Empire State Development Announces Major Expansion Project for Athletic Construction Manufacturer Sportsfield Specialties in Delaware County

Company will Construct 57,000 Square-Foot Addition on to Plant in the Village of Delhi; Will Create up to 20 New Jobs

July 16, 2019

State Investment Complements “Southern Tier Soaring” - The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that athletic construction equipment manufacturer Sportsfield Specialties will expand operations in the Town of Delhi, Delaware County. The successful company will construct a 57,000 square-foot addition on to its current facility located on State Highway 10. As a result, Sportsfield Specialties will hire up to 20 additional employees over the next three years; 103 jobs will be retained at the plant thanks to New York State’s investment.

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "Sportsfield Specialties is an industry leader and the company’s decision to expand in Delaware County will create new jobs and opportunity, reflecting New York State’s commitment to supporting and growing the economy in the Southern Tier.”

Founded in 1998, Sportsfield Specialties is an industry leader in the manufacture and sale of sports construction equipment for the high school, college and professional levels of competition across the United States. The company’s featured products include Ultra Cross® Baseball Netting, WeatherScape™ Team Shelters, AdjustRight® Football Goal Posts, among other available equipment for a wide variety of sports.

Sean Clark, President of Sportsfield Specialties said, “We greatly appreciate ESD’s support and are excited to have our latest expansion project underway. As a company we have long been committed to this area and frankly there is no place that we would rather be.”

ESD is providing the company support for the expansion with a $500,000 Capital Grant; up to $300,000 is available through the Excelsior Jobs Program in exchange for job creation commitments. The total project cost has been placed at $8 million.

Senator Jen Metzger said, "Back in December, I met with the owner of Sportsfield Specialties, Scott Clark, who grew up in Delhi and built his family's business into what it is today – a model of the type of corporate commitment to the community that we would like to see throughout the state. During my visit, I had the pleasure of touring the manufacturing facility, where more than 150 local people are employed to make high-quality, industry-leading sports equipment of all kinds and for all levels. A top innovator in the field, Sportsfield’s goal posts are used in 24 NFL stadiums across the country. With the help of this Capital Grant, provided by Empire State Development, Sportsfield Specialties will have the capacity to scale up their operations and bring more good-paying manufacturing and marketing jobs to the Delhi area. This is just the kind of economic development that we want to support and encourage in our rural communities."

Assemblyman Brian Miller said, “This expansion is exciting news for Delhi and all of Delaware County. For more than 20 years, Sportsfield Specialties has demonstrated a commitment to these communities by creating good jobs, while also bringing national prominence to the area. The retention of more than 100 jobs and the creation of 20 more here in Delhi is just another example of the commitment and dedication demonstrated by Wayne Oliver and the team at Sportsfield Specialties. Congratulations, good luck and thank you for all you do for our community.”

Delhi Village Mayor Richard Maxey said, “Sportsfield Specialties is a locally owned company that has grown tremendously employing individuals benefiting not only Delhi but all of Delaware County and beyond.  The Village of Delhi is very fortunate having the support of the Clark family.”

For more information about Sportsfield Specialties, click here.

Accelerating Southern Tier Soaring

Today's announcement complements “Southern Tier Soaring,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $6.2 billion in the region since 2012 to lay for groundwork for the plan – attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation.

Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Binghamton, Johnson City and Corning as a destination in which to grow and invest. Now, the region is accelerating Southern Tier Soaring with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 10,200 new jobs. More information is available here.


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