COMPANY PROFILE: IBM

Why one of America’s top tech companies has called Dutchess County home for nearly 75 years

A corporate name synonymous with innovation and reinvention, IBM has a historic legacy in Dutchess County, N.Y. Over the last several decades, IBM operations in the county have generated large numbers of jobs and produced some of “Big Blue’s” most iconic technologies, including all of IBM’s mainframes and IBM Deep Blue, which famously became the first computer to beat a world chess master.

IBM Aerial in Poughkeepsie
Aerial view of IBM’s Dutchess County operations

IBM’s presence in Dutchess County began in 1941 when the company purchased a second campus in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. In 1962, after IBM grew to more than 100,000 employees nationwide, the company expanded to more than 400 acres in East Fishkill, N.Y. Here, IBM introduced its first mainframe computer, the System/360, a server that revolutionized business due to its use of semiconductor technology and established IBM as a leader in the computing industry.

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Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro and Maria Boonie, IBM Vice President, z Systems Software Development

Today, Dutchess County continues to serve as one of IBM’s top U.S. manufacturing locations, churning out mainframe technology for the 21st century, known as z Systems. In 2017, the Fortune 500 company unveiled its latest edition, IBM z14, which is capable of computing 12 billion cybersecure exchanges daily and supports 87 percent of credit card transactions around the globe, totaling almost $8 trillion payments annually.

Currently, IBM’s Dutchess County workforce is made up of more than 50 percent engineers, with many coming from nearby schools like Marist College. The company’s Dutchess County employees have also secured more than 6,000 patents over the course of IBM’s history.    While its focus has long been on providing the best technology, IBM has also made strides in design. In 2017, IBM Poughkeepsie was awarded the title of IBM’s 37th official “Design Studio,” making it part of a global network of offices that champion IBM Design Thinking.

IBM softwear engineer in Poughkeepsie
IBM softwear engineer in Poughkeepsie

Like all things, as the times have changed, so has IBM. Although the company downsized in the 1990’s from its massive 1960-era operations, previously-owned IBM property still plays a major role in Dutchess County. Today, much of IBM’s original East Fishkill campus is owned by GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a California-based semiconductor manufacturing company, which employs 2,500 people on 160 acres of active manufacturing space.

In 2017, thanks to the help of Think Dutchess, Connecticut real estate group National Resources announced further plans to redevelop 300 acres of the campus into a mixed-use office, retail, hotel and residential development, known as iPark City. Also located at the former campus, Dutchess County’s new $25 million Sports Kingdome will soon be the world’s largest air-supported sports dome, estimated to attract 500,000 visitors annually.

 

To learn more about IBM’s longstanding presence in Dutchess County, download the inaugural issue of Think Dutchess Magazine.

 

For more information on expanding or relocating your business to Dutchess County, please contact Don Minichino, Director of Business Attraction, at 845.463.5404 or don@thinkdutchess.com.

 

Success Stories: More Good

COMPANY PROFILE: MORE GOOD

People. Planet. Profit.

That’s More Good’s triple bottom line.

Founded in 2012, Jason Schuler identified an opportunity to impact the three things that defined his personal ethos of success. From behind the bar, Schuler took his knowledge of the beverage industry and passion for spices to create More Good. Beginning first with a line of handcrafted mixers and syrups to create healthier cocktails, demand for the syrups forced the company to quickly outgrow their 200 square foot facility. This rapid expansion led More Good to its current 2,000 square foot retail location which includes loose teas, bitters, spices and other bar accouterments in Beacon, NY. The location also serves as More Good’s manufacturing facility.

More Good’s location also operates a commissary kitchen and acts as a co-packing facility to support local food and beverage entrepreneurs. This multi-function facility is once again bursting at the seams and will be moving to a larger location in Dutchess County in the coming year.

