Old Plant, New Life in Bainbridge

By WBNG News

September 27, 2010 Updated Sep 27, 2010 at 6:16 PM EDT

Bainbridge, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The old Elmer's Glue Plant has been vacant for the last four years. But now, the property has a new owner. He is looking to put new life in a commercial space that was once the center of a Chenango County Village.

"We can't ever get a 13-6 trailer in our building. It isn't high enough. So we either work on them outside, or we don't work on them in the winter. Now we'll be able to work on them year round," said Bob Allen, who owns R.O. Allen & Son Portable Storage.

He has been looking for some space for his company in Chenango Bridge. He repairs, paints, and rents portable containers for storage. He found some extra room in Bainbridge -- 54,000 square feet of it.

Allen purchased the old Elmer's Glue Plant on County Road 38 in the Village. The price tag was $150,000 -- a good deal he says.

"We look forward to having hopefully have it well-utilized," Allen said.

Allen will use about one-fifth of the space for his own needs. The rest he's looking to lease to other companies.

The building itself won't look a whole lot different. But, work will soon start to make it move-in ready.

"We'll just go in there and clear out the piping and so forth that was used in the glue-making process," Allen said.

Allen has one tenant now. It will be hiring in Chenango County.

"Auburn Biodiesel thinks they might have as many as forty employees there at some point," Allen said.

More employers moving in would mean more jobs for the area. It was at one point a regional commercial hub.

It also has easy transportation to Route 7, Interstate 88, and train tracks that one tenant says it will use.

"Auburn Biodiesel will. They're going to have raw soybeans come in by rail," Allen said.

Allen is still looking for other tenants who might be interested in moving there. Preliminary work is set to begin soon in Bainbridge.

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