National Grid provides $15,800 grant for Dobbins expansion in Lyndonville

Staff Reports Posted 29 February 2016 at 12:00 am

LYNDONVILLE – National Grid has approved a $15,800 grant to support the expansion and upgrade of cold storage facilities in Lyndonville for H.H. Dobbins Inc.

Dobbins has invested $3.4 million to construct a new, state-of-the-art controlled atmosphere for its affiliate that stores, packs and ships apples around the world. The new technology allows Dobbins to improve its storage capabilities while reducing its energy costs.

“It has been an honor to continue a business started by my great grandfather and make the updates necessary to stay competitive in the 21st century,” said Ward Dobbins, owner and managing member. “We are grateful for partners like National Grid who embrace our vision and our dedicated employees who are integral to our continued progress.”

National Grid announced today it is also providing $50,000 to D.A. Tufts Co. to support its renovation of a key building in Batavia’s downtown area. D.A. Tufts is investing more than $400,000 for a mixed-use renovation of the 5,200-square-foot building that anchors the corner of East Main Street and Harvester Avenue.

The adaptive reuse of the structure will include both commercial and market-rate residential space. The grant is from National Grid’s Main Street Revitalization program. The grant helped make possible the upgrades needed to convert the structure to have highly efficient mechanical systems and a fresh and stylish new look.

National Grid’s Economic Development Grant Program maintains a strong focus on site development, urban revitalization, strategic marketing, and facilitating customer growth through infrastructure assistance, energy efficiency and productivity improvement. The program reflects an increasing emphasis on sustainable development, the efficient use of existing energy infrastructure, and the strategic deployment of renewable generation technologies.