Adirondack Beverage plans $15M expansion in Glenville

Glenville company expects to add 50 jobs for new production line
An undated aerial view of the Glenville Business and Industrial Park.
An undated aerial view of the Glenville Business and Industrial Park.

GLENVILLE — Adirondack Beverages is planning a $15 million expansion that would add 50 jobs and 100,000 square feet to its sprawling complex in the Glenville Business and Technology Park.

The Glenville Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday will consider the proposal in two parts: subdividing a 15-acre parcel off 70 acres of land controlled by the Galesi Group and then building the warehouse upon that parcel.

When the new warehouse is completed, Adirondack would move its existing warehouse operations into it, then create a new production line in the old warehouse. The addition of roughly 50 employees needed to run the expanded operation would push the company’s workforce above 300 employees for the first time in its 52-year history, said Town Supervisor Chris Koetzle.

“It’s obviously important for us here in the town,” he said. “It’s provided more good-paying jobs for people in our community. It’s adding tax revenue to our town.”

Tax revenue has been a gradual arrival at the industrial park off Route 5, a former U.S. Navy supply depot built during World War II. As a federal facility, it was tax-exempt, but the federal government has been selling it off piecemeal for decades. Once in private hands, land and buildings can be taxed.

Several factors have resulted in the industrial park taking off in the last 10 years or so, Koetzle said:

  • The feds decided to sell off significant portion of the remaining federal land and clean up soil contamination;
  • There is abundant electrical service and high-quality water available;
  • Construction of the route 890 bridge over the Mohawk River in 1998 brought the U.S. interstate system almost to the western driveway of the industrial park;
  • A rail line serves tenants that deal in bulk materials;
  • The two industrial parks on site were given a single name and a unified development approach; 
  • The Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority has been very successful in attracting new business there.

“I think people don’t realize the great jobs that are coming out of that park,” Koetzle said.

Another major construction project underway at the Glenville Business and Technology Park is the 100,000-square-foot, $30 million Belgioioso cheese factory, where 50 people are expected to work.

Metroplex Chairman Ray Gillen said Adirondack Beverage already occupies six of the big former military warehouses on site, with space totaling more than 700,000 feet, and wants to start its expansion soon.

“It’s a good manufacturer, a good employer in the county,” he said.

Gillen said Metroplex provided Adirondack assistance in moving the project forward. No outright grants are committed to the project, although it is scheduled to receive one of the 10-year sliding property tax breaks frequently offered as a development incentive. Tax liability will start at 50 percent in the first year after construction and reach 100 percent by the tenth.

An Adirondack Beverage executive did not return calls seeking comment for this story.

The company was formed in 1967 and has steadily added square footage, production capacity and workforce over the years, even as it was acquired by Polar Beverages of Worcester, Massachusetts.

In its 50th anniversary year, Adirondack announced a $3 million expansion of its bottling operations with a new blow-molding line. The state committed up to $400,000 in tax credits keyed to the creation of 24 jobs, and Metroplex provided a $45,000 grant to repair roads in the industrial park.

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