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Biotech Energy - Plattsburgh-based Firm expanding through Start-Up NY


Monday, February 27, 2017


February 24, 2017
From Plattsburgh Press Republican by Dan Heath


Plattsburgh-based Firm expanding through Start-Up NY

A biomass energy technology firm plans to establish its corporate headquarters at Clinton Community College.

Biotech Energy intends to invest $30,000 and create 10 new jobs at the college, where it will lease the Pines Cottage. 

Clinton Community College President Ray DiPasquale said the new partnership with Clinton Community College and Biotech Energy is an exciting development. 

"I was honored to have met with Stan Kinsman, Brad Noviski and Doug Starr, the Biotech team, who are experienced entrepreneurs in providing a sustainable, renewable energy product," he said.

"This is extraordinarily good news for Clinton Community College, Clinton County and New York state. We are pleased to welcome Biotech (Energy) to Clinton Community College.”

HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE

Clinton Community College Director of Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Kristopher Renadette said the company's move to campus comes at an opportune time, as work progresses on the new Institute for Advanced Manufacturing, scheduled to open in the fall. 

“Biotech Energy setting up headquarters on campus is an excellent opportunity to partner with our technology programs, bringing new academic opportunities in bio-fuels in renewable energy and providing excellent hands-on internship and projects for our students,” he said.

The company's team has played a part in several projects in the New England area, including one with a tie to this immediate area. Vice President of Engineering Brad Noviski and Vice President of Innovation John Tomasi were part of the project to design and install biomass boiler plants at AuSable Valley Central School in 2011.

The company has also done work for Middlebury College, the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Colby College.

DRIVING DEVELOPMENT

Biotech Energy is one of 43 companies that are expected to invest more than $15 million as they expand or locate operations in New York.

Those firms, announced this week by Empire State Development, are expected to create 640 new jobs.

“From life sciences to advanced manufacturing, industrial engineering to green-tech, more and more companies are finding New York state is a great place to grow their business,” said Empire State Development President and CEO Howard Zemsky. 

“These 43 companies will create hundreds of jobs for New Yorkers in dynamic, innovative industries while generating millions in revenue for local economies throughout the state.”

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher congratulated the colleges and universities that welcomed new businesses to their campuses.

“The business partnerships SUNY colleges and universities have cultivated as a result of this program continue to bring academic and research benefits to our students, faculty and staff while also driving economic development in every region of the state,” she said.