Week in Review: July 15 – July 19, 2019
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“Stewart’s Shops Corp. will expand its bottling plant and distribution center next year after winning a lawsuit brought by neighbors who sought to block the 61,250-square-foot addition.
A state Supreme Court judge dismissed the Article 78 case filed in April by James Van Dyk, Jeffrey Brown and Patricia Hilleren, who claimed the expansion could disturb wetlands and divert stormwater into their basements and yards, decreasing property values.”
“Flomatic, a manufacturer of valves for water, wastewater, and irrigation systems, recently opened a 19,000-square-foot addition to its plant at 15 Pruyns Island in Glens Falls.
The project includes a new epoxy-coating system, a tank for testing valves, and new warehouse and display space.”
“Zones nfrastructure continues to hire dozens of new employees at its office in Menands, and is looking to hire 15 to 20 people in the next month.
The jobs are for Zones’ high-end call center, working with Microsoft’s most important customers to help them use Office 365 and Microsoft 365 tools better.”
“Booming. Thriving. A renaissance.
There’s been no shortage of words to describe recent activity in downtown Schenectady, which local officials often point out seemed moribund just a short decade ago.
Now for the first time since 1978, the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation (DSIC) wants to expand its service area.”
“Dollar General is searching for hundreds of supervisors, receiving clerks, maintenance staff and warehouse product selectors as the company finishes construction of its 750,000-square-foot distribution center in Florida, New York.
After working through more than six months of construction delays caused by a harsh winter and a rainy spring, the discount retail chain is wrapping up work on its 16th distribution center. The $91 million project will employ 430 people on Route 5S just west of Amsterdam in Montgomery County.”
“William Crowder has created a backpack with a built-in tablet screen that he thinks can change the way companies advertise — and make some extra cash for the wearer at the same time.
The backpack — called MyBackStory — features a 10-inch tablet with built-in speakers and bike lights. The idea is people wearing the backpacks can showcase ads on the tablets as they are walking around and make supplemental income. He wants to bring the backpack to market this year.”
“U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer announced, following his push, $39.2 million in federal funding to help expand access to high-speed, broadband internet across upstate NY.
The funding was allocated through the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Connect America Fund (CAF) and will be used to bring broadband internet access to over 15,000 rural properties, homes and businesses throughout upstate NY.”
“A lively and bustling crowd of people were milling about the new eateries at the grand opening of the River Street Market, at 433 River St.
The premium food hall features six unique vendors offering local cuisine.”