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October 8, 2013

Step Back in Time: Oct. 8, 2013

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25 years ago

Oct. 8, 1988

BLOOMVILLE — The final piece to the financial puzzle that will allow the idle Provimi Veal plant in Bloomville to open fell in place this week, and the plant is expected to resume operations in early 1989.

The plant closed in September 1986. Then Penn Quality Meats, a 70-member veal producers cooperative bought it last year and began applying for $1.3 million in grants and low-interest loans to reopen.

With final loan approvals of about $500,000 from the state’s Urban Development Commission and Job Development Authority pending in August, Penn Quality then found that the plant’s sewage treatment plant needed an add-on pretreatment unit to handle blood and fats.

The UDC and the JDA monies were approved, but a final $158,000 was needed from the state Economic Development Authority for the treatment equipment, said Harold Caldwell, Penn Quality attorney.

“We anticipate opening the plant in mid-January 1989,” said Caldwell.

Caldwell said state Assemblyman Richard Coombe of Grahamsville and state Sen. Charles Cook of Delhi “went way out of their way to help get the financing.”


50 years ago

Oct. 8, 1963

An Oneonta manufacturing firm will study “staggering” its working hours to better fit the Chestnut Street traffic pattern as an alternative to a new traffic light requested at the corner of Chestnut and Shaffer streets.

The matter came to light Monday afternoon as Police Commissioner Dr. Robert Rounds told the Public Safety Board that the Oneonta Dress Company had made a request for a light at the corner.

The request came, Dr. Rounds explained, from the Dress company management which is concerned because employees find it difficult to get out of parking areas about the plant at 359 Chestnut St. during the rush periods around 8 a.m. and 4:40-5 p.m.

They asked, he said, for a light that would be operative from 7:30 to 8 a.m., and from 4:30 to 5 p.m. the commissioner told the Safety Board members. However, Dr. Rounds explained, he had told Dress Company officials that such a light, under the law, would have to be operative all the time.

“I suggested the possibility that they might move their working hours up a half hour,” Dr. Rounds said as he explained that “it seemed to me they might miss the heavy traffic that piles up around 4:15 p.m. and continues until after five o’clock.”

They agreed to study the proposal, he said.

Dr. Rounds confessed himself sympathetic to the “difficult situation” faced by the workers at the manufacturing plant and said that an adjustment of the sort he suggested might not be a workable idea because some of these workers “have kids to get off to school or someone else to bring to work.”