Empire State Development Announces Expansion of Sono-Tek High-Tech Manufacturing Space in Ulster County

Company Will Create and Retain More Than 60 Jobs

July 24, 2019

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Sono-Tek, a company that specializes in the manufacturing of thin film ultrasonic coating machinery used in the medical, electronic, advanced energy and several industrial markets, will expand its facility and create six new jobs in Milton, Ulster County, while retaining 60 jobs. Sono-Tek will invest $550,000 to undertake capital improvements and purchase machinery and equipment, expanding its existing buildings from 13,000 to 32,000 square feet of new, high-tech manufacturing space.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “New York encourages the expansion of manufacturing in innovative, high-tech industries, and Sono-Tek’s larger facility will allow the company to service more companies around the world while keeping local jobs and creating new ones.”

ESD will provide $150,000 in Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits for the company to create six new jobs and retain 60 existing full-time jobs over a period of 10 years. The project aligns with the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council’s Work Initiative and state and regional workforce development.

Sono-Tek Corporation President Steve Harshbarger said, “This is an exciting time in the history of Sono-Tek. We anticipate company growth in conjunction with expansion of our knowledge-based workforce. Participation from ESD and Central Hudson has allowed Sono-Tek to focus this expansion locally to the Hudson Valley. Several high tech manufacturing operations Sono-Tek presently outsources, are now planned to be completed in our New York facility.”

Sono-Tek’s was founded in 1975 by Dr. Harvey L. Berger, who secured funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to create a more efficient fuel burner to cut energy costs. The company has since widely expanded in scope, with seven applications labs and more than 50 factory-trained distributors worldwide.

Assembly Member Jonathan G. Jacobson said, "Sono-Tek is a locally-headquartered manufacturer that currently employs more than 60 high-paid workers. Its commitment to new technology allows Sono-Tek to maintain and improve its position as a leader in the global marketplace. These tax credits will enable the company to make significant improvements to its factory while also creating new jobs. I strongly support the State's investment in this important Hudson Valley employer."

Ulster County Executive Patrick K. Ryan said, “Sono-Tek’s expansion will allow the Ulster County-based company to further contribute to our economy while creating new jobs. This is exactly the kind of company that we want to see grow and thrive here.  I thank the company, Empire State Development and our community partners for their support making the project a reality.”

Town Supervisor Al Lanzetta said, "Ever since Sono-Tek decided to make Milton, NY the site of their design and manufacturing headquarters, they have been an integral part of the community and a contributor to the importance of quality craftsmanship in modern manufacturing."

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.ny.gov.

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