CEDA staff assisted Avstar Fuel Systems in applying for AIDA incentives, and continue to connect them with financial and community resources.

Avstar Fuel Systems

Avstar Fuel Systems is constructing an 11,500 square foot addition to their existing facility and are acquiring additional CNC machines to expand their manufacturing operation in Auburn. CEDA staff assisted Avstar in applying for Auburn Industrial Development Authority (AIDA) incentives, and continue to connect them with financial and community resources.

  • Location: Auburn
  • Assistance: AIDA Tax Incentives
  • Jobs to be Created: 40
CEDA guided and translated for Elizabeth and Robert from Casa Latina’s through the Auburn City Codes process to obtain a certificate of occupancy. CEDA also helped with getting a permit for their sign, registering to pay NYS sales tax, getting a NYS grocery store license, and applying to accept SNAP and WIC.

Casa Latina’s

CEDA guided and translated for Elizabeth and Robert from Casa Latina’s through the Auburn City Codes process to obtain a certificate of occupancy. CEDA also helped with getting a permit for their sign, registering to pay NYS sales tax, getting a NYS grocery store license, and applying to accept SNAP and WIC.

  • Location: Auburn
  • Assistance: Technical / Permits & Licensing
Tessy Medical Products, LLC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tessy Plastics Corp.

Tessy Medical Products LLC

Tessy Medical Products, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tessy Plastics Corp., renovated and equipped the facility located at 4900 Technology Park Blvd (former McQuay building) to accommodate the manufacture of COVID-19 test kits for a major medical company. Due to the emergency need for these test kits, CEDA assisted Tessy in getting a fast tracked approval of Auburn IDA benefits to support the project.

  • Location: Auburn
  • Assistance: AIDA Tax Incentives
  • Jobs to be Created: 200

Reuse Refuge

The Reuse Refuge is a small, retail store in downtown Auburn. They sell soaps in refillable bottles as well as other zero-waste themed items. CEDA met with them over the summer of 2020 to inform them about the steps needed to open a small retail space in downtown Auburn and also made suggestions of people and organizations they should reach out to during the process of opening their business.

  • Location: Auburn
  • Assistance: Business Plan
  • Jobs Created: 2

Cayuga Milk Ingredients

Cayuga Milk Ingredients is constructing a 2,408 square foot expansion to their existing facility, adding an additional 450 square foot silo, and installing a new evaporator and finisher along with some additional relevant equipment. This expansion will enable CMI to operate the dryer 24/7 and increase the plant’s processing capacity.

  • Location: Aurelius
  • Assistance: CCIDA Tax Incentives
  • Jobs to be Created: 1 (Phase 1), more to follow in Phase 2

Moonflower Macarons, LLC

Moonflower Macarons, LLC, was a home-based baking business located in Aurora, NY, specializing in the French macaron. The owner and primary operator, Theresa Mendez, is a self-taught pastry chef who has worked for several local restaurants and bakeries. In 2018, she began packaging and selling her pastries at area farmers’ markets and events. The commercial space that opened in August 2020 allowed the business the opportunity to sell online and ship nationally, as well as sell direct to local customers from their storefront.

CEDA Specialists assisted Theresa in acquiring a loan from the City of Auburn’s Small Business Assistance Program.

  • Location:  Auburn
  • Project:  $56,500
  • Incentives:  $45,000 loan from Auburn Small Business Assistance Program
  • Jobs Created:  2 full-time

Prison City Brewing

Business Expansion & Location:  Prison City Brewing has purchased and renovated an existing building and constructed a new brewery space.  PCB with utilize this as additional brewery space and has increased production from 900 BBLS to 10,000 BBLS annually.  The location also includes a tasting room, retail area, event space, and a canning line.

CEDA assisted owners Dawn and Marc Schulz with CDBG loan applications through the City of Auburn and Cayuga County, location identification, and the NYS Consolidated Funding Application.  Our specialists also provided referrals and business-to-business connections to help with this project.

  • Location:  Auburn
  • Project:  $4,250,000
  • Incentives:  $900,000 ESD / AIDA Tax Incentives
  • Jobs To Be Created:  25
Susanne ‘Cookie’ Wheeler, owner of Custom Roots Catering, poses for a portrait near the stage at Treleaven Winery in King Ferry. Along with providing the lunch menu at the winery, Cookie runs the concession stand for the winery’s events.

Simply Cookie

Susanne ‘Cookie’ Wheeler, owner of Simply Cookie and a recent client of Auburn SCORE and CEDA, opened her food service company Spring 2019. In addition to catering weddings and other events, Simply Cookie provides a daily lunch menu and runs the concession stand for events at Treleaven Winery. ‘Cookie’ came to SCORE and CEDA for help in opening her new food-service venture. She had a location and the financing that she needed, so the assistance provided by SCORE and CEDA wasn’t loans or grants but business mentoring.

Having most of the resources she needed to get started, we served as a sounding board of which she could bounce ideas off and helped her to organize her plan.

  • Location:  King Ferry
  • Assistance:  Business Plan / Referrals
  • Jobs Created:  2 full-time, 15 part-time

DuMond Grain, LLC

Business Expansion:  DuMond Grain, a subsidiary of the 6,250-acre farming operation DuMond Ag, LLC, expanded into the soymeal market by building a non-solvent soybean processing plant, bringing locally-grown product from seed to feed for livestock. The project constructed and equipped a new facility, with soymeal and cornmeal extruding and oil pressing equipment, silos for storage, and a barn. This business expansion allows NY soybean farmers to have their soybeans processed in NY State and NY livestock farmers (primarily dairy and swine) to buy NY grown and extruded non-solvent soymeal for their livestock.

CEDA assisted with the development of the business plan for their new operation and provided guidance with the Consolidated Funding Application process.  CEDA continues to connect DuMond Grain with other development opportunities and will assist with local incentives as the project progresses.

  • Location:  Town of Fleming
  • Project:  $3,277,000
  • Incentives:  $879,000 ESD Grant
  • Jobs To Be Created:  30

Wild Nectar Mead, LLC

David Lane plans to open Wild Nectar Mead in the Town of Ledyard in early summer of 2020. Using locally sourced honey, he’s planning to produce an assortment of mead styles and will add to the expanding craft beverage options available in Cayuga County.

  • Location: King Ferry
  • Assistance: Business Plan / Referrals
  • Jobs to be Created: 2
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