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DeFelsko, Deringer will create 55 new jobs, stay in Ogdensburg

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OGDENSBURG — DeFelsko Corp. and A.N. Deringer Inc. will create 55 new jobs between them and stay in Ogdensburg as a result of an expansion and relocation announced Friday.

DeFelsko, a manufacturer of coating thickness gauges and precision instruments at 802 Proctor Ave. in the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority’s Commerce Park, will buy the Deringer customs brokerage building next door at 800 Proctor Ave. for $300,000 to accommodate its expansion. The purchase will be made from the OBPA, which first will buy the building from Deringer for the same price.

Deringer, meanwhile, will pay the OBPA $450,000 for an industrial building at 835 Commerce Park Drive, where it will relocate.

The OBPA board approved the transactions at a special meeting on Friday. Keeping the two businesses in Commerce Park was essential as DeFelsko’s need for more room apparently prompted both companies to consider looking elsewhere, OBPA Chairman Samuel J. LaMacchia said.

“This is a long-term investment,” he said. “These two businesses have decided to invest here.”

In a prepared statement, DeFelsko President David Beamish expressed his satisfaction with the deal.

“This acquisition will allow DeFelsko to expand to meet the demands of its growing business,” he said. “In the past few years, DeFelsko has expanded its product range and introduced successful new technologies which have increased the production requirements of the existing facility.”

OBPA Executive Director Wade A. Davis said the agreement capped nine months of negotiations. “We’re very pleased that we can do this,” he said.

The benefits of the deal, according to Mr. Davis, include:

n $11.5 million in wages and benefits from the new jobs, which will include 50 manufacturing positions at DeFelsko, at 10 jobs annually over five years.

n $1.3 million in new tax revenue for the city of Ogdensburg, the Ogdensburg City School District and St. Lawrence County.

n $170,000 in retained Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge toll revenues over a 10-year period.

n Savings for OBPA of $44,000 in utility costs.

DeFelsko, in Commerce Park since 1991, employs 70 people in its sales and manufacturing departments, according to Randy Beeson, the company’s manufacturing manager.

Deringer, in Commerce Park since 1990, has seven customs brokers and will add five more with the relocation.

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