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Southern Tier Region, Expansions and Contractions

Disclaimer: The information in this file was extracted from statewide newspaper clippings by Labor Department staff. The New York State Department of Labor is not responsible for the accuracy of these statistics unless they are direct quotes from the Department of Labor.

Expansions, Openings and Recalls

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Air-Flo Manufacturing Co., a truck-industry equipment manufacturer, will expand its operations in Elmira Heights (Chemung County). As a result, the company will create 40 new jobs and retain 200 positions. The total project cost is $3 million. Air-Flo expects to complete the expansion this fall. ESD is supporting Air-Flo’s growth with up to $900,000 in incentives. Chemung County is also offering an unspecified amount of incentives. Business Services has already reached out to the company. (Article Date: April 9, 2018)

A groundbreaking was recently held in Watkins Glen (Schuyler County) for a $7.2 million roadwork project aimed at revitalizing the village and surrounding areas. The project is part of Southern Tier Soaring, a regional development plan focused on long-term economic growth and community development. The project includes the paving of 15.8 miles of Rt. 14 from Watkins Glen to the Town of Reading. Improved sidewalks, designed to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act, will be constructed throughout Watkins Glen and new traffic signals with pedestrian accessible push buttons will be installed. Business Services hopes to reach out to contracted construction firms to assist them in their workforce needs. (Article Date: April 6, 2018)

The fifth round of funding for the Restore New York Communities Initiative will fund millions of dollars in work in the Southern Tier. Awards range from $1 million in the Ithaca (Tompkins County) and Sherburne (Chenango County) communities to $60,000 in Binghamton (Broome County). The program provides municipalities with financial assistance for revitalization of commercial and residential properties. It encourages community development and neighborhood growth through the elimination and redevelopment of blighted structures. Business Services plans to monitor the projects in order to reach out to contracted construction firms to offer workforce related assistance. (Article Date: March 30, 2018)

Wayfair, an e-commerce business that specializes in home furnishings and decor, plans to open a new call center in Big Flats (Chemung County). The center is expected to create 450 jobs. Wayfair is looking to fill customer service and sales positions that include full benefits. The average salary at the new call center will be about $40,000 resulting in a total direct payroll of just under $20 million. The deal that brought Wayfair to Chemung County includes currently unspecified state and local incentives. Business Services has already been in contact with the company and is assisting them with their hiring needs. (Article Date: March 22, 2018)

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Guthrie Corning Hospital plans to soon open a 60,000-square-foot expansion in East Corning (Steuben County). The addition will expand on the new 235,000-square-foot, $43 million facility opened in June 2014. The new project stems from the recognition that there is still a lot of untapped potential to provide more medical services to the area. (Article Date: February 13, 2018)

Lockheed Martin has a total of 200 technical positions available at its Syracuse (Onondaga County) and Owego (Tioga County) sites. The openings are due to a combination of employee retirements and programs transitioning from development to production. Positions are available in systems engineering, electrical engineering, hardware engineering, software engineering, integration and testing, and manufacturing operations. (Article Date: January 11, 2018)

A vacant 253,000-square-foot industrial building in Johnson City (Broome County) has been targeted to be transformed into a $50 million senior housing facility with mixed commercial and residential space. There will be 228 affordable senior apartments on four floors, with commercial space on the first floor. The commercial spaces are expected to add between 10-20 new jobs. The construction jobs related to the restoration of the building are expected to be much greater in number. (Article Date: January 11, 2018)

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Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare is currently seeking 50 workers for a new opioid treatment center in Binghamton (Broome County). The health group is seeking doctors, a service director, clinical director, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, counselor, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, receptionist, property maintenance worker and other positions. (Article Date: January 8, 2018)

A team at Cornell University received a $1 million reward in Tulane University’s Nitrogen Reduction Challenge, an international competition to find solutions to reduce harmful nitrogen runoff from farms to waterways. The award will be applied to further R&D of a cloud-based nitrogen impact simulation tool, as well as to reward the researchers, product developers and investors in the product. The cloud-based technology utilizes maps and data on weather, management practices and geography to conduct simulations and to recommend how much nitrogen be applied to crops. (Article Date: December 27, 2017)

