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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.

— New York State Assemblyman Bill Magee, a long-time champion of agricultural causes, was also on hand for the check signing.

“This is a great thing that Cazenovia Equipment is doing, contributing to an organization that is so important to the state,” he said. “Agriculture is New York’s number-one industry, and the state has done a lot in that area by appropriating funds for the preservation of farmlands, so hopefully it will remain that way.”

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Owners of Cazenovia Equipment Company, Jim and Mike Frazee, broke ground at the future site of their headquarter location, on Route 20 just west of the Trush Business Park, Oct. 14. Jim said he hopes to have the foundation laid before snowfall, so they can hold a grand-opening event in early spring of 2012.

On Oct. 14, the Frazees broke ground on the new site of Cazenovia Equipment Company’s headquarter location, which is located on Route 20, just west of the Trush Business Park. The 70-acre parcel will boast a 26,000-square-foot steel building, equipped with a repair facility, warehouse space, offices and the company’s main showroom.

“As long as the weather cooperates we’ll be able to complete laying the foundation this fall. Since the structure will be built from steel, we can continue to erect it during the winter season,” Jim Frazee said. “We’re hoping for an early spring completion, when we plan on holding a grand opening.”

The company, which celebrated 50 years of business just hours before losing its landmark location to a late-night fire, has grown to 10 locations in Central New York. Recently, additions were built on its Clinton and Oneonta stores, and construction on an addition to its Cortland location is scheduled to begin in 2012.

To learn more about NYALT’s statewide efforts, visit their website, nyalt.org. More information on Cazenovia Equipment’s history and numerous locations can be found at online at cazenoviaequipment.com or by calling 655-8620.

Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at 434-8889 ext. 338 or editor@cazenovairepublican.com.

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