Working closely with Dutchess County farms, artisans, and the community  Schuler’s philanthropy is not just regional. More Good’s commitment to social responsibility leverages local success to create global impact. Through strategic partnerships, More Good has raised more than $25,000 to fund water wells in Ghana, Haiti and other developing countries.

                             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

     

Recently honored as our Business of the Year at the 2017 Business Excellence Awards, we are happy to have Jason be such an example of the way a business can thrive in Dutchess.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Success Stories: Crown Maple

COMPANY PROFILE: CROWN MAPLE

From bark to bottle, Crown Maple exemplifies the spirit of Dutchess County agri-business

When Robb Turner and his wife, Lydia, began their search for the ideal family vacation home in 2007, they couldn’t have imagined a sweeter deal. After hunting for a getaway in Dutchess County, they landed on a picturesque 800-acre property in Dover Plains, lush with aged maple trees. Soon, neighbors began to tease them about tapping the land’s abundance of red and sugar maple trees for their golden insides.

The idea stuck. A former West Point engineer, Harvard Business School graduate and successful financier, Robb poured his efforts into developing what is today known as Crown Maple syrup. He tapped into the expertise of experts from Cornell University’s Uihlein Sugar Maple Research and Extension Field Station to formulate a production process that would be sustainable, consistent, and create the purest, 100% organic syrup available.

Madava Farms, named for the Turner’s daughters Maddie and Ava, began its Crown Maple operations in 2010. Today, the company employs more than 30 people and produces syrup from 400,000 taps―the highest production rate in North America. Their estate also boasts one of the industry’s nicest sugarhouses, with more than 27,000 square feet of gleaming stainless steel production machines, each optimized for sustainable production.


Crown Maple products have received accolades from The Wall Street Journal and have even held a spot on the White House dinner table. New York chefs at gourmet restaurants like Le Bernardin, Eleven Madison Park and Lincoln Ristorante prefer Crown Maple throughout their food and cocktail menus, while the company’s products also grace the shelves of stores like West Elm, Dean & DeLuca, Trader Joe’s, Costco, Whole Foods and more.

Looking ahead, the Turners are dedicated to further growing their business in Dutchess County. Through a recent county grant, Madava Farms expanded as an agri-tourism destination by adding a café to the property. They’ve also partnered with Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County to provide youth development programs and lead presentations on agricultural real estate development opportunities in the region.

For more information on expanding or relocating your business to Dutchess County, please contact Don Minichino, Director of Business Attraction, at 845.463.5404 or don@thinkdutchess.com.

The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory

The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory

Hudson River Housing has been a cornerstone of community building since 2008. Starting with the Middle Main Initiative, this nonprofit sought to improve the lives of City of Poughkeepsie residents and the community as a whole. In providing economical housing, arts, education and training programs, Hudson River Housing increasing economic impact to revive and celebrate the city of Poughkeepsie.

In 2012, the opportunity to create a tangible expression of hope came in the form of the National Historic Site, The Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory. Leveraging existing community relationships and resources, Hudson River Housing redeveloped The Underwear Factory into a mixed-use facility for housing, retail and community programs. Today the building is quickly becoming a community hub which provides education, entertainment, jobs and training programs that are enriching the neighborhood while strengthening the local economy.

Currently home to 15 low-cost housing units and 3 floors of community space occupied by Mid-Hudson Heritage, Mill Street Loft, Spark Media Project and the Poughkeepsie Open Kitchen. The city’s first community commercial kitchen stewards two local start-ups- North River Roasters and Earth, Wind and Fuego. Additionally, more than a dozen food entrepreneurs are now closer to launching start-ups of their own thanks to the ability of the organization to connect all of its arms to create opportunity at the local level.

Our Non-Profit of the Year award winner at the 2017 Business Excellence Awards has helped spark the energy bubbling over in this city on the go.  Attracting business, talent, entrepreneurs and building community spirit, Hudson River Housing and The Underwear Factory continues to propel the development in our region.

 

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