The Southern Tier Region received $62.7 million in New York State incentive funding after the latest round of REDC awards. A total of 83 projects in the region were funded, ranging in size from $2 million for the Town of Southport (Steuben County) to extend its sewer system to 381 residential and commercial properties, to $12,000 for the Town of Big Flats (Chemung County) to pay for a professional economic development plan. (Article Date: December 13, 2017)

Corning Inc. is planning a $95.5 million investment that will result in a total of 185 new jobs at facilities in Big Flats (Chemung County) and Corning (Steuben County). They plan to manufacture a new product known as Valor Glass. The state will provide more than $7 million to help Corning retool its Big Flats plant to manufacture the glass — which is used for packaging in the pharmaceutical industry. Corning Inc. currently employs about 5,600 people in the Southern Tier. Most of the new jobs are likely to be related to assembly and inspection of the manufactured product.(Article Date: November 29, 2017)

Cayuga Ridge, a skilled nursing facility in Ithaca (Tompkins County), is planning for a $21 million expansion. The renovations are scheduled to start January 2018 and end March 2019. Most of the new employees who will be hired will be nurses. Business Services plans to reach out to the company to assist them in their hiring needs. (Article Date: November 29, 2017)

The Cornell High Energy Synchotron Source (CHESS) program will receive $15 million in state funding over three years. CHESS provides world-class x-ray facilities to researchers from around the world. The university will use the funding to invest in capital improvements allowing for the creation of 50 to 100 high-paying technology jobs, mostly for engineers and technicians, and the retention of another 150 jobs. In addition to the $15 million grant, the National Science Foundation is providing $66 million to continue operating during the upgrade. Business Services has a good working relationship with Cornell. (Article Date: November 15, 2017)

Plans for up to 40 wind turbines spread across 38,000 acres of rural parcels in eastern Broome County are moving forward. The project, sponsored by Calpine, is expected to generate 124 megawatts, enough power to support 20,000 homes. Property owners in Windsor and Sanford are being courted by the Houston-based energy company to enter into land leases to build and operate the turbines. As a part of the project, Calpine expects to build up to a four-mile electric transmission line to bring the wind generated electricity into a 115-kilovolt line in Sanford to connect to the statewide grid. (Article Date: November 3, 2017)

Unison Industries, a subsidiary of GE Aerospace, plans to invest $28 million in its Norwich (Chenango County) plant and add 70 jobs. The company will invest $10 million in facility and equipment upgrades and $18 million in research and development operations. Unison will receive a performance-based grant of $4.2 million from the state to assist with the project. The facility manufactures power generation and control systems for gas turbine engines, metal encased ignition leads, sensors, pressure and limit switches, bellows, space ignition systems, and components for use by other Unison locations. Product engineering, new product development and testing is performed on site. The investment will help retain 362 existing jobs as well. (Article Date: October 17, 2017)

Imperium3 New York, Inc., a consortium of local businesses that will be spearheaded by three companies -- CV4 (Binghamton), C&D Assembly (Groton) and Primet Precision Materials (Ithaca) -- will establish research, development and production operations at the Huron Campus in Endicott (Broome County). They will invest more than $130 million and create at least 230 new jobs over the next five years. Most of the new positions are expected to be production-related occupations. Imperium3 New York plans to make more efficient and less expensive lithium-ion batteries. To encourage this collaborative effort, ESD has offered performance-based incentives totaling $7.5 million. (Article Date: October 4, 2017)

Ithaca-based (Tompkins County) GrammaTech Inc., a software assurance and cybersecurity firm, won a three-year, $9 million contract from the U.S. Navy. The company’s work is expected to create better efficiencies within current Navy software systems. The company has not indicated any additional workforce needs due to the contract. (Article Date: October 4, 2017)

Construction has commenced on a $15 million project to revitalize a block of Elmira's south side (Chemung County). The Chemung Crossing project will consist of 45 affordable housing units and 4,200 square feet of commercial space. The company will employ a full-time property manager and maintenance staff member. (Article Date: September 19, 2017)

