FRANKFORT, N.Y. -- It's official -- retail titan, Amazon, will be putting a facility in the Hale building, in the 5S North Business Park, in Frankfort.
"It'll be considered a last mile facility. What that means is, most likely all deliveries will be within 45 minutes but it could be up to 2 and a half hours," says Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency Executive Director, John Piseck.
Details of the project emerged during a Frankfort Village Board meeting Tuesday night. Piseck says this means hundreds of distribution jobs, and that Amazon will also contract with Uber drivers to make deliveries. He says the deal came about through good, old-fashioned networking, with a real estate contact in Albany.
"We've always been talking about different properties, you know, I'll send him emails, hey what's going on, and then he reached out and said, 'hey, there's a building I think for sale in Frankfort. I said, 'you want the contact?' I gave him the owner's contact, cell phone information and here we are today. It's fantastic. Didn't take long, either. And this was all during COVID, by the way," says Piseck.
Piseck says one of the most beneficial aspects of the plan for Herkimer County is the fact that Amazon isn't looking to the IDA for any breaks.
"They will not be seeking any pilot from the IDA. So from day one, they'll be paying property taxes. They're not looking for any sales tax abatement, they're ready to give back to the community and we're very excited about that. That's economic development," says Piseck.
Piseck says Hale will close on the sale of the building to the developer, Scannell Properties, out of Chicago, in about a month. Then, the developer will lease to Amazon. There will be a public hearing on potential environmental impacts of the project before the sale closes.
Hale Manufacturing will be moving with all of their current employees to a facility on Cosby Manor Road, still in Herkimer County, by June 1st.