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Mining explosives company will generate rail and truck traffic through Ogdensburg

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OGDENSBURG — The Utah-based mining explosives company that will build a manufacturing and distribution plant here will generate considerable rail and truck traffic.

The Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority said Wednesday that Maxam North America Inc., Salt Lake City, will build on 12.41 acres of land that it bought from the agency for $123,000. The property is in the OBPA’s heavy industrial park along Route 37 on the city’s southeast side.

The proposed $2.5 million facility will manufacture non-explosive oxidizers and is expected to employ six to 10 people when it opens next summer. Jobs may be added as distribution expands into the Northeast and Canada.

“The new facility will also result in increased economic activity,” said John A. Rishe, OBPA’s director of commercial and industrial development, in a statement Friday. “Some 600 trucks and in excess of 140 rail cars will deliver raw material and ship product from the facility each year. There is also the possibility that Maxam will use the port (of Ogdensburg) for delivery of raw materials.”

OBPA Executive Director Wade A. Davis said the company is a welcome addition to the park.

“The Authority is pleased to announce the land sale which creates jobs and further diversifies the industrial park,” he said. “Ease of direct access to Canada coupled with extremely short wait times on the international bridge continues to make Ogdensburg a very attractive location for business and industry.”

Patrick J. Kelly, CEO of the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency, agreed. “Maxam selecting Ogdensburg for this facility is another example of the positive changes that are happening in the north country and in New York State,” he said. “Gov. Cuomo, the North Country Regional Economic Development Council and development partners like the OBPA and city of Ogdensburg are creating a foundation for economic development success in St. Lawrence County. Maxam’s decision shows a return not only on the investments that have been made in the bridge, industrial park, rail and port assets of the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority, but also from the Authority’s sustained business development and marketing efforts,” he said.

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