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Strategic Advantages for Many Businesses

With our diverse economy, this region welcomes businesses from all industries, and Plattsburgh is proud to be home to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) as well as other supply chain businesses. Over time and with the support of TDC and additional community stakeholders, clusters of related business and their component suppliers have developed in this area. 

TDC understands the advantages of colocation with product component manufacturers, and we are happy to work with you in order to help bring the businesses you work with closely, into our parks. 

Transportation Equipment & Aerospace Manufacturing

For those who manufacture equipment for the transport and aerospace industries, it simply makes strategic sense to take advantage of existing suppliers and logistics companies already established in Northern New York.

The Northern New York Transportation Equipment and Aerospace Manufacturing cluster began in 1995, with Bombardier establishing their train car manufacturing plant in Plattsburgh. Their robust business operations soon attracted other companies to the area, specifically those who supply components and logistics services for this sector of the industry. In 2008, also in Plattsburgh, Nova Bus, the world’s second largest motorcoach and transit bus manufacturing group, established what was to become a campus for manufacturing and product testing. These two businesses serve as an anchor to the growing cluster supplying ground and aerospace equipment production. 

Most recently, Norsk Titanium brought its additive manufacturing plant to Northern New York, attracting additional supply chain businesses for the aerospace industry. This growing high-tech corridor was significantly expanded with a $125 million investment in the Norsk Titanium facility.


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Support for the existence and growth of this cluster began informally, when Bombardier commenced production in the region. TDC, in collaboration with the North Country Chamber of Commerce, facilitated stakeholder meetings, prevalent industry studies, and formed relationships with like-organizations in neighboring Quebec. 

In 2017 this support became official, with the inception of the North American Center of Excellence for Transportation Equipment (NAmTrans) which was formally staffed and funded as a subsidiary of the North Country Chamber of Commerce. It has since grown to a robust and comprehensive regional effort that supports the growth and development of the cluster.

Advanced Manufacturing

Northern New York is home to many leading manufacturers, and with our infrastructure to train, support and advance a strong, technically savvy workforce, as well as efficient connectivity to customers and suppliers - it is easy to see why.

Local institutions such as SUNY Plattsburgh, Clarkson University, and Clinton Community College’s Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (IAM) have programs suited - and often tailor-made with the assistance of area companies - to develop the next generation of our growing manufacturing industry labor pool.

This region has become a manufacturing hub for good reason, attracting companies such as Schluter Systems, Swarovski, and APG Neuros who implement advanced techniques in their process. Our workforce is the perfect match, with the capabilities to create unique training programs as manufacturing companies require them; the labor pool of Greater Plattsburgh is unparalleled in its potential.

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Transportation Equipment & Aerospace Manufacturing Cluster Spotlight

Vapor Stone Rail

The leader in the design, development, prototyping, manufacturing and distribution of door systems for metros, and air conditioning system accessories for commuter trains and passenger trains. Vapor Stone Rail has its head office in St-Laurent, Quebec and a production facility located here in Plattsburgh, New York.

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Nova Bus

Part of the Volvo Bus Corporation, the world’s second largest motorcoach and transit bus manufacturing group, Nova Bus has provided transit solutions to cities around the world, and is now a leader in the development of electric and hybrid mass transit technologies. They opened the only U.S. facility in Plattsburgh in 2008. 

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Norsk Titanium

In 2016 it was confirmed that Plattsburgh had been selected by Norsk Titanium as the location for the world’s first industrial scale high-technology manufacturing plant for titanium aerospace components. 

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