Empire State Development Announces Orolia USA Ready to Move to Erie Station Business Park in Monroe County

August 22, 2019

Global Positioning, Navigation and Timing Manufacturer Opening New Headquarters in the Town of Henrietta-will Create more than 30 New Jobs

Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that global positioning, navigation and timing systems manufacturer Orolia USA will establish its new headquarters at another location in the Town of Henrietta in Monroe County. The company will occupy space in a facility located at Erie Station Business Park on Becker Road. With two locations currently in the Rochester area, Orolia USA will move into a new space in an effort to better accommodate the company’s 90 local employees. Orolia USA plans to create up to 32 additional local jobs as a result of the relocation. The company will continue to maintain an office in the City of Rochester where 11 workers are employed. Orolia USA plans to be operational in the new headquarters by the end of 2019.

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "Orolia USA’s decision to establish its headquarters in the Town of Henrietta reflects the region’s talent and tech strengths, creates new high-quality jobs and supports New York State’s commitment to growing the Finger Lakes economy.”

To assist Orolia USA with the relocation project in the Town of Henrietta, ESD is providing up to $700,000 through the Excelsior Jobs Tax Credit Program in exchange for job creation commitments. Monroe County, Rochester Gas and Electric, and Greater Rochester Enterprise also assisted with the project. The total project cost has been placed at a little more than $1.3 million.

Orolia VP of Global HR Jennifer Steier said, “At Orolia we are riding the wave of growth driven by technology dependent on Global Navigation Satellite Systems. This increase in demand drives our organization’s need to maintain and grow our expertise in advanced technology. We are glad to have the support from New York State to accelerate our investment and attract strong talent in the region.”

Orolia is a leading provider of advanced positioning, navigation and timing solutions that improve the reliability and safety of its customers’ critical or remote operations.Orolia serves a variety of industries, including aerospace and defense, emergency readiness and response, commercial maritime, enterprise and wireless communications infrastructure. Founded in 2006, Orolia has completed a series of acquisitions growing to 440employees worldwide.  One of these acquisitions was the purchase of Spectracom in 2007, a Rochester manufacturer of precision timing and frequency components.

State Senator Patrick M. Gallivan said, “The Rochester area has long been associated with the technology industry.  The decision by Orolia USA to establish its headquarters here speaks to its commitment to the Finger Lakes Region and sends a positive message about the continued growth of the upstate economy and the skilled workforce available.”   

State Assembly Member Harry Bronson said, “I applaud Orolia USA’s for their commitment to our region. Today’s announcement by the company and ESD shows that the Rochester area has a strong, diverse, and skilled workforce and is in an economic position to create jobs for the future. I look forward Orolia USA’s growth and the addition of new jobs at their expanded Henrietta campus.”

Town of Henrietta Supervisor Steve Schultz said, "We are excited to have yet another high-tech company relocating or expanding their presence in Henrietta. These jobs have special meaning for me personally since I come from a related industry -- our aerial capture systems, had at their heart, a high-end global Positioning, orientation, and navigation system. There is a cumulative effect by adding more and more high-end high- tech jobs. Everyone benefits."

County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said, “Monroe County is a proven destination for growing businesses and it is no surprise that Orolia has chosen to expand in our community. I thank this growing employer for their commitment to doing business here. Projects like this show how we’ve been able to secure over 20,000 more jobs here since 2016 alone and prove that Monroe County is open for business now more than ever before.”

Matt Hurlbutt, president and CEO, Greater Rochester Enterprise said, “The Orolia senior leadership team found a high caliber engineering workforce here in the Greater Rochester, NY region to match their own innovative, entrepreneurial corporate culture. This talent, combined with the amenities available at their new corporate office in the Erie Station Business Park, made for a winning combination of assets to support Orolia’s strategic growth plans.”

For more information about Orolia USA, click here.

Accelerating Finger Lakes Forward 

Today’s announcement complements “Finger Lakes Forward,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $6.1 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – investing in key industries including photonics, agriculture‎ and food production, and advanced manufacturing. 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 Rochester, Batavia and Canandaigua as a destination to grow and invest in.

Now, the region is accelerating Finger Lakes Forward 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 8,200 new jobs. More information is available here.

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