2019 Economic Forecast Luncheon Event Details

Aurora Shoe Co.

Business Expansion:  Aurora Shoe Co. doubled the size of their manufacturing facility with a $505K investment into building and equipment.  The 5,000 s.f. expansion allowed Aurora Shoe to hire an additional 3-5 employees and increase their already booming export business.

  • Location:  Town of Ledyard
  • Project:  $505,000
  • Jobs Created:  5
  • Completed:  2017

Carubba Collision

Business Expansion: Carubba Collision is a regional automobile body repair shop, based out of Buffalo, NY.  Carubba identified the east side of Auburn as an ideal location for their second expansion into the CNY region.  Carubba renovated an existing building with a $520k investment which will lead to 15 new jobs and over $725k in payroll in Cayuga County.

  • Location:  Town of Sennett
  • Project:  $520,000
  • Jobs Created:  15
  • Completed:  2016

L.B. Lightning Cyclery

Business Startup:  After retiring from the federal government, Mike Parks turned his hobby into a new business venture when he opened L.B. Lightning Cyclery in downtown Auburn.  Parks utilized CEDA and Auburn SCORE for business assistance.  He was referred to BOCES Graphic Design students to design a logo.

  • Location:  15 E. Genesee Street, Auburn, NY
  • Project:  SBA Loan and CNYRPDB’s CNY Rural Microenterprise Assistance Program
  • Jobs Created:  3
  • Start Date:  October 2016

Simple Roast

Business Startup:  After a few years of selling his locally roasted fair trade organic coffee in farmer’s markets, Matt Peirson seized the opportunity to open a drive-thru location on Grant Ave in Auburn, NY, to start brewing and selling his coffee.

  • Location:  360 Grant Ave, Auburn, NY
  • Assistance: Auburn SCORE
  • Jobs Created:  3
  • Start Date:  September 2016

Custom Celebrations

Business Startup:  Using her 8 years of prior experience owning a shop in Pennsylvania, Damita Bonnemere turned her passion for crafts and hobbies into a retail specialty shop in Auburn, NY.  Custom Celebrations specializes in balloon arches, custom chocolates, souvenirs, and party favors. She worked with CEDA for business assistance and her logo was designed by a student in the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES graphic design and new media class.

  • Location:  211 State Street, Auburn, NY
  • Assistance:  Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, CEDA
  • Jobs Created:  2
  • Start Date:  July 2016

Red Barn Stained Glass Designs

Business Startup:  Karen Stewart worked with CEDA and Auburn SCORE for business assistance to turn a found talent into her own custom-designed stained glass business.  She also attended SCORE’s workshop series: Simple Steps to Starting Your Business.  Her logo was designed by a student in the BOCES graphic design & new media program.

  • Location:  Town of Fleming
  • Assistance: Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, CEDA, SCORE
  • Job Created:  1
  • Start Date:  January 2016

Grober Nutrition

Business Attraction:  A Cambridge, Ontario company, Grober Nutrition, built a 60,000 sqft manufacturing facility adjacent to Cayuga Milk Ingredients (CMI). Grober takes CMI’s waste byproducts and further processes them to make animal feed for mammals.

  • Location:  Town of Aurelius
  • Project:  $12,300,000
  • Jobs Created:  34
  • Completed:  2016

Owasco Marine

Business Expansion:  Phase One of a two phase expansion project, Owasco Marine is constructing two storage buildings. Building One is 12,000 s.f. and building two is 8,400 s.f. These buildings will house customer and marina boats. Phase Two of the expansion project should take place in the summer of 2016.

  • Location:  Auburn,  NY
  • Project:  $385,000
  • CCIDA Sales & Use Tax Incentives:  $20,000
  • Jobs Created:  5
  • Completed:  Winter 2015-2016


29 East Genesee Street Renovation

Downtown Revitalization:  Urban Initiatives funding from the NYS Office of Homes & Community Renewal was utilized in the renovation of the former Mark’s Pizzeria building on the corner of John and Genesee Streets. The building’s upper levels had been vacant for a number of years, but the building now has a quality commercial space on the first floor and two beautiful apartments on the upper floors.

  • Location: Auburn, NY
  • Project:  $150,000
  • Jobs Created:  Approx. 30 construction; Additional jobs once commercial space is rented
  • Completed:  January 2016

Competitive Advantage Partners

Business Startup:  David Larsen, the former Senior Director of Enterprise Lean at Welch Allyn, has started his own consulting business: Competitive Advantage Partners, LLC. He is focused on helping small to medium sized manufacturers and healthcare organizations improve their competitiveness through the application of lean business practices, by driving improvements in the “triple bottom line”: employee engagement, customer loyalty, and company growth and profitability. The combined focus on growth and profitability ensures that productivity improvements do not result in layoffs. He is also donating 10% of his time to helping non-profit organizations improve their effectiveness, so that our local communities are stronger.

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