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A Utah-based mining explosives company has submitted a grant application to the St. Lawrence River Valley Redevelopment Agency seeking $78,000 to construct a rail spur to their proposed manufacturing facility in the Port of Ogdensburg Heavy Industrial Park.

Maxam North America Inc. of Salt Lake City will build on 12.41 acres of land it bought for $123,000 from the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority. The property is located in the OBPA’s heavy industrial park along Route 37 on the city’s southeast side.

At Wednesday’s board meeting, the OBPA Board of Directors passed a resolution in support of the grant application.

“It’s a good project,” OBPA Chairman Samuel J. LaMacchia said. “They will add about 10 jobs to the area. Also, the railway expansion won’t provide permanent jobs, but they are still going to be very good paying jobs. We’re also putting the land on the tax roll.”

The rail extension to the proposed facility is critical, board members said. The proposed $2.5 million facility will manufacture non-explosive oxidizers and is expected to employ six to 10 people when it opens next summer.

OBPA officials say the new facility will also increase economic activity in the north country, Mr. LaMacchia said.

Maxam North America’s plans to build a manufacturing and distribution plant in Ogdensburg will generate considerable rail and truck traffic, Vice Chairman Frederick J. Carter said.

Some 600 trucks and in excess of 140 rail cars will deliver raw materials and ship product from the facility each year.

Additional jobs may occur as distribution expands into the U.S. Northeast and Canada, Mr. LaMacchia said.

There is also the possibility that Maxam will use the port of Ogdensburg for delivery of raw materials, according to OBPA Director of Commercial and Industrial Development John A. Rishe.

Copies of the resolution were sent to the River Agency. The agency has allocated up to $506,330 for the Community Development and Environmental Improvement Fund for 2014.

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