Picente: Microenterprise Grant to assist CNY Pipeworx, LLC to begin operations in Stittville

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, Jr. announced today that Central New York (CNY) Pipeworx, LLC, has received an Oneida County Microenterprise Grant in the amount of $15,000 to assist with its expansion into geothermal technology sales & service. The Oneida County Microenterprise Grant program, administered by Mohawk Valley EDGE, utilizes Community Development Block Grant (CDGB) funding through the NYS Office of Community Renewal.

The grant will assist CNY Pipeworx’s expansion of its existing conventional HVAC business to offer geothermal heating systems for commercial and residential applications.   Geothermal heat pumps tap the stable temperature of the Earth to heat or cool a structure; a closed-loop water circulation system is used as the heat transfer medium. CNY Pipeworx will incorporate this alternative & renewable energy saving technology into new and existing building applications, especially where energy must be efficiently recovered and reused simultaneously and where heating and cooling needs are similar.
 
CNY Pipeworx has hired a new employee to sell and install geothermal systems in addition to its owner, David Dousharm, and is Central New York’s first HVAC firm to incorporate this type of technology into its product line. Along with being environmentally friendly, geothermal heat pump systems are simple in design, require little maintenance and have a long life expectancy.
 
“We are pleased to assist CNY Pipeworx with their new business enterprise,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente, Jr. “This business can provide Oneida County residents and businesses with an alternative to using high priced fossil fuels to heat and cool their structures.”
 
“Central New York Pipeworx is a fine example of how a business can adopt and embrace new technology to expand its business niche and market,” said Steve DiMeo, president of Mohawk Valley EDGE. “Not only will the adoption of this type of alternative energy technology be environmentally friendly, but should also prove cost effective for the owner.”
 
Due to CDBG program requirements, only startup and existing microenterprises that are outside of the cities of Utica and Rome are eligible for funding. A microenterprise is defined as a business with five or fewer employees, including the owner.