foods facility, we now have higher food industry employment than we did before Birds Eye left.” (Austin Wheelock, Operation Oswego County)