By Fred Stabbert III
Town of Delaware Supervisor Ed Sykes sat back in his seat last Wednesday night, looking his...
A fter a multi-year search for a site suitable for a pilot plant that will be manufacturing critical components for commercial aircraft engines, Metalized Carbon Corporation of Ossining, NY, has selected a site at the Glen Wild Industrial Park in the Town of Fallsburg for its Aerospace Materials Division.
The firm looked at sites throughout the Hudson Valley, Capital District, Pennsylvania and Virginia before deciding in Sullivan County. Current construction plans are for a 15,000 sq. ft facility that will initially employ 10 people when full production is achieved in 2017.
The property is approved for a total of 65,000 square feet to accommodate anticipated future expansion. At full build out, the facility may employ as many as 100 people at this location.
The facility will house all new, state of the art, processing equipment designed to produce the highest quality self-lubricating materials for the aerospace, petro chemical, desalinization, power generation and food processing industries among others.
When asked why the Company chose Sullivan County Matt Brennan, President and CEO of Metalized Carbon replied, “The people and institutions in Sullivan County have been a great help in making it easy to decide to build here. The Sullivan County Partnership, led by its President Marc Baez, has been by our side every step of the way, helping to work through the issues involving State, County, and local officials and agencies. The Sullivan IDA, headed by Steve White, and supported by their council Walter Garigliano has provided very attractive incentives so the company can build here and provide good manufacturing jobs for our growing company and the community. Reasonable energy costs and close proximity to our headquarters in Ossining, New York sealed the deal for us.” “Metcar’s aircraft and aerospace business is growing by leaps and bounds. The Company must be ready for the increase in business by building a company that is strong, capable and modern. The new facility will have state of the art equipment that will be more efficient, use less energy and give us the control over our processes that our high tech customers demand,” added Brennan.
“This project once again underscores the importance of having sites pre-approved and ready for the market place,” said Marc Baez President and CEO of the Partnership for Economic Development. “Working with our critical Partners, the Sullivan County IDA, Empire State Development Corporation and municipalities that truly understand the demands of the market place, I believe Sullivan County can be very competitive for specialty manufacturing well into the future. ” he added. Of course much of that depends on “product” as Baez states, meaning available sites ready for development. One of the areas of focus for the Partnership is to attract and/or help expand light industrial firms with long term upside and better than average wages to diversify the economy as a hedge against outside forces that can negatively influence other industry sectors here.
A great deal of credit goes to the Resnick Group which had the foresight to invest in preparing the site nearly a decade ago in anticipation for this very type of end user. The Town of Fallsburg under Supervisor Steve Vegliante too worked to expedite the site plan to meet Metcar’s needs, which allowed the company to work on challenging power issues, as well as key design elements of their new facility. “Having been involved with the Glenwild Industrial Park since its inception nearly 10 years ago as a Town Councilman, I am happy so see its vision being realized today. I appreciate the work the Partnership, IDA and Town have done to secure this investment and the much needed job potential it brings,” said Joe Perrello, Sullivan County Legislator representing District 7.” We welcome Metcar to Sullivan County and are excited about the jobs, investment and future potential of this industry here,” said Ira Steingart, Chairman of the Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency.