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Central Hudson is providing $1 million in economic development funds for five revitalization projects.
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Quality jobs in manufacturing

Incentives for job creation and revitalization

Central Hudson is committed to supporting all businesses that create quality jobs in our service territory, particularly high-tech and industrial manufacturing companies in industries with positive long-term prospects.
» Recent success stories
» Brochure: Details about incentives, worth up to $200,000, for these types of projects

Main Street Revitalization Projects

Many corridors of the region’s small- and medium-sized urban centers are vacant and underutilized. Central Hudson is helping communities rebuild and revitalize these areas in order to attract new development, jobs and people into our Main Street corridors.
» The five projects

Greene CountyFerguson Enterprises

Ferguson’s distribution center in Coxsackie, Greene County, is the recipient of a $200,000 economic development grant from Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation under the utility’s Shovel Ready Sites program. Ferguson is the largest distributor of commercial and residential plumbing supplies in the United States. “Central Hudson recognizes the importance of new private sector investment and job creation in the Hudson Valley” said James P. Laurito, President and C.E.O. of Central Hudson. “That is why we are so pleased to partner with Ferguson as they open their eleventh regional distribution center, and we welcome them to Greene County.” 

Dutchess County

In the City of Poughkeepsie we provided $250,000 to open Garden Street to accommodate vehicle traffic to a parking garage from Main Street; and at a separate site in Poughkeepsie, we've awarded funding for a rehabilitation project to restore a historic factory where commercial space, a cafe, retail space and affordable housing will be added.
In Wappingers Falls, funding is awarded to the West Main Street Redevelopment project to expand the County Players Theater and rehabilitate a historic building to add housing.

Ulster County

The Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC), Rural Ulster Preservation Corp. (RUPCO), and the City of Kingston are receiving funding to enhance Cornell Street between UPAC and the Lace Factory, improving the appearance of the area and providing a more pedestrian friendly environment. UPAC will use funding for infrastructure improvements that will eventually allow the theater to be open year-round; while RUPCO has rehabilitated the historic Lace factory provide artists with 55 live-work units together with community and gallery spaces. Both UPAC and the Lace Factory serve as an attraction to midtown Kingston, an important area for the city.

Orange County

In the City of Newburgh, funding has been awarded for Broadway Corridor Enhancement project. The Newburgh Landbank is implementing a complete streetscape enhancement along Broadway between Johnson and Liberty Streets, focusing on a three block area that ties into their redevelopment plans, and planning the renovation of a key historic building. This project will help to expand redevelopment along the City of Newburgh’s primary corridor.


Success Stories: How our programs are helping the local economy


SUNY New Paltz 3D printing program

Central Hudson, SUNY New Paltz, and a venture capital investor have come together to form a Center for Advanced Manufacturing in 3-D Printing at SUNY New Paltz. 3D printing involves the creation of a three-dimensional object from a digital model.The burgeoning technology allows for a high level of customization and a relatively quick turnaround from concept to creation. The initiative aims to help grow the Hudson Valley's economy and create jobs in our region.

A major focus of the initiative is the creation of the Digital Design and Fabrication program at SUNY New Paltz. The program will bring the School of Fine and Performing Arts together with the School of Engineering to provide an introduction to how to conceptualize and create digital designs that can be fabricated on a 3-D printer. The second major focus of the initiative will be to build a support center that will provide access to high-end 3-D printing and fabrication equipment. The intent will be to build a major production facility and to support innovation, start-up businesses, prototype development, and to enhance the use of 3-D printing in the region. More than $1 million will be invested in the Center and Central Hudson will contribute $250,000 over 3 years.

United Natural Foods

United Natural Foods, Incorporated (UNFI), located in Montgomery, Orange County, is the leading national distributor of natural and organic foods, specialty foods, and related products in the United States and Canada.

UNFI invested more than $58 million in its 505,000-square-foot distribution center catering to natural and organic retail grocery stores. More than 35,000 products are housed in the facility, which also contains 135,000 square feet of refrigerated space. Products will be distributed to markets in northern New Jersey and New York State. UNFI has already generated more than 350 new jobs in its first year of operation, and the company expects that it will ultimately create more than 500 jobs over two years at its new Orange County location.

UNFI received a $200,000 economic development grant from Central Hudson under our Shovel Ready Sites program.


