GROWTH PLANS — Having established a niche in the temporary life support services, facilities and equipment market, Deployed Resources is expanding its operations base in Griffiss Business and Technology Park. There are about 25 employees in Rome at present with more to be added as facilities are upgraded and rehabilitated and new ones are added. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)

Growing firm begins project Industrial development agency to provide incentives

Published Sep 20, 2017 at 4:10pm

Providing solutions to infrastructure problems is the hallmark of Deployed Resources, headquartered in the old weapons storage area at the former Griffiss Air Force Base.

Thriving in a niche market, the company is in the midst of an expansion mode. The company is buying its Griffiss location — after renting for nearly 17 years— and undertaking renovations of existing structures and making plans for new construction, says Rich Stapleton, managing partner. Engineering is complete and demolition has started on renovations to the new 24,000-square-foot fabrication facility at the campus. Offices and cold storage also are on the drawing board.

Additional jobs, full- and part-time positions, are anticipated. There currently are about 25 employees in Rome.

The veteran-owned company specializes in temporary life support services, facilities and equipment for military, civilian and entertainment users.

Most recently, the company’s attention has been occupied by the destruction inflicted on communities by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Deployed Resources combines the talents from the engineering, construction, military and hospitality businesses.

The need for climate-controlled, engineered shelters, food service, drinking water and sanitary facilities are the basics. Turnkey facilities can also be required.

With an inventory of strategically staged assets around the country, in-house transportation capabilities and proven experience, Deployed Resources has been responding since 2001. Even though each installation or camp may be different, Deployed Resources can tailor its services to whatever infrastructure support is needed.

Customers range from the Department of Defense and Federal Emergency Management Agency to states, Fortune 500 companies and large music festivals. Government-related business has been a mainstay.

The company designs and builds gear in Rome. A major component of this work is the conversion of shipping containers into reusable life support solutions. Deployed Resources works off of a modular and scalable concept; its equipment and systems start small and can grow to accommodate any project and reduce accordingly as needed. The company controls the use of its own equipment

“We’ve been an industry leader in what we do,” Stapleton, a Rome Free Academy graduate, told Oneida County Industrial Development Agency board members last week when he reviewed with them his plans for the Griffiss location. He’s requested IDA incentives to support the project that could could cost upwards of $7 million.

“It works for us,” he said of the company’s base of operations being located out of the public’s eye in a remote area of Griffiss.

IDA members approved a sales tax exemption on construction materials and furnishings, as well as partial property tax abatement for 10 years. The property was not taxable under Air Force ownership or after it was transferred to Griffiss Local Development Corp. following the base closure. That all changes when Deployed Resources takes ownership — new tax dollars are headed to the city, Rome schools and the county.

“We’re looking forward to your success,” said IDA Chairman David C. Grow.