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Caz Equipment rebounds after fire

Owners Jim and Mike Frazee donate to NYALT, break ground on new headquarters

NYALT Executive Director Tom Larson, left, stands aside Vice Chair Nancy Hourigan as they accept a check for $13,811.79 from Mike and Jim Frazee, owners of Cazenovia Equipment Company, on Nov. 9 in Nelson.

NYALT Executive Director Tom Larson, left, stands aside Vice Chair Nancy Hourigan as they accept a check for $13,811.79 from Mike and Jim Frazee, owners of Cazenovia Equipment Company, on Nov. 9 in Nelson. Photo by Pierce Smith.

— Just like the proverbial phoenix, local farm-equipment dealer Cazenovia Equipment Company has risen from the ashes of the fire that claimed its Route 20 headquarters in August. While owners Jim and Mike Frazee continue to oversee the construction of a new headquarters in the town of Cazenovia, they have also been busy spearheading green initiatives and donating to regional non-profit organizations.

At a Nov. 9 press conference in Nelson Farms Country Store, the Frazees presented representatives from the New York Agricultural Land Trust with a check totaling $13,811.79.

“Cazenovia Equipment has always been focused on community involvement, and encourages employees at each of our locations to get involved. This year, we decided to formalize it, pool our resources and channel our support through a single outlet — and we couldn’t think of any greater organization to support than the New York Agricultural Land Trust,” said Jim Frazee. “The goals of that organization are so directly aligned with the goals of Cazenovia Equipment. We need farmers, we need open spaces and we need a vibrant agricultural community for our business to thrive.”

Jim and Mike Frazee procured the donation by taking a percentage of their total sales over the past few months. For every agricultural tractor with 100 horsepower and above that Cazenovia Equipment Company sold, a fraction of the profits were put towards a donation to NYALT.

Entering its fifth year of operation, NYALT is a non-profit organizations focused on helping farmers and agrarian communities by conserving vital forests and farmlands. On hand to accept the contribution was NYALT Executive Director Tom Larson and Vice Chair Nancy Hourigan. Both were extremely pleased with the gesture, and thanked the Frazees for all that they do for farmers around Central New York.

“Farmers are aging and beginning to transition to the next generation. As well as their knowledge and tools, what they want to be able to pass along to their family members is the land,” Larson said. “Businesses like Cazenovia Equipment, who have been around for 50 years, are a blessing to farmers, and today, to the New York Agricultural Land Trust. We are very pleased to accept their donation.”

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