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Orleans EDA promotes 300-acre site in Medina as largest certified ‘shovel ready’ business park in WNY

Posted 27 February 2017 at 10:52 am

Provided photos: The Medina Business Park has contiguous lots from 5 to 125 acres.

Press Release, Orleans Economic Development Agency

MEDINA – Spanning both sides of Route 31A in Medina, the Medina Business Park encompasses over 300 acres and is now the largest NYS-Certified “Shovel-Ready” business park in Western New York and the Finger Lakes.

Conveniently located between Buffalo and Rochester, Orleans County’s Medina Business Park is also within 45 minutes of the Ontario, Canada border.

With contiguous sites available ranging from 5 to 125 acres, Medina has the available infrastructure and incentive packages to make it a sought-after location for foreign and domestic companies looking to expand into New York State.

The Medina Business Park is the hub of a thriving industrial, manufacturing and agribusiness corridor in Medina, which is well-known throughout the US and Canada for attracting international firms looking to expand their market share in a location with strategic access to the northeast corridor.

James Whipple, CEO Orleans Economic Development Agency said, “Our niche is midsized companies that are privately owned. They’re good to do business with, and when they come, they stay.”

This map shows the Medina Business Park, which runs on both sides of Route 31A.

Site selectors and business owners find Orleans EDA to be a proactive business development partner.

“We believe in customer service and commit the time, attention, and resources to developing businesses, regardless of size,” says Gabrielle Barone, VP of New Business Development. “A smaller business gets every bit as much attention here in Orleans County as large-scale attraction projects. That is who we are and how we do business.”

In November, Canada’s largest fruit and vegetable processor, Pride Pak opened its U.S. headquarters in Medina. Phase One of their operation is a 68,000 square-foot facility set on 13 acres in the Medina Business Park. With plans to add two additional fruit and vegetable processing plants over the next two years, Pride Pak will ultimately invest over $50 million in Medina.

Steven Karr, CEO of Pride Pak said, “I cannot emphasize enough the value of doing business in Orleans County and the Finger Lakes, where they are very welcoming to new business.”

Other Canadian companies with operations in Orleans County include Hinspergers Poly Industries, Freeze­Dry Foods, Brunner Inc, and Niagara Food Specialties.

BCA Ag Technologies and California’s Sierra Biological have also expanded their operations in to New York State in order to be part of Orleans County’s robust agribusiness community.

New York State Senator Robert G. Ortt said, “You don’t have to be in Rochester to attract a world-class headquarters. Companies are investing here in Medina, in Orleans County, in Upstate New York.”

Local and state incentives can be secured by eligible new businesses looking to develop in the business park, including Sales Tax Abatement, Mortgage Tax Abatement, Low-Cost Loan Money, and Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT). Incentives for new business in Orleans County also includes access to the Orleans Revolving Loan Fund, New York Power Authority Hydro Allocations and the New York State Linked Deposit Program.

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