ROME, N.Y. – Mohawk Valley EDGE was awarded nearly $100,000 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to purchase equipment for lease to One Pull Solutions Wire & Cable in Rome.
The funding, which comes from the USDA’s Rural Development Program, will allow the company to create more bundled wire, by adding three additional production lines. The business also plans to hire 14 more employees.
“The financing received from the USDA will enable One Pull Solutions to scale up production of our bundled wire for use on solar farms. The One Pull solar bundled wire provides a 75% reduction in the time it takes to install wire in a utility scale solar project, helping to keep solar project construction on time and within budget,” said Rob Reardon, managing director of One Pull Wire.
Congressman Anthony Brindisi says the USDA funds are meant to support equipment purchases, technical upgrades and training.
“Right now, we are all focused on building our communities back stronger than ever, and these grants will help us get there,” said Brindisi. “These dollars will help create new jobs and give our rural communities an economic boost. I will keep fighting to bring funds back to Upstate New York.”
The Partnership for Community Development also received $70,000 in funding from the Rural Development Program, to help dairy farmers in Chenango and Madison counties launch a new initiative.
The plan is to model the initiative after Hudson Valley Fresh, a program that promotes sustainable agriculture and supports dairy farmers in Columbia, Dutchess and Ulster counties.