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If your company is seeking to expand internationally or to improve its access to the US marketplace, then there is no better place to start than Jefferson County, NY — Ontario’s Northern New York neighbour at the other end of the scenic Thousand Islands International Bridge. Jefferson County offers a strategic location, a Canadian-friendly business environment and ready assistance to ensure your project’s success 

Located midway between Kingston and Brockville, the 1000 Islands Bridge connects the 401 directly to the US Interstate system via I-81, which runs through the City of Watertown and the heart of Jefferson County. The County is home to Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division, the largest military installation in the Northeastern US, which has helped it become one of the fastest growing counties in New York State. Yet, Jefferson County maintains a quality of life and business climate similar to much of Eastern Ontario. Additional competitive advantages as a business location include:

  • Growing and experienced workforce

  • Shovel ready sites and buildings

  • Low-cost power

  • Abundant water

  • Financial assistance and tax incentives

  • Foreign Trade Zone program

  • Unique opportunities for agriculture-related manufacturing

The Jefferson County Economic Development (JCED) staff are available to act as trusted facilitators providing technical assistance to help expanding businesses navigate the various state and local programs available to support their projects. 

Canadian-owned North American Tapes was founded in Jefferson County in 2003 and is now the second largest producer of hockey tape in the world. Its COMP-O-STICK brand is used by players at all levels, from beginner to the elite professional.

“Jefferson County provides North American Tapes a key location central to both American and Canadian markets,” said Darrin R. Prance, the company president. “The economic development staff here have helped us every step of the way, from the initial start-up to our recent expansion.” The company recently doubled the size of its facility and is now readying for another expansion.

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Jefferson County offers unique opportunities for agriculture related manufacturing and processing. With over 385,000 dairy cattle within a few hours drive of Jefferson County, there is an ample supply of milk and beef. The strategic location provides a quick connection to high value food markets on both sides of the border. As well, the large number of farms also provides ample opportunity for field-testing products designed to serve the dairy industry.

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To explore opportunities, contact:
Marshall Weir (315) 782-5865 or

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