Ithaca-based (Tompkins County) Jan Biotech, Inc. received a $3 million grant co-funded through the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease and the National Institute of Mental Health. The business received the grant for its work in HIV research. Jan Biotech is a privately-held company focused on supporting the cure of infectious diseases and cancers. The company will use to hire five to 10 employees within the next year (Article Date: September 7, 2017)

Binghamton University (Broome County) recently released its updated economic impact estimates, based on calculations from the SUNY’s Office of Institutional Research & Assessment. The total estimated economic impact statewide expanded to $1.5 billion, per the research, most of which ($1.13 billion) was focused in Broome and Tioga counties. (Article Date: August 20, 2017)

The research also found:

  • Every dollar invested in Binghamton University is returned nine-fold to the state;
  • Binghamton University directly and indirectly supported 12,700 statewide jobs in 2015-16;
  • Students in the region spent $165 million during the last academic year.

A former factory in Binghamton (Broome County) will soon be home to 97 housing units and business space, turning the now vacant building into an industrial loft apartment complex. Syracuse-based real estate firm Paulus Development will purchase the building from the county for $350,000, and spend an estimated $20 million to rehabilitate it. Businesses will occupy two floors of the four-floor building. The company plans to finance the project through state and federal tax credits awarded to historic rehabilitation projects. It also has an application pending with the Southern Tier REDC for $4 million. (Article Date: August 7, 2017)

The state announced the creation of the $20 million Greater Binghamton Fund to spend on economic development projects in three Broome County communities: Binghamton, Johnson City and Endicott. The projects are outlined in the “Southern Tier Soaring” Upstate Revitalization Initiative plan, which captured a $500 million prize in a 2015 economic development contest. The fund will spend money on projects including mixed-use and mixed-income developments, private retail and commercial development, and smart-growth technologies. (Article Date: August 2, 2017)

Update: Dick’s Sporting Goods plans to expand its yet-to-open distribution center in Conklin (Broome County) by more than one-third, even before workers finish the new structure. The center, initially planned for 670,000 square-feet, will grow to 923,000 square-feet under a proposal approved by the county-run economic development agency. Originally projected at 466, the new head count for the company’s fifth distribution center will be about 525, with positions ranging from shipping clerks and packers to managers. (Article Date: July 19, 2017)

New York State will invest up to $10 million in funding to jump start the hemp industry. Five million dollars will be invested in research and production and another $5 million will be spent on processing and commercialization. Cornell University in Ithaca (Tompkins County) has been a leader in hemp research since the state launched an industrial hemp pilot program in 2015. They currently hold a federal license to import hemp seeds and are anticipated to benefit from the added state incentives. (Article Date: July 12, 2017)

A dozen properties in the City of Binghamton’s First Ward (Broome County) have been targeted for renovation to make way for 40 affordable housing units as part of a $11 million project. Funding sources for the project include: $5.3 million in private financing, New York Homes and Community Renewal is providing $4.2 million in low-income housing tax credits and other community investment funds, the City of Binghamton has committed $100,000 in HOME Investment Funds and the Broome County Land Bank has committed $170,000 in rehabilitation funds. Construction is expected to begin in late fall 2017. (Article Date: May 18, 2017)

Steuben County-based Corning Inc. recently announced an optical fiber deal with Verizon. In 2018, 2019 and 2020, Verizon will buy at least $1.05 billion in Corning fiber. Verizon will use the Corning product to improve its 4G service and to step up deployment of 5G, the next step in broadband wireless service.  (Article Date: May 24, 2017)

Update: Cornell University in Ithaca (Tompkins County) has broken ground on the new 872-bed Maplewood complex that will offer graduate and professional student housing. The estimated $80 million project replaces and expands a decade-old housing complex that formerly occupied a portion of the space. The university anticipates a July 2018 opening date.   (Article Date: May 5, 2017)

