April 20, 2013

Explosives-transport firm eyes PARC location

PLATTSBURGH — A Pennsylvania-based company seeks to operate an explosives-storage facility on the west side of the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base.

Paramount Enterprises International received sketch-plan approval from the Town of Plattsburgh Planning Board Tuesday night. It wants to use the former warehouse on the property for unloading and storage of explosives

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The materials would then be stored in up to 13 of the 15 weapons storage bunkers on-site

Joe Walsh of Paramount Enterprises said the company, founded in 1989, is a certified explosives carrier

“We are at the top of the line in the industry,” he said.

According to the company website, Paramount operates an explosives-dedicated ocean freighter from Northern Europe to North America every six to eight weeks. That vessel can carry up to 1,000 metric tons of Class 1 explosives.


The Plattsburgh location was chosen mainly due to its proximity to Interstate 87 and the Port of Montreal Containers would be shipped by truck from Montreal to Plattsburgh.

Most of the material to be stored is expected to be TNT, Walsh said, but the company is licensed to transport other explosives and ammunition, as well.

The company uses new shipping containers for each shipment, he said, and sells the used containers for re-use

The company would provide Material Safety Data Sheets to Clinton County Emergency Services, Walsh said, and a computerized inventory would be available.


One of Paramount’s largest customers is Michigan-based TRW Automotive, which uses explosives in the manufacture of airbags. That company is in the process of doubling production, Walsh said, and needs a site for storage for just-in-time delivery of product.

Paramount presently does that work at a facility in East Camden, Ark. Plattsburgh would greatly reduce the distance explosive materials would need to be shipped before they reach the customer.

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