Plus, Community Leaders and Port of Oswego receive recognition
Plus, Community Leaders and Port of Oswego receive recognition
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Oswego County Economic Development News

November 29, 2023
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Ribbon cutting inaugurating manufacturing expansion at Felix Schoeller North America in Pulaski, NY. Pictured from left: Matt Serrao, Felix Schoeller North America; Andy Clements, Felix Schoeller North America; William Barclay, NYS Assembly Minority Leader; Chris Gallenkamp, Felix Schoeller Group CEO; Michael Szidat, Felix Schoeller North America CEO; Randy Wolken, MACNY President & CEO; Austin Wheelock, County of Oswego IDA CEO; Herb Yerdon, Oswego County Legislator; Andrew Fish, CenterState CEO.

Felix Schoeller North America inaugurates new Coating Operation in Oswego County

On November 15, 2023, Felix Schoeller North America unveiled the new Silicone Coating operation at their Pulaski, New York facility for the first time to the public.
In the Fall of 2021, the company announced plans to build Coater Line 7, their most advanced silicone coating operation at their Central New York manufacturing facility.  Two years later, the $20 million project has come to fruition and is ready to service the company’s North American customers.  The new operation expands Felix Schoeller’s global manufacturing footprint for so-called Release Liners: Products mainly for the adhesive coating industries, such as self-adhesive Graphics, Tapes or Healthcare products.
For the Pulaski facility, this represents a new strategic orientation since its founding 60 years ago. Originally a papermill that produced photographic papers, in the 2000’s the site transitioned to become the largest converting and distribution hub for the digital printing market in North America. The now added manufacturing of silicone coated papers and films is a strategic expansion into this growth market and represents a new direction for the company, outside of imaging products.
With employees, business partners and local dignitaries present, the new production operation was inaugurated with a ribbon cutting ceremony and facility tour. The achievements as well as the significance of this milestone for the company, the local communities of Pulaski and Richland, Oswego County and the Central New York region was recognized by several speakers at the event. 
“This expansion in a very competitive environment would not have been possible without the support of Oswego County and the State of New York” states Michael Szidat, Felix Schoeller North America CEO. “But most of all, thanks go to our great team at Felix Schoeller. From the commitment of our Group CEO Chris Gallenkamp to the local management and engineering teams that have worked tirelessly for two years and sacrificed so much to make it happen. The dedication and passion of our employees is really what made this project a success.”
“The County of Oswego IDA was proud to partner with Felix Schoeller on this project,” said Austin Wheelock, CEO of the IDA. “We are thrilled to help facilitate Felix Schoeller’s growth in the Pulaski area and to support the creation and retention of good paying manufacturing jobs in Oswego County.”
The assistance provided by the IDA and Empire State Development will help to support the creation of 30 new jobs and retaining 145 existing jobs at Felix Schoeller over the next 5 years. Felix Schoeller is committed to hiring and training local talent, offering competitive wages and benefits, and providing employees with opportunities for growth and professional development.

Oswego Health’s 4th Annual Gala Raises Over $149,000 to Support Local Healthcare; Local Community Leaders Recognized

