Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — One of the county’s largest employers is poised to continue its expansion in Medina, with the potential for hundreds of existing and new jobs coming to the village in the coming years.
Claims Recovery Financial Services has grown from a kitchen-table operation to a 400-employee enterprise, with two shifts sharing space at the business’ Albion headquarters due to a growth in the depth of services to banks and lending institutions.
CRFS is planning to move their growing business to an approximately 50,000-square-foot office that would be located in a renovated Building 5 of the Olde Pickle Factory complex. More than 300 new employees would be trained and hired in the three-year period following the move.
The $7 million project is dependent on an unspecified amount of Empire State Development job-development grant funding in addition to a village-sponsored application for $750,000 in Office of Community Renewal funds. The OCR funds would be managed by the Orleans County Land Redevelopment Corporation and loaned to CRFS for equipment purchases.
In the short term, CRFS and Roger Hungerford, the owner of the Olde Pickle Factory, have reached an agreement to lease and renovate 15,000 sq. ft. of temporary office space in Building 11 of the Park Avenue business site. That site will house approximately 200 employees beginning in March until the permanent single location for the business is established.
Orleans County Economic Development Agency Vice President of Business Development Gabrielle Barone detailed the project in a public hearing Monday at the Medina Village Board’s workshop meeting. Barone said the project would ensure a business that has grown in Orleans County will be able to stay here long term.
”This will be a major employer in the village, maybe the biggest in the county,” Barone said. “To have someone supplying so many new jobs is absolutely stunning.”