Empire State Development Announces Completion of Crepini Crepe Manufacturing Facility in Dutchess County

November 25, 2019

Company to Create 118 New Jobs in East Fishkill Facility

Facility Located on Former IBM Campus iPark

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the completion of Crepini’s new crepe manufacturing facility in East Fishkill, Dutchess County. The company, which makes several crepe varieties with different ingredients, will create 118 new jobs and retain 30 jobs. The new 50,000 square foot facility will increase the company’s capacity from 40 million crepes per year to 250 million crepes per year. Crepini is a New York State-certified Women-owned business (WBE). Its new facility is located in iPark, the former IBM campus in East Fishkill.

Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “Crepini joins the many manufacturers choosing to stay and expand their operations in New York State, with a new facility that will increase the company’s output, create more than 100 new jobs and contribute to the Mid-Hudson region’s economic growth.”

To encourage Crepini to stay and expand in New York State, Empire State Development offered up to $2.5 million in Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits, which are directly tied to job creation. The company is investing over $7.7 million in the new facility. The project included fit-up costs and the purchase of machinery and equipment to increase the company’s ability to make more product.

Crepini CEO and Co-founder Paula Rimer said, “Crepini was founded in 2007 and is a family owned business. Our products, which are sold nationwide, are dairy-free and gluten-free and are first of its kind ‘zero net carbs - 8 calorie healthy egg and veggie based wraps’. Our success is a collaborative process of innovation, perseverance, risk taking, and being enthusiastic dreamers and very hard workers. On behalf of the entire Crepini family we all greatly appreciate NYS Empire State Development for helping Crepini in keeping NYS jobs and creating over 100 hundred new jobs as we grow up as a business in Dutchess County NY.”

Crepini was founded in 2007 and is family-run. The company has won four Silver SOFI Awards. Its products, which are sold in over 4,000 stores throughout the United States, are dairy-free and gluten-free.

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.

Contact:
Adam Kilduff | [email protected] | (212) 803-3744
ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313

Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council Submits 2019 Progress Report

Council Endorses 21 Priority Projects for Round IX of Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative

October 2, 2019

The Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council (MHREDC) today announced it recently submitted its 2019 Progress Report to New York State to meet the October 1 deadline. The progress report details the council’s achievements in implementing its strategic plan and reflects the Mid-Hudson's progress on efforts to ensure sustainable and long-term growth in the seven-county region and to leverage the region’s advantages in key industry sectors, including advanced manufacturing, life sciences, food and beverage manufacturing, and tourism.
 
In furtherance of these goals, strategies and initiatives, the report recommends 21 priority projects to advance the region’s growth objectives. These projects represent at least $20 million in requested state funding, leveraging $293 million in private and other funding for total project expenses of more than $313 million. Detailed information about the MHREDC’s 2019 endorsed priority projects is available in the progress report here.
 
“The MHREDC is committed to providing meaningful opportunities for economic growth and job creation that benefit communities throughout the Mid-Hudson region, and the state’s regional approach to economic development allows us to allocate funding in close partnership with local municipalities,” said Donald Christian, co-chair of the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council and president of SUNY New Paltz. “We are proud to introduce the latest MHREDC priority projects and look forward to seeing them revitalize downtowns, expand businesses and provide stable employment in the coming years.”
 
Round IX of the REDC initiative will award up to $750 million in state funding and tax incentives, including up to $150 million in capital grants and up to $75 million in Excelsior Tax Credits for projects and activities identified by the Councils as regional priorities in their communities. Additionally, up to $525 million from state agency programs will be awarded through the CFA process. Funding awards will be announced by the end of the year.
 
The REDC process has transformed New York State government’s approach to economic development, creating a statewide framework for bottom-up, regional economic growth and streamlining the state funding application process. Since 2011, the first year of the initiative, more than $6.1 billion has been awarded to over 7,300 job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans, projecting to create and retain more than 230,000 jobs.
 
