Empire State Development Announces Completion of New Hudson Valley Lighting Assembly And Distribution Facility

New Facility Will Enable the Creation of 34 New Jobs and Retention of 47 Jobs

October 25, 2018

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Hudson Valley Lighting, a manufacturer of high-end light fixtures, has completed construction of its new 262,000 square-foot facility in Wappinger, Dutchess County. The assembly and distribution facility will serve as the company’s world headquarters and include both warehousing and manufacturing space. The project will create 34 new jobs and retain 47 jobs, while vastly increasing the company's ability to design, manufacture and ship products worldwide as well as provide appropriate showroom space to welcome buyers.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Hudson Valley Lighting’s vastly expanded facility will create advanced manufacturing jobs, spur innovation and enhance economic growth in the Mid-Hudson region.”

Hudson Valley Lighting was founded in 1985 by David S. Littman and is now one of the five distinct brands under the Littman Brands banner. Littman Brands industry-recognized brands are united by the pursuit of excellence, a design-driven culture, attention to ever-changing environmental considerations, and commitment to the highest possible quality.

Hudson Valley Lighting Founder and CEO David Littman said, "Thanks to the Governor's Regional Economic Development Council I am able to grow and expand my business in New York State.  Instead of relocating, we are investing in the region by creating jobs, participating in the community and serving as a catalyst for positive change. I’ve always seen the potential that exists in the Hudson Valley to create a vibrant economy in one of the most beautiful places on earth. Thanks to the leadership of Governor Cuomo, there is a growing energy and excitement welcoming new residents and businesses to the region. This energy, combined with a creative and educated workforce, bode well for the future. Frankly, I’m surprised it’s taken so long for others to discover what we’ve known all along, New York State is a great place to live and work.”

As a result of the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative, Hudson Valley Lighting was awarded a $705,000 performance-based grant in Round III to support the $17.2 million project and up to $200,000 in Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits, which are directly tied to job commitments. Hudson Valley Lighting, which has nine locations throughout the world, had outgrown its rented facility in Newburgh, creating the need for a new location that would adequately serve the company’s needs and become its world headquarters.

Donald Christian, Chair of the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council said, “Hudson Valley Lighting’s success has had positive economic impacts throughout the region, creating good-paying jobs and a valuable product that’s sold around the world. We are pleased that this new world headquarters and assembly facility in Dutchess County provide such a meaningful boost to the next steps in the company’s evolution.”

Wappinger Town Supervisor Richard Thurston said, “The decision of Hudson Valley Lighting to expand its operations in the Town of Wappinger is both exciting and inspiring. It shows that our Town can still provide a very attractive base for manufacturing and job growth.”

About Empire State Development
Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency (www.esd.ny.gov). The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I LOVE NEW YORK,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.



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