The Salvation Army broke ground on a $5.6 million building on Binghamton's North Side (Broome County). The building will have a technology center for job training, a full-sized gymnasium and two commercial grade kitchens.  (Article Date: April 27, 2017)

Binghamton University is adding a third building to its new health sciences complex in Johnson City (Broome County). The proposed facility will offer research space for pharmacy school, nursing school and biomedical engineering faculty. Space would also be available to biotech companies and other start-ups working cooperatively with faculty at the new health sciences campus. Relocation of the nursing school from the main Vestal campus into a renovated Endicott Johnson box factory across the street from the pharmacy school is expected to be complete in April 2019.  (Article Date: April 19, 2017)

Phase one of a $58 million renovation of the Elmira Corning Airport in Horseheads (Chemung County) is expected to commence in July 2017. The three-phase project, slated for completion in October 2018, will transform the airport into a functional and inviting space, complete with glass walls, a landscaped courtyard, a raised concourse and new jet bridges to accommodate larger planes, updated infrastructure and a renovated restaurant area. The work is primarily funded by a $40 million state grant.  (Article Date: April 4, 2017)

Binghamton University (Broome County) will now join three other state colleges in conducting research on industrial hemp. The university was authorized to participate in the state’s Industrial Hemp Agricultural Pilot program, in which universities and private farms can grow and research hemp as an agricultural commodity. Binghamton’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will use the permit to research cannabidiol, which has been shown to have medical benefits. It is partnering with Nanticoke Gardens in Endicott (Broome County).  (Article Date: March 29, 2017)

Cornell University in Ithaca (Tompkins County) is in line to receive grants totaling $209,000 to provide research assistance to small- and medium-sized New York manufacturers with innovative projects that will eventually create job opportunities. The awards were announced as part of a $469,000 package of grants given by the state's Manufacturing Innovation Fund to seven different projects across the state. The fund will award $1 million annually over five years to support technology development and the commercialization of research across the state.  (Article Date: March 1, 2017)

Fifty-three million dollars of New York State funding has been announced to go toward the Route 434 Binghamton Connector Greenway, a project which was many years in the planning. The 2.5-mile multi-use bike and pedestrian path will connect the university and other towns to downtown Binghamton (Broome County). The city portion of the project is slated for completion by late 2018. Phase I of the project, which will build a trail from the South Washington Street Bridge to the other side of Route 434 around Pennsylvania Avenue, will cost $6 million and will begin in Spring 2017. The Southern Tier will also receive $5.3 million to turn the current Broome Gateway Rest Area, located on Interstate 81 north of Pennsylvania, into the Southern Tier Regional Welcome Center. (Article Date: February 7, 2017)

Visions Federal Credit Union, a regional credit union with branches in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, plans to expand its Endwell (Broome County) headquarters over the next two years. The facility expansion will make way for the addition of 150 to 200 employees over the next 10 years. Currently, 250 employees work in Broome County, and 550 employees work throughout the credit union network. Most of the new jobs will be in retail services, the contact center, information technology, training services and a wide array in lending. (Article Date: December 15, 2016)

Binghamton University received a $2.8 million grant from New York State. They will research ways to produce a lithium-ion battery that can store electricity without relying on huge battery banks while at the same time addressing the drawbacks currently associated with the technology. A portion of the grant funds will be used to build a no-humidity lab at the University’s Innovative Technology Center in Vestal (Broome County), where lithium battery research can be conducted under ideal conditions. Another part of the grant will pay for research using lithium battery technology to trim the sizable energy demands from modern-day data centers. (Article Date: December 12, 2016)

Update: Hornell (Steuben County) railcar maker Alstom Transportation will receive $30 million in state funding to help it expand after it won a lucrative new contract with Amtrak to develop next generation high speed trains. The state money will allow the Alstom plant to expand and add additional equipment to accommodate the Amtrak contract. The $2.5 billion contract with Amtrak will bring hundreds of new jobs to the area, and will help stimulate the upstate economy. The company is currently recruiting new workers. In addition, the state funds and resulting plant improvements should make the company more competitive for future contract bids. (Article Date: November 30, 2016)