2019 REDC Competition
In 2019, all 10 REDCs will be competing for a designation as a Top Performer. Five Top Performers will be selected and will receive a share of $100 million in Empire State Development Capital Grant funding, with the remaining five regions receiving a share of $50 million in Empire State Development Capital Grant funding. Each region will also be eligible for up to $75 million in Excelsior Tax Credits.  Each region will also receive $10 million to implement projects identified through the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, and projects from all 10 regions submitted through the CFA will be eligible for over $525 million in other state agency funds.
 
About the Consolidated Funding Application
As part of Governor Cuomo’s efforts to improve the state’s economic development model, a NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) was created to streamline and expedite the grant application process. The CFA process marks a fundamental shift in the way state resources are allocated, ensuring less bureaucracy and greater efficiency to fulfill local economic development needs. The CFA serves as the single-entry point for access to economic development funding, ensuring applicants no longer have to slowly navigate multiple agencies and sources without any mechanism for coordination. Now, economic development projects use the CFA as a support mechanism to access multiple state funding sources through one application, making the process quicker, easier, and more productive. To access the CFA, please visit https://apps.cio.ny.gov/apps/cfa/.
 
About the Regional Economic Development Councils
The Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative is a key component of Governor Cuomo’s approach to State investment and economic development. In 2011, Governor Cuomo established 10 Regional Councils to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth for their regions. The Councils are public-private partnerships made up of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. The Regional Councils have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach and establishing a competitive process for State resources. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.

Contact:
Adam Kilduff | [email protected] | (212) 803-3744
ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313

Empire State Development Announces Expansion of Atlas Air Worldwide Headquarters in Westchester County

Company to Invest More Than $37 Million in Purchase, NY Facility and Create 100 Jobs

September 5, 2019

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Atlas Air Worldwide, a leading global provider of innovative, outsourced aviation services, will expand its facility and create 100 new, high-paying jobs at its global headquarters in Purchase, Westchester County, New York. The company will invest $37.5 million over the next five years for a renewal and extension of its corporate headquarters lease, buildout, and equipment. The company will retain the 568 jobs currently housed at the facility. 

Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “Companies are choosing to stay and foster growth in New York thanks to the state’s skilled workforce, favorable economic environment and robust business assistance programs, and Atlas Air’s expansion will bring 100 new jobs to the Mid-Hudson region while maintaining a thriving headquarters in Purchase.”

To encourage Atlas Air Worldwide to expand and create jobs in Westchester, Empire State Development would provide up to $5 million in Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits, which are directly tied to job creation. The jobs created will be in flight operations, as well as roles in finance, safety, ground operations, procurement, systems operations, human resources, and security.

“New York is our home and we are excited to strengthen our ties and expand our company in this dynamic, thriving state,” said William J. Flynn, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Air Worldwide. “We will continue to grow our team of talented, world-class, customer-focused employees in New York and throughout our global network.”

Atlas Air Worldwide is a cargo airline, passenger charter airline, and aircraft lessor. The company maintains a fleet of 747s, 777s, 767s, and 737s and operates a 24-hour global control center. The company is headquartered in Purchase and maintains operations centers near the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, in Anchorage, Alaska, and Hong Kong; a training center in Miami, Florida; and key logistics centers around the world, including John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, to support its global network.

State Senator Shelley B. Mayer said, "I am pleased that a major employer in our community, Atlas Air Worldwide, has been selected for tax credits through the Excelsior Jobs Program in order to retain current jobs, and add future positions. When the Legislature authorizes and funds these programs, we expect that they will result in job growth in good paying jobs in our communities. Through the investment announced today, that goal will be furthered." 

“It is gratifying to see Atlas reinvesting in their headquarters in Purchase and preserving over 500 jobs there,” said State Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-White Plains). “Like a number of Westchester employers, Atlas plays a major role in the global economy, helping to secure our region’s economic future.”

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.

