April 2016: Agri-business

Big business in high-quality ag products

Jay Matteson

Jay Matteson

The north country is very fortunate to be home to some of the highest quality agricultural products and businesses. Recently, one of our newest agricultural businesses, Aviagen, was recognized for its excellence as a global poultry genetics company. Aviagen begins operation this spring in the Jefferson County Industrial Park. It purchased the former Morris Northstar Hatchery that operated successfully for several years. Morris Northstar hatched approximately 300,000 chicks a week for export to broiler chicken farms in Canada. Aviagen indicates it is a higher-end hatchery. It will hatch out chicks that instead of growing directly into meat chickens will be used as parent stock to meet other poultry company demands. Aviagen provides the parents for many different poultry operations around the world. Officials indicate many of the chicks born in Jefferson County will be exported around the world. Aviagen is noted as one of the world’s leading poultry genetics companies. [Read more…]

What’s happening here?

Excavation work continues at the former Bomax site by outer Coffeen Street where a new Nice N Easy convenience store is being constructed. Norm Johnston/ NNY Business

What: Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes convenience store with 16-dispenser fuel canopy and drive-through window.

Where: Former Bomax site on Route 12F, outer Coffeen Street at Salmon Run Mall Road across from Jefferson County Industrial Park.

Owner: Valentine Stores Inc. Brothers Edward J. and John P. Valentine, who own about a dozen in the region, including one just a mile down the road at 19853 Route 12F in the town of Hounsfield. In March, the brothers told town officials that they hoped to target mall traffic, Canadian shoppers and Interstate 81 travelers.

Size: 5,808-square-feet

Architecture & Design: GYMO Architecture, Engineering & Land Surveying, Watertown.

Real Estate: Zircon Development LLC, a development company associated with Valentine Stores Inc., purchased a 0.459 acre property for $1,050,000 from Prime LLC and a 1.29 acre property for $350,000 from Toped Management Services Inc., both owned by Alexandria Bay developer P.J. Simao, for the development of the convenience store and gas station. The property is part of the former site of Bomax Inc., a manufacturer of small motors, which closed operations in 2004.

Completion: Several months, though no opening date has been announced. Site preparation began July 8.

Local jobs: More than a dozen construction jobs; several local contracting companies for construction. Nearly a dozen full- and part-time hourly and store management jobs once operational.

Hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.