SUNY Broome plans to transform a historic building in downtown Binghamton (Broome County) into their new Culinary Arts Center. The facility will include production kitchens, a full dining room, and a lecture hall and event space. Funding for the $11 million state of the art facility is coming from Broome County, the state, and the REDC. It's scheduled to open in the fall of 2018. (Article Date: September 29, 2016)

The City of Elmira (Chemung County) received one of four Downtown Revitalization Initiative awards, which were selected by the state’s Regional Economic Development Councils. The $10 million award is expected to create real change in the city. Plans include attracting businesses to come set up shop in Elmira and support existing institutions like Elmira College and Corning Community College, which are both planning expansions in the city. (Article Date: July 7, 2016)

Six months after a Texas-based company dropped plans to develop a property on E. State St. in Ithaca (Tompkins County), Vestal-based (Broome County) Newman Development said it will step in to redevelop the site. City Centre will feature about 250 market-rate apartment (total of 500 beds), ground-floor retail space and a 70-space underground parking garage. Tenants for the commercial space on the ground floor are still being sought. Developers expect construction to start in early 2017 with opening set for late summer 2018. (Article Date: June 22, 2016)

Tompkins Financial Corp.'s began construction of its new $31.3 million headquarters in Ithaca (Tompkins County). The financial services holding company plans to consolidate its sprawling network of administrative offices in the new building. The seven-story, 110,000-sq.-ft. building will house more than 300 employees, with a retail branch and ATM on the first floor. (Article Date: June 17, 2016)

Innovation, a Johnson City (Broome County) maker of pharmacy automation equipment, recently introduced a new product line called RxCollect. The system uses a robot to collate multiple prescriptions in either central-fill or mail-order pharmacies. The pharmacy automation systems market is expected to grow to $7.8 billion by 2018, up from $4.7 billion globally in 2011. Innovation employs about 150. (Article Date: June 2, 2016)

A $25 million gift from a class of 1980 alumnus will enable Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management to expand into Ithaca’s (Tompkins County) Collegetown neighborhood, which is adjacent to the university’s campus. The gift will support a new, state-of-the-art, six-story classroom and office building, which is under construction. (Article Date: May 16, 2016)

The State of New York recently awarded $20 million to Binghamton University (BU) to conduct research on flexible technology at the Huron campus in Endicott (Broome County). As part of the Flex-Tech Alliance, BU research staff will focus on cutting-edge bendable circuitry that has uses across virtually all electronic devices. The technology involves printing electronic circuitry on flexible material. Corning Inc., which is teaming with BU, has developed a thin glass material on which the circuitry can be printed, opening up a vast range of new uses for the technology. The project could create up to 200 jobs over the next several years, with a ripple impact of 500 to 1,000 jobs across New York over the next seven to 10 years at companies such as BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin and i3 Electronics. (Article Date: April 6, 2016)

A high-end furniture retailer, Ellis Brothers, will complete a $3.5 million renovation of the former J.C. Penney building in downtown Binghamton (Broome County). Plans call for a 40,000-sq.-ft. renovation of the now-vacant building into a modern furniture showroom and gift shop. There will also be upgrades to the building's exterior, including the installation of large windows across the first and second floors, under the plans. The project will retain 17 employees and create about six new ones. (Article Date: March 24, 2016)

Update: The region’s recent win at the Upstate Revitalization Initiative competition will help to fund a health sciences and technology park in Johnson City (Broome County). Binghamton University will co-locate its nursing school with its pharmacy school, creating anchor tenants for the park. Projections from the university suggest 150 jobs will be created directly, 51 jobs will be retained, 200 indirect jobs will arise and 300 jobs will be supported during the construction phase of the projects. (Article Date: December 16, 2015)

