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New York State delivers

Speed, flexibility and access to markets are key ingredients New York offers to product distributors. With a large, skilled labor pool, a vast network of railways, highways and ports — and the most ambitious infrastructure and development program in state history — the distribution industry finds an efficient and cost-effective home here. New York State also offers a host of other business resources and tax incentives. 


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multiyear investment to upgrade critical transportation infrastructure


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Key facts

New York State is keeping the distribution industry moving with significant infrastructure investments, great tax initiatives, an educated workforce, and less red tape to navigate. Here’s how New York delivers:

  • New York product distribution companies benefit from a strategic location and easy access to East Coast markets. Finding a location for your distribution center is also easy, with a variety of sites preapproved for development and an inventory of available buildings on hand.
  • New York State is home to distribution centers for major companies such as Ace Hardware, Best Buy, Distribution Unlimited, The Gap, Home Depot, Kohl’s, Pep Boys, Rite Aid, Staples, Target, Family Dollar and Wal-Mart, to name a few.
  • The state is investing $22 billion over the next five years to preserve and enhance rail and port services in major trade and passenger travel corridors across New York State. 
  • DICK’s Sporting Goods Inc., a leading national sports retailer, has returned to New York’s Southern Tier, where it was founded, ​in a region that is benefiting from a New York State initiative focused on revitalizing the upstate economy. In 2018, DICK’s opened its 650,000-square-foot Northeast distribution hub in Conklin and announced plans for its first-ever inhouse eCommerce fulfillment center at the site.
  • Tractor Supply Company will create 350 jobs and invest over $75 million to establish a northeast distribution center in the Mohawk Valley. The 930,500 square-foot facility will be open early 2019.
  • Amazon will create 2,250 jobs and invest $100 million to establish an 855,000 square-foot fulfillment center on Staten Island’s West Shore.

New York State supports distributors all the way

New York State’s unparalleled market proximity plus a host of resources and incentives available to distribution centers give businesses a distinct edge over the competition, making New York a premier location for building and locating a distribution center.

New York also offers assistance and training programs to ensure that businesses remain competitive.

The state is heavily investing in infrastructure to attract more global industries, including goods distribution. The Greater Rochester International Airport is undergoing a $63.4 million transformation that will make it a state-of-the-art transportation hub, supporting nearly 10,000 jobs in the Finger Lakes Region. County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo says, “Governor Cuomo is investing in infrastructure improvements like New York has never seen before, from our bridges and roads to upstate airports like the Greater Rochester International Airport.”

Industry Contact

Gio Holmquist
Industry Development Associate; Agribusiness, Distribution Centers, Transportation Equipment, Cyber & Homeland Security
  • Distribution
(518) 292-5200