About Atlas Air Worldwide

Atlas Air Worldwide is a leading global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services. It is the parent company of Atlas Air, Inc., Southern Air Holdings, Inc. and Titan Aviation Holdings, Inc., and is the majority shareholder of Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Inc. Our companies operate the world’s largest fleet of 747 freighter aircraft and provide customers the broadest array of Boeing 747, 777, 767, 757 and 737 aircraft for domestic, regional and international cargo and passenger operations.

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Adam Kilduff | [email protected] | (212) 803-3744
ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul cutting the ribbon on Amy's Kitchen's new food manufacturing facility

Spotlight on: Mid-Hudson Region

It’s been a summer of love for the Mid-Hudson region, with natural beauty that’s a year-round highlight for residents and tourists who visit the area’s many parks, historic and cultural sites. The area’s ideal location—with proximity to New York City and major Northeast destinations—also makes it a draw for businesses. During the past three months, the Mid-Hudson region has added new attractions, hosted milestone concerts and broken ground on a leading food manufacturer’s hub—while continuing to serve as a headquarters for several Fortune 500 companies and a home to pioneering research and innovation.

Amy’s Kitchen, a leading organic food manufacturer, broke ground June 21 on a new 389,000-square-foot facility in Orange County that will be the company’s East Coast hub, creating 680 new jobs. The specialty frozen food manufacturing facility in Goshen will be one of the largest manufacturing plants built in New York State in decades. Amy’s Kitchen, a family-owned and privately held company founded in 1987, makes more than 250 organic products and invests in local organic farms to produce them. State support for the facility includes up to $6.8 million in performance-based incentives—tied to job creation and investment commitments—as well as a low-cost power allocation from the New York Power Authority.   

 The day before the Amy’s groundbreaking, a new $3 million Dutchess Welcome Center opened at the eastern approach of the Walkway Over the Hudson State Park. The 1,800-square-foot Poughkeepsie Center opened as the 1.28-mile Walkway, once an unused railroad bridge, marks its 10th anniversary.  Next steps for the Welcome Center, which features tourism information and showcases local products, include a new pavilion.

And in mid-August, music lovers were welcomed to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, located at the National Register Woodstock Music Festival site, to mark the festival’s 50th anniversary. The center hosted a sold-out screening of the Oscar-winning Woodstock documentary on the field where the festival happened, as well as “A Season of Song & Celebration” with performances by some of the artists who performed at the original festival including John Fogerty and Santana.

This summer included announcements about two Mid-Hudson cities that will reimagine their downtowns through the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The DRI awards $10 million to projects selected for their winning visions of transforming city centers. New Rochelle, a Round Three DRI winner, announced the creation of public spaces, an arts center and housing—among other plans—and Peekskill was announced among the cities chosen as Round Four winners. 

 These projects complement the Mid-Hudson region’s multitude of development opportunities, diverse economic base, 825,000 private sector jobs and 3.3 percent unemployment rate.

Empire State Development Announces Grand Opening of Sullivan County Fabrication's 25,000 Square Foot Facility in the Mid-Hudson Region

August 9, 2019

High-Tech Metal Fabrication Plant Utilizing State-of-the-Art Processes will Build and Supply Metal Shelving for Convenience Stores and Supermarkets

Company Commits to Creating 35 New Jobs in the Region

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the grand opening of Sullivan County Fabrication, a 25,000 square foot, steel shelving manufacturing and refabricating facility in the Village of Woodridge, located in Sullivan County in the Mid-Hudson Region.  Sullivan County Fabrication, along with its affiliates, Resnick Supermarket Equipment, and Supermarket Parts Warehouse will build affordable replacement shelving for supermarkets and convenience stores to supply the growing number of food service operators and food retailers as well as the growth of the average amount of floor space occupied by food retail outlets.  As a result, annual demand for supermarket steel shelving is projected to exceed $8 billion by 2025, most of which will be comprised by repair and replacement of equipment already in use.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “This new venture reflects New York’s support of smart growth in manufacturing companies, helping them to create and retain jobs that benefit regional economies.”

