SARANAC LAKE - Village officials are planning a reception in Riverside Park next month to welcome the first of two biotech companies moving here from Lake Placid.
The Aug. 8 ceremony will salute Myriad RBM's start of operations at its new home in the former village office building at 3 Main St.
"We're going to start moving stuff over next week," Dominic Eisinger, Myriad's director of strategic development told the Enterprise Thursday from his company's offices on Wesvalley Road in Lake Placid. "A lot of some of our more perishable stuff in our refrigerators has to go on trucks that are refrigerated and have generators that can run. That's the bulk of it. The rest is just a lot of files, cabinets and lab equipment. It's just a big process, and we'll be shutting down for a week to make the move."
Crews hired by the village have been working to renovate the three-story building which was the village offices until January, when the village moved into the second floor of the Harrietstown Town Hall. The village is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to upgrade the windows, heating and air conditioning systems and elevator in its former offices.
Eisinger said he's visited the site just about every day.
"We've got IT people in from our headquarters helping wire stuff and do the transition," he said. "Things are shaping up pretty well. We're pretty pleased with it all. They're putting the finishing touches on it right now."
Myriad currently has 24 employees. Eisinger said he hopes to add more in the coming years.
"The new site has increased space for us and room to grow," he said. "We're just completely out of space here (in Lake Placid). We've got an extra walk-in cooler, which we desperately need, and there's no way we'd have room for it here.
"It will be really good to be near our colleagues at Active Motif and to be in closer proximity to Trudeau Institute. We'll have a nice facility in a good community where we can go out to lunch, shop and have dinners and things. A lot of our employees live in Saranac Lake. We'll miss Lake Placid. It's been a good community to us, but this is where things are moving."
Active Motif, currently located in the basement of a health spa on Saranac Avenue in Lake Placid, plans to move its laboratory, offices and eight employees to the village of Saranac Lake Water Department building at 17 Main St. by early November. Both companies will lease space from the village.
The village has described the move of the two companies as the beginnings of a biotech cluster in Saranac Lake that links the new firms with Trudeau and Bionique Testing Laboratories, located in the town of Harrietstown's Adirondack Regional Airport Business Park.
The attraction of Myriad RBM and Active Motif garnered the village a statewide economic development award from the New York Conference of Mayors in May. Village officials have said they hope the synergy they're creating will help bring in more biotech companies.
The theme for Myriad RBM's Aug. 8 welcome ceremony is "The Good Old Summer Time," village officials said in a press release. Old-fashioned ice cream and root beer will be served. A string band will perform music. The village will hand out complimentary "boater" flat-top straw hats to its guests.
Local political and business leaders will be on hand to speak during the event, and tours of the facility will be conducted.
"Saranac Lake will show its gratitude and Empire State spirit in a big way as it welcomes Myriad RBM into the community," Mayor Clyde Rabideau said in the release.
The reception kicks off at 5 p.m. Village officials said the cost of the event is underwritten by J. Hogan Refrigeration and Mechanicals. The public is invited to attend and confirm their attendance by contacting the Saranac Lake Community Development Office at 518-891-4150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Chris Knight at 518-891-2600 ext. 24 or email@example.com.