JOHNSTOWN -A California company's protracted effort to get power through National Grid for the massive water-bottling plant it is building in the town continues, an economic development official said today.
Fulton County Planning Director James Mraz, also director of the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency, has reported for several weeks that the project is in need of power.
CG Roxane is building a new 170,000-square-foot springwater bottling plant.
Mraz recently told the Center for Regional Growth board there still is no National Grid connection for the project. Today, he said that as of last week, that was still the case.
"One piece of it is there was a series of easements that had to be required," Mraz said. "National Grid is requiring CG Roxane to acquire their own easements."
He said National Grid "dumped" that requirement on CG Roxane in October.
National Grid spokesman Patrick Stella said today the "process" to get power to the plant is still being worked on.
He said the utility has to follow Public Service Commission tariff rules regarding requests from new customers. In this case, he said since CG Roxane needs its own dedicated line, which won't benefit other customers in the area, the onus is on the company to obtain its own easements. He said the company needs fewer than 10 easements.
"There [are] some costs involved," Stella said. "We're trying to help out as much as we can. CG Roxane is eligible for reimbursements up to $250,000."
He said that if the company obtains the easements in the next couple weeks, National Grid is "still on schedule" to complete its work by the first quarter of 2013.
San Francisco-based CG Roxane is investing more than $25 million to eventually produce more than a million bottles of Crystal Geyser Alpine Spring Water per day starting next year at the new building site at 325 Watershed Road. Munter Enterprises of Middle Grove is doing construction work.
CG Roxane initially plans to hire 33 people and eventually hire more than a dozen more when it expands with a second phase that includes a 65,545-square-foot addition of warehouse space.
Mraz recently told the CRG board the new 167,000-square-foot CG Roxane building is now fully enclosed. He also said the new Old Sweet Road - a $1.4 million project - is now done. But he said it wasn't open to the public yet. CG Roxane rebuilt Old Sweet Road to town standards to provide easier access from Route 29.
Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.