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CIVES Steel Company

At a Glance

Status

concluded

Agency

St. Lawrence County IDA

Cives Steel Company is a leading steel fabricator in the United States. The Gouverneur facility has been in operation
since the 1950s and employs 130 employees. Cives Steel Company Northern Division is a 60,000 sf production facility
that fabricates structural steel buildings in New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey and
Massachusetts. Cives Corporation includes 7 plants throughout the United States.
Cives Steel Company is looking to purchase and install a robotic plasma cutting system at a cost of $800,000. This
state of the art equipment will increase Cives’ ability to produce structural steel more efficiently, supporting the
Company’s efforts to remain competitive in a very challenging market. This is the most expensive piece of equipment
ever installed at the Cives Steel Company North Division facility.
The project involves the conveyance of tax exempt status to Cives relative to the purchase of the goods and services
needed for the robotic plasma cutting system. The company could easily choose to locate this equipment at other
locations. The steel industry is very competitive, with many of Cives’ competitors locating in lower cost locations, like
Pennsylvania or South Carolina. Also, there are many fabricators from Quebec who focus on Cives’ NY and US
markets. The strength of the Canadian dollar provides Canadian fabricators with a significant bidding advantage. The
sales and use tax exemption helps with the financial justification to locate the equipment in the Gouverneur facility.

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