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Empire State Development Announces Advanced Biological Marketing to Expand in Geneva

Agribusiness R&D company “graduates” from the Cornell University Agriculture and Food Technology Center and will expand its R&D and production into Geneva building
(September 27, 2013)

Empire State Development Announces Advanced Biological Marketing to Expand in Geneva

Empire State Development (ESD) and Advanced Biological Marketing (ABM) today announced that the company, which makes biological enhancements for agricultural products, broke ground on its new R&D facility on Gambee Road in Geneva. ABM develops a wide array of scientific products that are aimed at increasing output, preventing diseases/blights, and strengthening the resistance of plants. The $875,000 project will retain three jobs and create 14 high paying jobs. The company will receive $200,000 in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits from the state in return for ABM’s investment and job creation commitments.

“Governor Cuomo has made agribusiness a top priority and Advanced Biological Marketing’s dedication to increasing the output and profitability of farm land is a great example of the type of projects that are helping the Upstate economy,” said ESD President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams. “I am pleased that this growing company chose Geneva to expand its business and is harnessing innovation as a way to escalate output and strengthen the resistance of plants at farms both in New York State and across the country.”

“This facility will be a substantial expansion of the product development and R&D capabilities that ABM has already in place,” said ABM Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Gary Harman. “Research to develop its current product lines was conducted through collaboration with Cornell University and many of its patents are licensed from the University. The new laboratory will include state of the art capabilities in genomics and metabolomics, the studies that define the benefits that beneficial microbial agents have on plants. By understanding these we will be able to develop products that decrease disease, reduce losses due to stresses such as drought, improve fertilizer use efficiency and increase yields and profits in the US and the rest of the developed world. The technologies also will provide advantages to smallholders around the world. The project size is being scaled upwards and will exceed $1 million in facilities upgrades and equipment alone.”

The R&D facility, headquartered in Ohio and headed by CEO Daniel Curtis, will occupy the office portions of the former International Paper Building and the company has commenced construction of new greenhouse space for the operation. ABM has been associated with Geneva since its inception in 2000. Most of its technologies have been developed by Dr. Gary Harman while he was a Professor at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. ABM has funded and benefited from his research since its start, including collaborations leveraging Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) funding. Since about 2009, the company has also occupied laboratory facilities at the Cornell University Agriculture and Food Technology Center. In November 2012, Dr. Harman retired from Cornell after more than 40 years of service and, two weeks later, began his encore career as ABM’s Chief Science Officer. He will direct the Geneva laboratory, which is expected to be a state-of-the-art biological R&D facility. The laboratory will be devoted to the development of organic solutions to feeding a hungry world, including organic and nontoxic pest control products.

“We are proud to see this technology-driven agribusiness company take the next step,” said Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chairs, University at Rochester President Joel Seligman and Wegmans Food Markets CEO Danny Wegman. “Support for the innovations at the Tech Farm incubator is integral to the future of the agriculture and food processing industries and Advanced Biological Marketing’s graduation into larger facilities is exactly the way academic-private partnerships are supposed to work.”

Ontario County Office of Economic Development and Ontario County IDA Executive Director Michael Manikowski said, “On behalf of Ontario County, we are very pleased that ABM, with help from ESD, has chosen to remain and expand in Geneva. ABM fits very well with the Finger Lake’s Regional Council’s vision for agriculture and has earned their endorsement. We look forward to working with ABM and ESD on furthering their research and development and the economic impacts that will come with it.”

Geneva Town Supervisor Mary Luckern said, “On behalf of the Town I want to extend my good wishes to Dr. Gary Harman for success in his new project, Advanced Biological Marketing (ABM). We appreciate ABM being located in the former International Paper Office on Gambee Road in the Town of Geneva. It is important to note that ABM will support agribusiness which is critical to our upstate economy. Dr. Harman, long time Cornell Professor, has always been an important part of our community. Now, through his endeavors, he is helping the community and agricultural at the same time.”

About Advanced Biological Marketing
Founded by farmers, agronomists, and agricultural consultants, Advanced Biological Marketing (ABM™) is dedicated to pushing the limits of technologies available to the farmer. It is focused on the farmer, both domestically and internationally, and dedicated to increasing the output and profitability of the land. Everything it does is in the best interest of the farmer. It understands that farmers not only provide food that feed the world, but their own families as well. As farmlands are passed from generation to generation, ABM™ is committed to offering sustainable solutions to the grower.

It’s a challenge is to keep seed viable once the farmer plants it in the ground. ABM’s beneficial microbial technologies enhance resistance to stress and decrease environmental pollution by making more efficient use of fertilizers. Products developed and sold by ABM already are being widely used in agronomic row crops, such as corn, wheat, soybeans, peanuts, cotton, and internationally, rice. Their product line increase yields and provides strong returns on investment to farmers, so sales are increasing rapidly. Products are currently sold primarily in the Corn Belt and Southeast, and their use is growing rapidly and marketing is being increased all across the nation. Products also are sold in about a dozen countries internationally. To improve the products, and introduce new ones, ABM has partnered with the world’s foremost experts in molecular genetics, secured patents, and continues to research and develop the world’s most advanced solutions in enhancing plant growth and productivity.

ABM™ provides solutions for commercial agriculture. Emphasis on land productivity has progressed efforts to include crop production, institutional sanitation and environmental waste management solutions. ABM™ promotes education, innovative research and strong marketing expertise in these emerging markets across the globe. For more information, visit http://www.abm1st.com/.

About Empire State Development
Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency (www.esd.ny.gov). The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I Love NY,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, visit www.nyworks.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.

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