Daniel “Butch” Resnick, President of Sullivan County Fabrication, Inc. and the Resnick Group family of Companies said, “Building this factory was crucial for us to keep our businesses sustainable. With the ability to build our own shelving, we are able to grow our businesses and create jobs and opportunity for our friends and neighbors, rather than purchasing them from outside our country.  With the help of New York State we are able to create jobs and remain competitive in our market place and grow our 40 year core businesses.  We are grateful to NYS ESD for all that was done to make sure this factory became a reality”

Sullivan County Fabrication has committed to investing more than $3 million in this project, while creating 35 new jobs and retaining 95 positions. ESD has agreed to support this project by providing up to $563,000 in performance-based Economic Development Fund grants and Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits. Additionally, Sullivan County Fabrication will receive a $1.8 million Jobs Development Authority Direct Loan for machinery and equipment costs.

Senator Jen Metzger said, “This is a welcome addition to the economy of the Mid-Hudson Region and Sullivan County. State and local investment and partnership continue to make a difference for long-term, regional revitalization.”

Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther said, “This project is outstanding for Sullivan County and the region. It ensures that the county’s manufacturing base will keep growing with new jobs and increased opportunities for the entire area.”

Luis Alvarez, Chairman of the Sullivan County Legislature Sullivan said, “We are proud to be the home of Sullivan County Fabrication and welcome the commitment to the community. I am very grateful for the partnership of Empire State Development, to help encourage this kind of private-sector growth that will have a positive impact for years to come."

Town of Fallsburg Supervisor Steven Vegliante said, "As Supervisor of the Town of Fallsburg and General Counsel to the Resnick Group, I am proud to be part of this exciting project. Sullivan County Fabrication, Inc. and the Resnick Group of companies are creating jobs, opportunities and investment in our Town and in our region.  This project is proof that New York State can compete with other places in manufacturing, and the support of New York State and our local IDA was crucial in this effort.  As Supervisor, and as General Counsel, I am grateful for the assistance and support in this endeavor, which will surely benefit our Town and County for years to come."

About Empire State Development

Empire State Development (ESD) is New York's chief economic development agency. 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 NY," the State's iconic tourism brand.  For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, please visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov and www.esd.ny.gov.

Contact:
Kristin Devoe | [email protected] | (518)292-5107 | (800) 260-7313
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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.

Contact:
Adam Kilduff | [email protected] | (212) 803-3744
ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313

Empire State Development Announces KanPak Will Grow Operations in Yates County

July 23, 2019

Penn Yan Dairy Beverage Manufacturer Will Add 195,000-Square-Feet of Space to Existing Warehouse Facility and Create Up to 15 New Jobs

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

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that KanPak, one of the largest employers in the Village of Penn Yan, Yates County will grow its operations in the Finger Lakes region. The company, which acquired the former Emmi Roth facility five years ago, produces a variety of dairy and coffee-based products, such as iced and cold brew coffee, ice cream, yogurt and frozen dessert products, milk shake bases, packaged milk and creamers and specialty beverages for the quick service restaurant (QSR) industry.  As part of the project, the company will construct a new private wastewater treatment plant on-site and expand its manufacturing line and warehouse. The buildout represents one of the largest construction projects in the Village’s history.

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "New York State’s multi-pronged strategy for growing the Finger Lakes economy is reflected in KanPak’s decision to expand, creating top-quality jobs that will benefit Penn Yan and the entire region.”

Founded in 1965, KanPak U.S. began as a family-owned dairy company based in Arkansas City, Kansas focusing on the development of aseptic processing and packaging for beverages and desserts. In December of 2014, KanPak was acquired by Golden State Foods headquartered in Irvine, California. The global supplier to the food service and retail industries previously acquired KanPak U.S. in 2013 and KanPak China in 2012.

Kan-Pak President & CEO Larry McGill said, “We are excited about the new facility, as it will help us continue to grow as good corporate citizens, offering new opportunities for the future.  I wish to thank the Empire State Development for all of their help and assistance.”