Metal Can Container Facility

Anheuser Busch - Metal Can Container facility

Anheuser-Busch controls one-half of the market share of beer in the United States and maintains four facilities in New York State, including Metal Can Container in New Windsor (Orange County). At that facility, Metal Can Container produces 25 billion cans and 28 billion lids. The facility maintains a unionized workforce of 173 employees paying an average salary of $68,000 per year.

Metal Can Container approached Empire State Development Corporation regarding the potential risk of losing the New Windsor facility to Tampa, Florida or St. Louis, Missouri unless an economic development incentive package could be structured. Empire State Development Corporation, the Orange County Industrial Development Agency, and Central Hudson joined together to keep the Metal Can Container facility in New Windsor. As a result, 173 jobs were retained and Metal Can Container made a $50 million capital investment in the facility by transitioning one of its 12 ounce beer can lines into a 16 ounce to 20 ounce beer can shaping line. Metal Can Container received a business retention for manufacturers grant of $200,000 from Central Hudson.


Marist College Hancock Technology Center

JBT Wolf-Tec

JBT Wolf-Tec was founded locally in 1977. It is an industrial machinery manufacturing company that specializes in meat, poultry, and seafood processing equipment. JBT Wolf-Tec, which is based in Kingston, is a world-leading meat processing company with partnerships and facilities throughout the world — including in New Zealand and Germany — and holds patents for its technological innovations in the industry. The company recently expanded its Industrial Machinery Manufacturing & Distribution operations at a former warehouse space in Kingston. The 133,000 square foot site required infrastructure upgrades including plumbing, electrical, and paving. JBT Wolf-Tec made a $6.3 million capital investment for this project. To aid this expansion, Central Hudson provided the company a Building Revitalization grant of $100,000 in 2014 and a $62,500 Shovel Ready grant in June of 2015.


Marist College Hancock Technology Center

Marist College

Marist College installed a Cisco TelePresence system in its brand new Hancock Techology Center. Cisco TelePresence is a life-like, high definition video conferencing system that creates an immersive, face-to-face experience, and enables a powerful collaboration over the network. By providing a more sophisticated environment than a conference call or traditional video conferencing, the Telepresence facility at Marist College offers a rich multi-media communications environment to the local business community that will help link local entrepreneurs with opportunities outside of the Hudson Valley.

The incubator at Marist’s Hancock Center and the TelePresence system was the first TelePresence system located between New York City and Albany. The system will give local businesses the world’s premier video conferencing system. In 2014 Marist was awarded the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education award for Institutional Excellence in Information Technology in its Medium Size Institution category for the Telepresence Initiative. The award, recognizes excellence and professionalism in information technology. This award was earned for the unique way Marist leverages the immersive capability of telepresence technology to enhance academic learning and research initiatives in support of the College’s mission.

More than $500,000 in capital and infrastructure will be installed. In 2011 Central Hudson awarded Marist a Wired Building grant of $100,000.


Liquid Filtration Equipment


Stavo Industries offers the largest diversity of liquid filtration equipment in the world and the company caters its products to the biopharmaceutical, food and beverage, cosmetic, and biofuels industries. Stavo Industries has consolidated five buildings in the Kingston (Ulster County) area and expanded into a 125,000 square foot former warehouse. Stavo has expended $6 million to rehabilitate the space while it retained about 50 jobs in Kingston and is adding 15 more jobs over two years. Stavo was provided a $100,000 Revitalization grant in 2013 and a $62,500 Shovel Ready grant in June of 2015.


Hunter Panels

The company has constructed a new 350,000 sq. ft. facility to manufacture and distribute two primary insulation products for the commercial and industrial waterproofing and roofing markets in Montgomery (Orange County). Hunter Panels has invested approximately $35 million and retained 70 employees from its Ulster County facility and will add an additional 24 employees in three years. Central Hudson joined forces with Empire State Development and the Orange County Industrial Development Agency to offer an attractive incentive package. Hunter Panel was provided a $200,000 Shovel Ready grant in December 2013.


Empire Merchants North

Empire Merchants North is part of the Charmer Sunbelt Group, one of the nation’s leading distributors of spirits, fine wines, beers, and bottled water. In 2009, the group built a new 250,000 square foot facility in Coxsackie (Greene County). The company invested more than $30 million in its state of the art facility and retained 223 employees. The company also added an additional 63 employees at its facility with 57 of those new positions paying $60,000 or greater per year. Central Hudson granted the company $57,000 as part of its job expansion program.