Empire State Development Announces Rotork is Growing Operations in Monroe County

December 9, 2019

Global Flow Control and Instrumentation Company Commits to Creating Almost 60 New Jobs Over Five Years at Town of Gates Location

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

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced it will invest up to $550,000 through the Excelsior Jobs Program to assist high-tech manufacturer Rotork with an expansion project at its Mile Crossing Blvd. location in the Town of Gates. The global flow and instrumentation company will add an additional 52,000 square-foot to its current space and will add up to 56 new jobs over the next five years; 150 jobs will be retained. ESD is assisting Rotork with the $10 million project in exchange for job creation commitments. Monroe County also provided incentives for this project. The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2020.

Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, "Rotork is one of many global companies that understand New York’s manufacturing strengths and tech talent and its decision to expand in Monroe County will create even more high-quality jobs that will grow the Finger Lakes economy.”

Rotork, which recently broke ground on the project, operates locations across the nation and globally. Located in the Finger Lakes region for more than 50 years, the maker of industrial flow control equipment for gases or liquids, has been operating at its current facility since 2000.  Rotork’s clients operate in the oil and gas, power generation, water and sewage and marine industries among others. Monroe County is also assisting with the expansion project.

Rotork Controls Chief Executive Kevin Hostetler said, “We are celebrating our 44th year in Rochester N.Y. and have grown within the area. The investment into the expansion of the Rochester facility shows Rotork’s commitment to the area and the local support structure. This investment will drive shorter lead times that will enhance the customers experience.”

State Senator Joe Robach said, “Rotork is a global leader of actuator manufacturing, with offices throughout the United States and around the world. Their selection of the Rochester office for expansion is incredible news for our workforce and local economy. By adding 43,000 square feet of manufacturing space, 8,800 square feet of office space and creating 50 new, good paying jobs, Rotork is helping to improve Rochester’s footprint in manufacturing. Great news for Rotork and the Rochester economy!"

State Assemblyman David Gantt said, “The expansion of Rotork will help in our efforts to create good jobs in the region.  I am very pleased that this very successful company is making this major investment that will position its facility in Gates at the forefront of their manufacturing and product innovations.”

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said, "Monroe County is pleased to support the expansion of Rotork in the Town of Gates. The $10 million project will retain 150 jobs and create 56 new jobs, expanding the footprint of advanced manufacturing in our community. This is more proof that Monroe County is open for business!”

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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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