The Southern Tier received one of three Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) grants recently awarded by New York State. The prize brings with it $500 million in funding for economic development projects over the next five years. The Southern Tier plan focuses on: help existing manufacturing companies expand or tap new markets; make urban centers more attractive to young people and businesses; enhance tourism and link attractions to one another; and increase food processing capacity, including craft beverage production. If fully carried out, the Southern Tier REDC estimates the region’s plan would leverage $2.5 billion in private investment from companies and not-for-profit organizations, creating 10,200 jobs and producing an overall economic impact of $3.4 billion in five years. (Article Date: December 10, 2015)

A mixed-use property with about 100 apartments and 8,000 sq.-ft. of commercial space is planned for Binghamton (Broome County). The development, called River Landing, would replace a rundown structure in a high profile city location near the confluence of the Chenango and Susquehanna rivers. Project costs are to be offset by REDC supportive funding. (Article Date: November 25, 2015)

Binghamton University’s Integrated Electronics Engineering Center (IEEC) will continue as a New York State Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) for another 10 years. As a result of the re-designation, the State will provide the IEEC nearly $10 million in funding over the next decade. (Article Date: October 2, 2015)

A $29 million redevelopment is planned for two vacant industrial buildings in Johnson City (Broome County). The Century Sunrise Redevelopment project will include 104 residential units, ranging from one- to three-bedroom energy efficient, green-built and LEED-certified apartments and a 4,000- to 8,000-sq.-ft. restaurant facility. The site is close to the future home of Binghamton University’s $60-million School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences. The project is expected to create 120 temporary construction jobs, and generate about 20 permanent positions. Construction is projected to start in summer 2016, and should take 18 to 22 months to complete. (Article Date: July 30, 2015)

Two companies plan to create 39 jobs and invest $540,000 over the next five years while residing in tax-free zones at Binghamton University. Baceapp Corp. and LightSpin Technologies Inc., which will move to the Engineering and Science Building at Binghamton University’s campus in Vestal (Broome County), were two of the 17 companies unveiled recently as the newest participants in Start-Up NY, a program that offers no taxes for 10 years in locations near or on college campuses. (Article Date: April 27, 2015)

Kirkwood-based (Broome County) Willow Run Foods Inc. is looking to hire 55 workers, including 20 people for its warehouse, 25 professional drivers and driver-trainees and 10 driver-helpers. Willow Run is gearing up to start its five-year, $375 million deal with Five Guys Burgers and Fries in May . Willow Run, an employee-owned company specializing in the distribution of casual dining and fast-food systems, has annual sales approaching $500 million. The company has 390 employees. Business Services is working with the company. (Article Date: April 24, 2015)

Kirkwood-based (Broome County) Willow Run Foods Inc. reached an eight-year deal worth $280 million with Checkers Drive-In Restaurants Inc., the Tampa, FL-headquartered operator of the Checkers and Rally’s hamburger chains. The company will add about 25 employees, mainly professional drivers and warehouse personnel, because of the deal. (Article Date: October 29, 2014)

Update: Binghamton University's $60 million planned pharmacy school will be built near downtown Johnson City (Broome County). Construction should start in Spring 2015, and the school is expected to officially open in early 2018. The first classes in the pharmacy program will likely be offered in Fall 2017. The school will go up in a tax-free Start-Up NY zone, creating an incentive for research pharmaceutical companies and other start-ups to move to the area. The school is expected to partner with large health care provider UHS, as well as the pharmaceutical research companies that move into the area surrounding it. (Article Date: September 25, 2014)

Update: The team of Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky Aircraft has received a $1.28 billion contract to build a new fleet of combat rescue helicopters. Connecticut-based Sikorsky will provide the helicopters; Lockheed Martin in Owego (Tioga County) will handle the new helicopter’s modernized mission systems and other special equipment. The contract is the first step in eventually providing 112 combat rescue helicopters with a potential value of about $7.9 billion. Work is expected to be completed by June 2029. (Article Date: June 26, 2014)

Binghamton University (BU) received one of the largest research grants in its history. A $12.8 million, four-year grant through the U.S. Department of Energy will help establish the Northeast Center for Chemical Energy Storage. Much of the work will be done in BU’s Center of Excellence building, though it will span several of the science buildings on its Vestal (Broome County) campus. BU’s partner institutions involved in this research include Rutgers University, MIT and Cambridge University, among others. (Article Date: June 16, 2014)

