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Pfizer manufacturing steady in Rouses Point [The Press-Republican, Plattsburgh, N.Y.]


From Press-Republican (Plattsburgh, NY) (January 13, 2011)


Jan. 13--PLATTSBURGH -- The Pfizer manufacturing facility in Rouses Point appears poised to hold steady for the near future.

But the company’s Plattsburgh and Chazy facilities are now closed.

LEASE EXTENDED

David Champagne, managing director of Pfizer’s manufacturing facility in Rouses Point, provided an update on employment at the company’s locations.

There are 369 people working at the Rouses Point plant, he said, and the lease has been extended to the end of 2011.

"As of right now, cross your fingers, there are no plans for layoffs," Champagne said.

Pfizer would need to decide by July if it will extend its lease into 2012.

Another 74 people are working at the Chemical Development building in Rouses Point. The majority of that operation will be shut down by July, but 19 people will remain, and the facility is expected to stay open through 2013.

The Chazy research facility and the clinical-supply facility in Plattsburgh are both shut down, Champagne said.

NO MOVEMENT

Chamber President Garry Douglas said there was little new on marketing the Chazy and Chemical Development facilities. Two new people are now marketing the properties, and they have committed to a visit in the near future, he said.

There continues to be interest in using a small part (four to six rooms) of the Chazy facility by three fairly serious entities, Douglas said. It would take a much larger number of such tenants to make that viable, he said. A more likely scenario would be for an investor to buy the property and act as its landlord.

It won’t be easy, as there is a lot of real estate available for similar use in the Montreal area, Douglas said.

"That space is not moving."

As for the Chemical Development facility, it was mentioned Tuesday that DuPont has a similar but much newer facility available in Delaware, Douglas said.

TRAINING

An Employee Assistance Report prepared by North Country Workforce Investment Board Executive Director Paul Grasso showed 226 former Wyeth/Pfizer employees have requested Trade Adjustment Assistance training.

That includes 42 at Clinton Community College, 11 at Plattsburgh State, 35 at CV-TEC, three at SUNY Canton, four at Alfred State and one each at Branford Hall, SUNY Oswego, Empire State College and American McAllister.

In addition, five participants graduated from Plattsburgh State in December.

GRANT FUNDS

North Country Small Business Development Center Rick Leibowitz said Kim Rowe Manion had been hired as the project manager for a $53,805 Portability Grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

It is being used to develop a feasibility tool to help affected employees determine the viability of their business plan and development of a marketing cooperative website.

The latter would be available to any business in Clinton County to market to the Southern Quebec area. Rowe Manion said they have received three or four responses to requests for proposals for each.

She said the website is a way to market local small businesses to the Canadian market. That’s important with a favorable Canadian exchange rate, Rowe Manion said, to divert some of the spending away from larger stores.

Another aim will be to help small businesses understand the importance of French signage.

E-mail Dan Heath at:

dheath@pressrepublican.com

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Posted: January 2011


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