Manufacturing in New York is extremely competitive relative to other states and regions. Drum Country’s manufacturing base comprises 6.6 percent of our entire industry, compared with only 5.7 percent average for New York State. Why?

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Growing Workforce
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Advanced Manufacturing
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Competitive Wages

Located in North Central New York State, Drum Country – our namesake and the heart of our mighty workforce – encompasses the counties of Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence. Drum Country manufacturers enjoy the natural beauty of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River as well as the close, intermodal access they provide to national and international markets. That’s just a tiny part of our our transportation network!

The powerful market forces driving Drum Country’s flourishing economy are the same forces which spur the manufacturing industry. A plentiful and talented workforce, strong utilities infrastructure, abundant multi-modal transportation, and proximity to high-value markets lend themselves to cost-effective operations and profitable production.


119% Increase
In Fort Drum’s population since 2003 resulting in an increased workforce.
Of Drum Country’s top employers are in manufacturing
$1.88 Billion
Invested in local economy by approximately 25,571 direct and indirect jobs related to Fort Drum in the 2018 fiscal year.
$22.9 Million
Invested with contractors in Drum Country by Fort Drum in the 2018 fiscal year.
Invested in local economy per year by approximately 2,300 Fort Drum area retirees

Top 10 Drum Country Employers

Company Description
Fort Drum Civilian employees at army post
Arconic, Inc. Manufactures forgings and extrusions
Alcoa Manufactures aluminum
Kinney Drugs Regional drug store chain
Car-Freshener Corp. Manufactures air fresheners
ACCO, USA Office supplies
Kraft Foods Manufactures cream cheese products
Curran/Seaway Timber Manufactures wood pellets
New York Air Brake Manufactures braking systems for rail cars
Community Bank N.A. Provides banking services


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Close Connections & International Reach

Drum Country’s close proximity and connectivity to major markets in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and Canada mean cheaper transportation costs and faster time-to-market. Within a 500-mile radius of Drum Country, you’ll find a population of 75,050,238 consumers and 75 percent of Canada’s manufacturing capacity.

A robust transportation network enables you to quickly and easily receive the raw materials you need and transport your finished products to consumers. Your products can easily be transported through the Port of Ogdensburg.

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  • Interstate 81, a major north-south corridor, connects southward to I-90, a major east-west corridor, in Syracuse.
  • U.S. Highway 11 and State Highways 12, 26 and 37, traverse the region.
  • Canadian Highway 401, accessible across the St. Lawrence River via international bridge crossings located at Alexandria Bay, Ogdensburg and Massena, serves as a major east-west corridor between Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal.
  • Canadian Highway 416 connects Canadian Highway 401 with Canadian Highway 417, and acts as an important trade route to Ottawa and eastern Ontario.
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Commercial, non-passenger rail service in Drum Country is provided by CN, a Class 1 railroad, and the largest freight railroad system in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States.

  • The line serving Drum Country is part of CN’s main line connecting Montreal with Syracuse. From Syracuse, the main line connects to Boston, New York, Buffalo, and on to several locations into the Midwest.
  • Within Drum Country, numerous spurs and short lines connect to additional locations.
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City Airport Length Service
Ogdensburg Ogdensburg International 7,600 ft. Passenger, Cargo
Massena Richards Field 4,000-5,600 ft. Passenger, Cargo, Charter
Potsdam Damon Field 3,703 ft. Cargo, Charter
Watertown Watertown International 5,000-7,000 ft. Passenger, Cargo
Syracuse Hancock International 7,500-9,500 ft. Passenger, Cargo
Ottawa, Ontario Ottawa International 3,300-10,005 ft. Passenger, Cargo, Charter
Montréal, Quebec Montréal International 7,000-11,000 ft. Passenger, Cargo, Charter
Montréal, Quebec Mirabel International 8,800 -12,000 ft. Cargo
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The Port of Ogdensburg is the only U.S. port on the St. Lawrence Seaway and the only port on the Great Lakes designated as a Port of National Defense. The Port is closer to Northern Europe than most other U.S. ports, thus making it highly economical for ships to travel to and from Ogdensburg.

  • The Port is a U.S. Customs port of entry with full customs services, and is a designated Foreign Trade Zone
  • Using bulk-loading conveyors, the Port can load 100-lb material at the rate of 1100 short tons/hour. The Port also has the ability to provide shore-side cranes ranging from 50 to 220 tons. Roll-on/roll-off service is available.
  • The Port is open 24/7 and offers 125,000 square ft. of warehousing and a newly constructed 30,000 square ft bulk storage warehouse, 1,120 ft .of docking, unlimited stevedoring services, heavy equipment including rental cranes, and railroad facilities connecting with CN Transportation.

The convergence of these and other market forces create an ideal environment for manufacturing businesses. With so many factors making Drum Country advantageous to the manufacturing industry, manufacturers that relocate to Drum Country can count on a prosperous future. Contact us today to learn more!

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