CAF USA received a $118 million contract to manufacture 24 railcars for the City of Boston. Nearly half of the funding is coming from federal sources. CAF will produce the shells and frames for the cars at its facility in Spain. Final assembly and testing will occur at CAF’s plant in Chemung County. Delivery will take place between the end of 2017 and 2018. The company has grown to 800 employees locally in a very short time. New buildings have been erected at the site to accommodate work on multiple light rail vehicle projects at one time — Kansas City, Cincinnati, Houston, and now Boston. (Article Date: June 10, 2014)

An Ithaca (Tompkins County) firm that uses 3D printing technology developed at Cornell University to produce precision metal and plastic components will be the first StartUp NY business in Tompkins County. Launched in January 2014, Incodema3D is an offshoot of Ithaca-based Incodema, a rapid metal prototyping firm founded in 2001. The company is looking to expand into additive manufacturing, which is essentially a form of 3D printing used to create precision metal components. Incodema3D has 10 employees, and the company projects that number could double annually for the next four to five years. (Article Date: June 4, 2014)

Update: The team of Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky Aircraft won the $1.24 billion contract to build a new fleet of presidential helicopters. Connecticut-based Sikorsky will produce the helicopters, and Lockheed will install the integrated communications and mission systems on the new choppers. The program is expected to create or sustain 200 jobs at its Owego facility, which has approximately 2,600 employees. (Article Date: May 7, 2014)

The Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) Lab will receive $100 million in funding from the National Science Foundation over the next five years. The CHESS facility, which is one of five high-energy synchrotron x-ray sources in the world and one of only two in the U.S., provides synchrotron x-ray capabilities to investigators in all fields of science and engineering. The CHESS award supports more than 130 Cornell employees in Ithaca (Tompkins County), eight graduate students and three postdoctoral associates. (Article Date: April 21, 2014)

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Sanmina, a manufacturer of printed circuit boards, recently filed a WARN notice indicating it plans to lay off 161 of its 274 employees at its Owego (Tioga County) facility. The first employee separations are expected to commence between March 7 and 21, 2018. Prospects for remaining employees appear uncertain as this has been classified as a plant closure. The industry has been under cost pressure for some time from lower labor cost markets, such as Mexico and China. (Article Date: December 7, 2017)

Mettler-Toledo is shuttering its Dryden (Tompkins County) production facility, and moving the work to Florida. The facility makes in-line checkweighers used to ensure correct weight and completeness of packages in the food, pharmaceutical and consumer goods industries. The company’s 69 workers are expected to be separated from employment beginning on March 1, 2018, with all separations completed by January 1, 2019. (Article Date: November 29, 2017)

Norwich Aero Products, which operates in a 57,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Norwich (Chenango County), is closing in early 2015. Parent company Esterline Corp., a Bellevue, Washington-based manufacturer serving global aerospace and defense markets, is moving its U.S. production to Mexico. Some administrative functions will move from Norwich to Esterline’s sister company in California. A total of 120 local employees are affected. (Article Date: January 31, 2014)

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This report contains information derived from media releases throughout the Southern Tier Region. Information sources include, but are not limited to:

  • Action News (WBNG TV)
  • FOX 40 (WICZ TV)
  • Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin
  • News Channel 34 (WIVT/WBGH TV)
  • The Canisteo Valley News
  • The Cooperstown Crier
  • The Cornell Daily Sun
  • The Corning Leader
  • The Daily Star (Otsego County)
  • The Elmira Star Gazette
  • The Evening Sun (Chenango County)
  • The Greater Binghamton Business Journal
  • The Hornell Evening Tribune
  • The Ithaca Journal
  • The Ithaca Times
  • The Lansing Star
  • The Observer, Review & Express
  • The Odessa File (Schuyler County)
  • The Steuben Courier
  • YNN News - Binghamton/Oneonta
  • YNN News - Elmira/Corning
  • YNN News - Ithaca/Cortland
  • WENY TV News

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