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January 1, 2013

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That lawsuit stalled developers’ plans to begin construction and closed down ski center operations at Big Tupper for 2012-2013.

The permits remain in place, however, and Tupper Lake is poised to join Saranac Lake and Lake Placid as an economic driver for the Adirondacks.

— By Staff Writer Kim Smith Dedam

BIG BOMBARDIER CONTRACTS

It was a banner year for Bombardier Transportation in the City of Plattsburgh.

In March, the company announced a contract to build 300 railcars for the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s New York Transit valued at $600 million.

In May, Bombardier followed that up with an announcement that it landed a contract to build 410 railcars for California-based Bay Area Rapid Transit valued at $896 million. There are also options for 150, 115 and 100 railcars that could push the total value of the contract to approximately $1.5 billion.

The contracts were crucial in securing work for the 300 employees in Plattsburgh, as well as about 200 workers at companies that supply Bombardier.

In part due to the new contracts, Bombardier announced plans to move forward with a $25 million, 80,000-square-foot expansion of its Plattsburgh manufacturing and assembly facility, as well as an expansion of the test track on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base property.

The company was awarded $2.5 million toward that work as one of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council’s priority projects. The council was a Best Plan designee and received $103 million in the first round of funding in late 2011.

— By Staff Writer Dan Heath

DIRECT AIR DEPARTS

Charter airline Direct Air suspended operations and then filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in March, leaving many stranded who’d flown from Plattsburgh to southern destinations or were heading to Plattsburgh International Airport. The sudden shutdown forced travelers to find alternate transportation, often at fares much increased from what they had paid, or wrecked vacations altogether. In addition, the airline owed Clinton County as much as $180,000.

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