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CIVES Steel Company

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St. Lawrence County IDA

Cives Steel Company is a leading steel fabricator in the United States, with seven plants throughout the country. The
Gouverneur facility (the company’s “Northern Division”) has been in operation since the 1950s. The operation consists
of a 60,000-sf production facility that fabricates structural steel for building projects in New York, Pennsylvania,
Vermont, Connecticut, New Jersey and Massachusetts.
The project includes the acquisition and installation of heavy-duty conveyors and lift systems to more efficiently move
raw materials and finished product throughout the facility. The new equipment will increase the plant’s productivity,
supporting the Company’s efforts to remain competitive in a very challenging market.
The project involves the conveyance of tax-exempt status to Cives relative to the purchase of the goods and services
needed for the conveyor/lift and carry 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’ New York 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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