The 4th Annual Oswego Health Foundation Gala, which was themed “A heartwarming night of elegance and inspiration” was nothing shy of amazing. This sold-out event which was hosted at Colloca Estate Winery had 291 guests in attendance and raised over $149,000 on November 11th to support local healthcare and the newly created Oswego Health Foundation Endowment Fund.
During the program, Oswego Health presented three prestigious awards including Community Partner, Physician of the Year, and Nurse of the Year.
The 2023 Community Partner Award was presented to ConnextCare. For over 50 years, ConnextCare has been providing a family-oriented healthcare practice for Oswego and surrounding county residents. They offer a variety of comprehensive health care services in a timely and efficient manner, all provided by their courteous and professional staff. The center is operated by a private, partially federally funded non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
ConnextCare operates health centers in Fulton, Mexico, Oswego, Parish, Phoenix, and Pulaski. It also operates six school-based health centers located in APW, Mexico, Pulaski, and Sandy Creek School Districts.
ConnextCare values its patients, and their privacy, and recognizes the costs attributed to health care services. Most medical insurance plans are accepted at ConnextCare, and they offer affordable and flexible payment plans for those without health insurance. Their professional staff of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, behavioral health specialists, dentists, hygienists, nurses, and volunteers are all working together to provide comprehensive healthcare-related services.
ConnextCare’s mission is to provide comprehensive, affordable, and premier health care and support services to the communities they serve. Oswego Health is grateful for ConnextCare’s ongoing support and collaboration in keeping our community healthy.
The 2023 Physician of the Year Award was presented to Drs. Elizabeth and Gary Bozeman. Dr. Elizabeth Wagner Bozeman, a pioneer in urology, graduated from Emory University with a BA in Psychobiology and completed her urology residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. She has been in private practice since 1995, specializing in female urology, recurrent urinary infections, stone disease, interstitial cystitis, and general urology.
Gary Douglas Bozeman, M.D., MBA, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Arkansas and his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He completed his urology residency at the Medical University of South Carolina and later obtained an MBA from Emory University in 2009. Gary’s urological interests include female urology, benign prostate enlargement, stone disease, cancer (prostate, bladder, and kidney), urinary incontinence, and erectile dysfunction.
Elizabeth and Gary, married in 1996, have worked together in the same urology practice. They are active members of various urological associations and have held leadership positions in these organizations. Elizabeth currently serves as the President of the Medical staff at Oswego Health.
The Bozemans have made a profound impact on the community, serving countless patients and families with their expertise and care.
Jody Wood, BSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM received the 2023 Oswego Health Nurse of the Year Award. Jody joined Oswego Health in 2005 as a Business Services Coordinator in the Medical-Surgical Unit, where she played a pivotal role in the unit’s daily operations and collaborated on scheduling and quality initiatives with leadership. In 2009, she graduated from Nursing School and transitioned to an RN role in the Surgical Services Unit, showcasing rapid growth from novice to expert in the OR and sharing her knowledge with her team.
In 2018, Jody assumed the position of RN Educator/Staff Development in the Surgical Services Unit. When the Surgical Services Director role became vacant in 2019, Jody stepped in as Interim Director, thanks to her leadership skills, deep operational knowledge, and clinical expertise. She officially took on the Director role in February 2020.
As OR Director from early 2020, Jody skillfully guided the team through two pandemic-related shutdowns, successfully rebuilding the nursing team. She balanced increased volumes with an unwavering commitment to patient safety and quality, resulting in OR volumes exceeding pre-pandemic levels. Her collaboration with surgeons and their teams improved OR access, ensuring sufficient nursing staff. Jody’s dedication to education and pursuit of advanced degrees adds to her impressive profile, along with her role as an adjunct nursing professor.
Oswego Health would like to thank the following Gala committee members for their continued dedication and commitment: Darcy Antonucci, Yvette Bishoff, Kerrie Ann Brancato, Sara Broadwell, Dan Capella, Mary Ann Drumm, Ellen Holst, Hope Mazuroski, Katie O'Reilly, Carrie Penoyer - chair, and Patty Reynolds.
Editor's note: Gala committee member Ellen Holst, retired from OCO, is the President of the Operation Oswego County board of directors and Tricia Peter-Clark, President/CEO of ConnextCare, is the Treasurer of the Operation Oswego County board of directors.
In recognition of its contributions to economic development in Central New York, the Port of Oswego Authority (POA) was named a CenterState CEO Economic Champion at a Nov. 16 celebration luncheon. William Scriber, left, POA CEO and executive director, and Thomas Schneider, POA board member, accepted the award.

Port of Oswego Authority recognized as CenterState CEO Economic Champion

In recognition of its contributions to economic development in Central New York, the Port of Oswego Authority (POA) was named a CenterState CEO Economic Champion at a Nov. 16 celebration luncheon.
The port was singled out for winning the Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter award for the fourth time in the past five years for its increases in international tonnage shipped through the St. Lawrence Seaway, as well as its $15 million investment in its New York State Grain Export Center.
“We are gratified for this recognition,” said William Scriber, POA CEO and executive director. “It further reinforces our resurgence as a positive economic generator for Oswego County and for our region.
“Since 2017, we’ve grown to be one of the top five ports on the Great Lakes and built more than a $half a billion in economic development. A U.S./Canadian research study showed that the Port made a $513 million impact on the local and regional economy, generated $201.2 million in wages and salaries, and jobs supported by marine cargo activity rose from 209 in 2018 to 2,229 in 2023—a 996.5% increase. In addition, Oswego is the only Great Lakes port to be designated as a U. S. Dept. of Transportation Marine Highway.”
POA Board Member, Thomas Schneider, applauded the efforts of the Port:  “The Port of Oswego has made tremendous strides in the past five years to increase both the tonnage we handle and our positive economic impact on our region. I applaud our entire team at the Port for their great work to make this happen.”
According to CenterState, the celebration luncheon recognized the collective contributions of 369 companies and organizations to the growth and vibrancy of the Central New York economy. Companies were nominated as Economic Champions for their accomplishments throughout the year by CenterState CEO and the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, the Upstate Minority Economic Alliance, the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, peers, employees and staff, as well as self-nominations.
According to Scriber, the port is poised for another record shipping year in 2024 and is in a unique position to enable the delivery of components and materials that Micron will be shipping in for the construction of their new Clay facility. “We are an intermodal facility,” Scriber said, “So we have truck and rail shipping ability right here, along with tremendous storage capacity, and we’re New York’s only Lake Ontario port.”
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