Strategically located in northern New York State, Massena sits on the banks of the mighty St. Lawrence River and the International Seaway shipping channel, with access to the ports of the Great Lakes. Because we are located less than 10 miles from the Canadian border, we are ideally situated for cross border trading. Massena is also the gateway to the majestic Adirondack Mountain playground and the Lake Placid Olympic Region. In less than 90 minutes, you can drive from Massena to Montreal or Ottawa in Canada.
Massena has long been the industrial center in the northern New York region and its largest manufacturing employer for over 100 years. Until recently, it was home to General Motors-Central Foundry, which closed in 2009, a victim of the sagging automobile market. However, Reynolds Metals, another longtime Massena employer, merged with Alcoa-Massena Operations in 2000. Alcoa, the world's largest aluminum producer, has been here since 1902 and is currently in the engineering phase of a state-of- the-art $600 million modernization to its local facilities.
In addition to the large scale industrial presence in Massena, we are also host to several small- to medium-sized manufacturing operations, including those located at the Massena Industrial Park.
The Massena Industrial Park is a 55 acre fully-serviced subdivision zoned for light, medium and heavy industrial use. The park, owned by the Business Development Corporation for a Greater Massena, is located on the south side of the village and is bounded on the east side by South Main Street (NYS Rt. 420). Park infrastructure includes 8- and 10-inch water mains, 8-inch sewer mains, and a full-loop road accessing all lots. Natural gas services both residential and commercial users in the Massena area.
The Massena Terminal Railroad (MSTR) is a terminal switching railroad that was incorporated in 1900 and located adjacent to the Massena Industrial Park. Operated by Genesee & Wyoming Inc, it interchanges with the CSXT. Main commodities shipped by customers on the MSTR include alumina, petroleum coke, electrode binder pitch, aluminum ingot and rolled paper.
Services provided to customers at the Massena Terminal Railroad include intraplant switching, track maintenance, car weighing, loading and repair along with traffic coordination. The Massena Terminal Railroad maintains a certified AAR car repair shop.
The Massena Terminal Railroad location features warehouse space (some of which is heated) which is ideally suited for staging product into and out of Canada. There is also 140 acres of land available for industrial development within a three mile radius of the Massena airport.
Curran Renewable Energy, located in the Massena Industrial Park is a great example of the businesses who have had success here.