Environmental Cleanups Help Drive Massena's EconomyPosted: Updated:
One of the biggest job creators in Massena is not a new or expanding company. It's environmental cleanup at Superfund sites.
“Without a doubt. I think any of these remediation projects are bringing in, either employing local labor or bringing in labor from outside the area,” said Jim Murphy, Business Development Corp. for a Greater Massena.
Cleanup at the General Motors site alone provided 55 jobs at its peak. Now, job creation is ramping up at the Grasse River cleanup - 80 jobs are expected. Employment there will benefit the local economy.
“They have to shop somewhere. They have to live somewhere. They eat in the local restaurants,” said Murphy.
No one is cheering that land or water was polluted – badly. But it's a job that has to be done. The GM cleanup took three decades. Professionals sent by their companies sometimes go apartment – and even house hunting.
“They need to get their families situated for the long-term effects of the job,” said Michael Kassian, broker/owner, Kassian Real Estate.
At the General Motors site, the cleanup is almost complete. And the trust that owns it is already marketing it to companies that might want to locate there.
That's the next stage benefit Massena hopes for. A Bitcoin miner has moved into Alcoa East. A solar farm and others have expressed interest in cleanup areas at Alcoa West. The trust at GM says it has prospects.