The Orange County Foreign Trade Zone was established in May 1978. It started with two sites that included Regal Distribution Center adjacent to Stewart Airport and the Sage Building on the grounds of Stewart Airport.
In the mid 1980's, two additional sites were made, Bally, Inc. and General Motor's assembly plant in Tarrytown. Both sub-zones are now deactivated.
In October of 2003, Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana re-organized the administration portion of the Orange County Foreign Trade Zone by bringing the administrative responsibilities back in-house. He is committed to increasing business awareness of the Orange County Foreign Trade Zone through intense marketing promotion of the benefits available. One major commitment is to enhance air cargo service at Stewart International Airport.
Presently, the Orange County-Foreign Trade Zone consists of the six following sites:
- Newburgh Foreign-Trade Zone Industrial Incubator facility, adjacent to Port Newburgh, at 302 North Water Street, Newburgh, NY.
- Stewart International Airport/Northeast Business Center, near the intersection of I-87 and I-84, New Windsor/Newburgh, NY.
- IBM Hudson Valley Research Park, 1580 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY.
- AT&T Rockland Export Center, 22 Hemion Road, Suffern, NY.
- Newburgh/New Windsor site (Port Newburgh) off Exit 10, Interstate 84 at the Newburgh/Beacon Bridge, NY. The site includes only that area bounded by the Hudson River, Quassic Creek, South Water Street and South Williams Street.
- Goshen/Westgate FTZ Industrial Park, off Exit 124 of NY Route 17, Village of Goshen.