Feedback: New Jobs For O'Burg As ACCO Expands Operations

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As many as 30 new jobs may be coming to Ogdensburg as part of ACCO Brands' decision to close a production facility in Brampton, Ontario and consolidate and expand existing St. Lawrence County operations at its local distribution center.

"It will allow us to bring people back who've been on layoff status as we begin manufacturing," said Richard Nelson, ACCO spokesman.

The closure of the Ontario facility will result in the loss of more than 120 jobs but the manufacturing operations are being transferred to Ogdensburg.

The company also is moving its manufacturing operations from the 140,000 square foot facility it has operated in the town of Oswegatchie since 1946 to its Route 37 distribution center.

The move will bring a net gain of more than two dozen jobs.

Work is already underway on the consolidation that will put around 140 current workers under one roof at the distribution center.

"They're keeping the production line here. They're keeping distribution here. They're increasing production line. They're possibly adding new jobs," said Ogdensburg Mayor Bill Nelson.

The building will also house ACCO's production line for three-ring binders and other office supplies.

Funds are also being provided through the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency to help train workers and give ACCO a sales and use tax exemption.

The 300,000 square foot distribution & manufacturing building was also granted Foreign Trade Zone status in the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority's industrial park, which officials say was an essential component to ACCO's consolidation plan.

ACCO officials tell us the building and equipment upgrades necessary for the consolidation should be complete by year's end.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
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