PLATTSBURGH — A PARC company is hoping to get the federal government to include the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base in an incentive-laden program for businesses that do work for the federal government.
John Kane, project manager for Composite Factory Inc., said Plattsburgh is pegged to be part of a pilot program to designate former military installations as Historically Underused Business zones.
HUB zones are areas where businesses that largely do government contracting can set up and receive advantages such as discounts on bid prices.
Kane said Texas representatives are pushing to have closed military bases included in the program permanently.
He has enlisted Plattsburgh Mayor Daniel Stewart, who has worked with Texas officials on border-trade initiatives, to help get Plattsburgh named a HUB zone.
"We could use someone with a little more political juice,'' Kane said Wednesday at the mayor's weekly news conference.
Composite Factory is a Native American-operated factory that produces fiber moldings, ceramic brake rotors and other materials for military equipment.
It is on the New Base side of the former Air Base, which is being redeveloped by Plattsburgh Airbase Redevelopment Corp.
Joe LoTemplio is a staff reporter for the Press-Republican.