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Delta Hardwoods
9523 St Rt 26
Lee Center, NY 13363
 
Phone: (315)336-5017

 
Delta Hardwoods located in Lee Center is a new business start up as of September 11, 2009. Their rapid start up and success shows that a small business, producing a premium product, can start up and thrive in the Mohawk Valley, even in a year that made many companies shudder. "Not that the first year didn't hand us any challenges!," shares president Randy Bowers. "Some mechanical issues with a piece of equipment forced us to pull that piece of the plan from year five to year once, but overall, our progress has been beyond what we could have hoped for."
Delta landed a three-year contract to exclusively manufacture product for Green River Flooring/American Heritage Flooring out of Oswego, New York and are working on their partnerships that will increase their growth and annual sales dramatically. 100% of Delta's sales are domestic and when looking for vendors, local is preferred. The new piece of machinery mentioned above will be coming from Portland, Oregon- the other company that they could have purchased it from was in Germany. 90-95% of their raw material is also from the U.S. where the species are native, most coming from New York, Pennsylvania and New England states. The other 10% comes from Quebec.
A recent quality study on the plant operations left reviewers blown away. Delta's product quality and procedures shadow those of other flooring manufacturers- from the consistency of cutting wood down to 1/1,000th of an inch, to shipping and receiving procedures. Randy is nothing short of humbled and pleased when reporting this. "Everybody is important in a success story," he says, "from those out marketing to those that are in charge of maintenance of the building. Every tiny bit of effort makes a huge difference and sets a tone of quality that will become ingrained in our culture."
Mohawk Valley EDGE assisted Delta Hardwoods with a $50,000 loan from the Rural Development and Agri-Business Assistance Program. Along with funding from Rome Savings Bank, the money is being used to renovate a building, make improvements , buy equipment, tools and supplies and provide working capital. Delta went from 0 to 18 employees in just over a year and expects to increases employment to around 30, with the possibility of adding a second shift.
Randy shares that his experience with EDGE was very positive. "I can't say enough about my EDGE representative, Peter Zawko. From putting together the process of the loan package to site visits to see how we were progressing, he really was there for us."
The Oneida County Rural Development & Agri-Business Loan Program is designed to support rural economic development and agri-business ventures by securing financing not normally available through traditional channels. The Program is designed to provide low interest loans to help small, existing or start up companies provide new job opportunities, keep existing jobs and broaden the tax base in eligible rural areas of Oneida County. Funding for the Rural Development & Agri-Business Program is through a grant to Oneida County from the New York State Office of Community Renewal.
 
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