Empire State Development is helping to facilitate KanPak’s expansion with up to $600,000 through the Excelsior Jobs Program in exchange for job creation commitments. ESD is also providing a $150,000 Capital Grant for the project. The company will hire up to 15 new employees over the next five years and will retain 197 jobs as a result of the state investment. KanPak is investing almost $21 million and expects the expansion at the Horizon Park Drive location to be completed sometime in the summer of 2020. Yates County is also providing incentives for the project.

KanPak’s growth contributes to the forward momentum already underway in the Village of Penn Yan which, in the fall of 2018, was named as the $10 million winner for round three of Governor Cuomo’s transformational Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The state funding will work to revitalize the village’s downtown neighborhoods and generate new opportunities for long-term growth.

Senator Thomas F. O'Mara said, “The ongoing growth and expansion of KanPak is outstanding news for the Village of Penn Yan, Yates County and the entire Finger Lakes region. It ensures that the county’s manufacturing base will keep growing with new jobs and increased opportunities for the entire area. State and local investment and partnership continue to make a difference for long-term, countywide revitalization.”

Assembly Member Philip A. Palmesano said, “KanPak’s expansion and new facility is a welcome and exciting addition to the revitalization of Penn Yan and Yates County. It will create good new jobs and continue to strengthen the county’s manufacturing sector for the long term.  It’s great news and we are grateful to the state and local leaders for their ongoing commitment to the county’s future.

Steve Griffin, CEO of The Finger Lakes Economic Development Center (FLEDC) of Yates County said, “We are very thankful to have KanPak, and their parent company, Golden State Foods in Yates County. Their significant investment continues to build on the nearly 30% growth in manufacturing jobs and 20% growth in total jobs Yates County has experienced since 2000.  KanPak’s investment extends beyond their facility out into the community through the Golden State Foods Foundation, which has made multiple investments into community organizations in Yates County. Empire State Development’s investment in KanPak’s expansion and Governor Cuomo’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative investment will further accelerate Yates County’s rapid economic growth and bolster the positive economic ecosystem the community has worked so hard to build and implement.”

Penn Yan Mayor Leigh MacKerchar said, “The Village of Penn Yan is very appreciative of KanPak's decision to make this major commitment to our community.  KanPak has become a very active beneficial part of our area.  In addition to now being one of our largest employers, their foundation work has greatly benefited the disadvantaged.  We are grateful for the continued investment that they are making in Penn Yan.”

For more information about KanPak, 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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Shari Voorhees-Vincent | [email protected] | (585) 399-7055
Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313

Empire State Development Announces Cameras Start Rolling on Paramount Pictures' A Quiet Place Part II in Western New York

Film Production to Hire More Than 400 to Work in Upstate New York and Invest More Than $10 Million

July 10, 2019

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that A Quiet Place Part II, the sequel to the original hit thriller directed by John Krasinski, has started production in Western New York. The film, which is produced by Paramount Pictures, is expected to hire over 400 people in the area and invest more than $10 million into the regional economy.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Film productions stimulate economic growth and job creation in Upstate New York, and A Quiet Place Part II will continue the trend by creating 400 hires and investing over $10 million.”

The production will shoot the film in Upstate New York, with approximately 35 days in Erie County, 10 days in Chautauqua County, two days in Dutchess County, and one day in Ulster County, booking over 10,000 hotel nights in the process. Approximately 300 background actors will work a total of 1,335 shoot days.

Paramount Pictures President of Physical Production Lee Rosenthal said, “Paramount is thrilled to be returning to Buffalo, a city with ideal backdrops for this film as well as access to fantastic local partners and talented crew.”

The film will be released by Paramount Pictures on March 20, 2020.

