Simple Roast Coffee

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.

Business Expansion:  Shortly after opening, Pierson’s kiosk grew in popularity, and he saw the need for a second location.  As of February 2019, work is nearly finished on the second kiosk located in Auburn’s west end at 321 W. Genesee Street.

“In the expansion of our business, we were looking for a second location.  I was able to find multiple locations and multiple connections, and CEDA was able to connect me with those people.  And if I hadn’t come in and just had a ten minute conversation, I wouldn’t have known that.” ~Matt Pierson, Owner, Simple Roast Coffee

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

Summerhill Brewing, LLC

Business Startup:  Summerhill Brewing, a microbrewery started as an experiment in a garage, is now building a facility to house a larger brew system and tasting room.

Owners Jeff & Sallee TenEyck attended SCORE’s “Simple Steps to Starting Your Business” workshop series at 2 State Street to help get their project off the ground. Throughout, they have worked with CEDA for assistance on their business plan, and CEDA continues to connect them with local resources for financing and benefits.

  • Location:  Town of Summerhill
  • Project:  TBD
  • Jobs To Be Created:  4 part-time

Auburn Hotel Ventures, LLC – Holiday Inn

Business Expansion:  Auburn Hotel Ventures, LLC is renovating all guest rooms, conference rooms, lobby, restaurant/dining areas, and common spaces in the Holiday Inn.  The renovation project will completely update the facility, ensuring the long-term flag of Holiday Inn for this facility.

CEDA assisted Auburn Hotel Ventures with the process to incentivize this project through the Auburn Industrial Development Authority.  AIDA awarded the project a Sales & Use Tax Exemption.

  • Location:  75 North Street, Auburn
  • Project:  $5,100,000
  • Jobs To Be Created:  7

Copper John Corporation

Business Expansion:  Copper John Corporation, a manufacturer of archery accessories, will purchase new production equipment and reconfigure its existing manufacturing facility in Auburn. This will allow them to expand production capability and capacity, insource production currently outsourced to China and other domestic locations; improve response time to meet market demand; expand into new product categories; and enhance sales and marketing capability in the US, Europe, and Asia.

Copper John worked closely with the team at CEDA to complete the Consolidated Funding Application to the CNYREDC.  Copper John was awarded an allotment of energy through the New York Power Authority, along with a $280k grant through ESD and tax credits through the Excelsior Jobs Program.

  • Location:  173 State Street, Auburn
  • Project:  $1,442,000
  • Jobs To Be Created:  12

Auto Wash Car Wash

Business Location:  Auto Wash Car Wash has opened their 5th location in Auburn.  They have turned an uninhabited parcel of land containing a single-family home in severe disrepair into a new commercial building that compliments the neighboring businesses and will create 6 new jobs.  Their other locations include Batavia, Canandaigua, Geneva, and Tonawanda.

CEDA assisted Auto Wash with the process to incentivize this project through the Auburn Industrial Development Authority.  AIDA awarded the project a Sales & Use Tax Exemption.

  • Location:  Auburn
  • Project:  $2,365,000
  • Jobs Created:  6
  • Completed:  2018

Tessy Plastics

Business Location:  Tessy Plastics purchased the former Daikin McQuay property in December 2016 to consolidate their warehousing.  In the summer of 2016, Tessy began a $31M expansion in Van Buren, NY.  Once that development is completed, and with the growth history of Tessy Plastics, the Auburn facility will likely be the next location to expand their manufacturing operations.

  • Location: 4900 Technology Park Blvd Auburn (formerly Daikin McQuay)
  • Project:  $10,860,000
  • Completed:  December 2016

E. John Gavras Center

Business Expansion:  The E. John Gavras Center embarked on a capital project to improve their North Street facility and expand the capacity of their childcare program.  In 2016, they were awarded an Empire State Development Grant to incentivize their project. CEDA assisted Gavras with the Consolidated Funding Application process.

  • Location:  182 North Street, Auburn
  • Project:  $1,800,000
  • Incentives:  $176,249


Business Expansion:  CIDEC embarked on a 15,000 s.f. expansion to their current facility to add warehousing, light manufacturing, and additional office space.  The $1.2M project helped CIDEC retain current employees and hire an additional 7 employees.

  • Location:  Town of Aurelius
  • Project:  $1,200,000
  • Jobs Created:  7
  • Completed:  2017

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
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