Ontario County IDA Assists Constellation Wines U.S. East Coast Distribution Center

News Date: 
10/29/2010

— Canandaigua facility to retain local jobs —

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y., October 29, 2010 — The Ontario County Industrial Development Agency (OCIDA) this week unanimously approved an incentive assistance package for LFN North Street LLC to assist with a distribution center for Constellation Wines U.S. (CWUS) in the City of Canandaigua.

The 193,000-square-foot distribution center is an adaptive reuse of the former Meridian Automotive facility located at 203 North St. The project will be developed by LFN North Street LLC, whose members include Norry Management Corporation and LeFrois Development, and will be leased to CWUS.

“This is a great example of how the IDA can help a company transform a vacant facility and repurpose it into a thriving operation, creating and retaining jobs in the process,” said IDA Chairman David Reh.

The project is expected to create 29 construction jobs and will allow CWUS to retain many of its warehouse and distribution positions in Ontario County.

"This property will be a key component of our East Coast warehousing and distribution strategy," said Glenn Curtis, General Manager, East Coast Wineries, CWUS." This new centralized distribution center will allow us to ship approximately 80 percent of all East Coast produced products directly to our customers from this location."

Construction on the warehouse and distribution center is expected to commence in the very near future with construction completed by May 2011. While Norry Management and LeFrois Development have worked on multiple adaptive reuse projects, this will be the first such project for them in the City of Canandaigua.

“We are very excited to work on this project; this is what we do,” said Lewis Norry, President and CEO of Norry Management. “We couldn’t have done it without support from the IDA and the City of Canandaigua.”

IDA assistance is comprised of sales tax, mortgage tax, and real estate tax abatements.

“CWUS looked at various solutions,” said Mike Manikowski, IDA Executive Director. “IDA assistance was vital to keeping the distribution center in Ontario County.”

Despite the economic downturn, the county IDA is experiencing a busy year so far in 2010, with five projects approved as of the end of October. The projects represent an investment of more than $40 million, and are expected to create and retain 300 jobs over the next three years.

For more information about OCIDA, please call 585-396-4460 or visit http://www.ontariocountydev.org.