About the Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development

The New York State Governor's Office of Motion Picture & Television Development, a division of Empire State Development, offers film, television and commercial productions and post production tax credits for qualified expenditures in New York State. The office also serves as a liaison between production companies and city and local governments, state agencies, a network of statewide contacts, local film offices and professional location scouts and managers. For more information on filming in New York State or the Film Production and Post Production Tax Credit Programs, please visit nysfilm.com

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.

About Paramount Pictures Corporation

Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, and Paramount Players. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

Contact:
Adam Kilduff | [email protected] | (212) 803-3744
ESD Press Office | [email protected] | (800) 260-7313

Empire State Development Announces Completion of Packaging Technologies & Inspection Advanced Manufacturing Facility in Westchester County

Renovated 15,000 Square Foot Facility Will Create 12 New Jobs

June 26, 2019

Empire State Development Provided $500,000 in Excelsior Jobs Program Tax Credits

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the completion of Packaging Technologies & Inspection (PTI)’s new 15,000 square foot manufacturing facility, which will create 12 new jobs in Hawthorne, Westchester County. The company invested $715,000 to lease and customize the commercial space. PTI will create 12 new jobs in New York over a period of five years and retain 40 existing employees. The company creates machinery that inspects packaging for leaks and durability, among a wide range of other uses, in the food, pharmaceutical, medical device, household, and personal care industries. PTI’s equipment is entirely designed and manufactured in New York.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Helping companies grow in place in addition to attracting new companies and talent is a critical part of New York’s economic development strategy, and PTI’s newly-renovated facility in Hawthorne will allow the company to continue its impressive growth in the state while creating new jobs.”

To encourage PTI to move forward with the project, ESD offered up to $500,000 in Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits. The capital improvements at the new location are completed. This project closely aligns with the MHREDC’s “Work” Strategy, creating manufacturing jobs in the region, and further implements the Mid-Hudson’s Regional Economic Council initiative to attract advanced manufacturing companies.

Packaging Technologies & Inspection CEO Oliver Stauffer said, “PTI has been a longstanding member of New York’s manufacturing community and we are proud to call it home.  Our focus on developing best in class sensory technologies has delivered numerous patents and contributions to the space of high-risk packaging.  The Empire State Development Corporation has been instrumental in facilitating our growth as we continue to expand our research and development focus.  The business environment in New York has been a great asset in bringing PTI to the forefront as a global leader in test equipment and a net exporter of our technologies.”

PTI is a Mid-Hudson-based company incorporated in 1999. The company has historically had a 10 percent growth rate and the facility will allow it to maintain that level of growth. The company utilizes state-of-the-art processes and distributes globally, with net exports surpassing 40 percent. PTI President and Owner Tony Stauffer, and several PTI principals have been awarded multiple U.S. patents for leak detection, seal integrity inspection technologies and system designs. The company has a strong focus on research and development, and employs a highly skilled workforce from STEM fields.

Senator Pete Harckham, 40th Senate District said, “I’m thrilled to welcome PTI’s new 15,000 square foot manufacturing facility to my district. This business will create new jobs and bring other economic benefits to Hawthorne and Westchester County. Thank you to Empire State Development for encouraging PTI to move forward with their facility, and for offering Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits to help bring this manufacturing company into my district.”

Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti said, "Our community welcomes PTI's expansion. I am pleased that New York State was able to partner with PTI to increase the number of  PTI's manufacturing jobs. Expansion of companies like PTI is important to the vibrancy of our community - it supports other local businesses and encourages other businesses to move to our area."

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, “This is welcome news for Westchester’s thriving economy. The investment in both commercial real estate and our top-notch workforce will be a win for both PTI and Westchester residents. Thanks to Empire State Development and Governor Cuomo for putting together a program that helped make this happen.”

Mount Pleasant Supervisor Carl Fulgenzi said, “With the continued growth of pharmaceutical and research and development facilities in Mt. Pleasant, Packaging Technologies & Inspection will be a welcomed addition. Retaining and creating new jobs in the Town is one of my goals and it’s also great to see that PSI’s equipment is entirely designed and manufactured in New York. We look forward to working with and supporting another growing local business.”

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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