Schumer likened the rebirth of the Rouses Point manufacturing facility to that of the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base. Though the base closed in 1995, it has seen successful redevelopment with private businesses and government agencies through the continued efforts of individuals and organizations.
"Change occurs, but if you're smart, as people in the North Country have been, you go with the change and sometimes it ends up being even better," said Schumer. "That's what happened in Plattsburgh and, God willing, will happen in Rouses Point."
"This senator knows, I think better than many of his colleagues, that the best going forward isn't just government action, it's continuing to work with the private sector. That's where property really needs to be stimulated," said chamber of commerce president Garry F. Douglas. "That's where job growth and prosperity will return."
Rouses Point Village Mayor George A. Rivers said he's optimistic of what the new business will mean for the village.
"I think it's going to mean a long-standing relationship that will help keep our tax rate down," he said. "The restaurants will do fine, stores will do fine. Everybody benefits, including the village."