Rome firm seeks funds for expansion, catalyst project


ANDRO Computational Solutions, LLC is seeking state funding for an expansion project.

“We are celebrating our 20th year of operation and we are experiencing a new phase of company growth,” said Andrew Drozd, president and chief scientist.

The firm, headquartered at The Beeches office complex, has submitted a consolidated funding application to the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council in anticipation of undertaking an expansion project company officials hope will be the catalyst for technology sector growth in the region.

“There are a lot of great things happening in the area such as NUAIR drone testing at Griffiss International Airport and nanotechnology at SUNYIT, the executive explained. “Using that momentum, ANDRO wants to promote further growth not only by serving as a successful business model, but also by helping transform The Beeches Professional Campus into a vibrant technology campus that serves the community and builds upon the NUAIR and nanotechnology initiatives under way in our area.”

ANDRO requested about $1 million to expand into a neighboring building to add additional laboratory and office space to accommodate future high-technology work and high-paying jobs. 

This initiative comes less than a year after ANDRO moved from its former location at the complex to a larger building across the street.

The move increased ANDRO’s square footage from 2,600 to approximately 15,000 .

With offices in Syracuse and Dayton, Ohio, ANDRO has about 30 employees in Rome. It provides research, engineering and technical services to defense and commercial industries.

In April, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo launched the fourth round of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, kicking off the 2014 competition for up to $750 million in state resources. Winning entries are expected to be announced late this year.

“We want to create a commercial spin-off of ANDRO that would leverage our defense command and control technologies for civilian applications to assure secure wireless communications,” said Drozd.

As for the technology campus, Drozd said he can see other companies experiencing the same kind of success that ANDRO has seen at The Beeches, which is located just a few miles from Griffiss Business and Technology Park. The location is also convenient to SUNYIT, Syracuse University and other higher education institutions, he says.

Drozd said niche-oriented technology businesses, drone companies and other technology businesses would do well in the location, he said.

After watching ANDRO grow at The Beeches over the past decade, property manager Orrie Destito said he knows other small businesses can find the same success.

“These are the little engines that could,” he said. 


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