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Ogdensburg, New York: We’re right next door

If you are a local business looking for a convenient foothold in the U.S. market or the ideal location for a satellite operation, the Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority wants to hear from you.

The Authority, located only an hour’s drive from Ottawa across the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge, has for years worked with Canadian businesses. In addition to operating a short-line railway with cross-border connections, an airport and the only U.S. port on the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Authority also operates two industrial parks that include over 100,000 square feet of available space and more than 200 acres of fully-serviced greenfield sites.

“We have thousands of square feet that is ready for occupancy as well as more than 200 acres of land that is shovel ready and primed for development,” said John Rishe, Director of Commercial and Industrial Development for the Authority.

“But we offer much more than real estate. Tenants can take advantage of a full range of business services that include incubator space, customs brokerage and pick-and-pack operations, as well as our status as a Foreign Trade Zone.”

A Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) is a secured area outside of a nation’s customs territory. Goods coming into an FTZ are not subject to import quotas or to customs duties until they are removed from the zone.

The Authority’s industrial parks have long been home to a number of businesses from across Eastern Ontario, including Tulmar Safety Systems and T-Base Communications.

T-Base Communications is active in the alternative format communication industry with products for the visually impaired. To better serve and interact with its U.S. clients, T-Base established an operation in Romney, W. Va. However, it eventually decided to relocate to Ogdensburg.

“The most significant appeal is its proximity to our Ottawa head office,” said president and CEO Jeff Potts. “Just an hour away, it allows more frequent interaction between our Canadian and U.S. employees.”

Tulmar manufactures engineered textile products for aerospace and defence markets around the world. The U.S. is an obvious market for Tulmar’s products and after 9/11, it became crucial to integrate supply chains and reduce cross-border headaches by having a U.S. location. It first looked to Detroit, but found the site was too far away from the home base in Hawkesbury. Ogdensburg proved to be a much better fit and the Authority helped Tulmar get up and running quickly.

“The Port Authority had available space and was accustomed to dealing with Canadian companies,” said owner Barney Bangs.

The Authority also partners with the State of New York and the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency to provide a full package of business incentives for companies that are looking to expand in Ogdensburg. Depending on the size of the project, the incentives can include low-interest loans, grants and tax incentives.

To learn more about how the Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority can serve the needs of your business and ease the headaches that come with any expansion move, please visit www.Ogdensport.com or call 315-393-4080 Ext. 244.