Governor Cuomo Announces Grand Opening of New Dutchland Plastics Location in Central New York

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New York State Investment to Help Plastics Product Manufacturer Grow Operations in 50,000 square-foot facility in Canastota, Madison County; Expansion Will Create More than 40 New Jobs

Investment Complements "Central NY Rising" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that plastics product manufacturer Dutchland Plastics has expanded its operations into the Village of Canastota, Madison County. The company today officially opened its new, 50,000 square-foot facility on Barlow Street. The expansion will facilitate the creation of at least 42 new full-time jobs over the next two years; 23 positions will be retained. Dutchland Plastics, the country's leading contract manufacturer of custom rotationally molded or "rotomolded" plastics products, had considered moving its operations in Central New York out of state but elected to stay in New York due to provided incentives.

"Dutchland Plastics has a long history in Central New York and this investment and expansion proves the company's continued commitment to the area," Governor Cuomo said. "The new, well-paying jobs that will be created over the next few years will contribute to the region's continued economic growth as Central New York continues to rise."

"The canal community of Canastota has a rich history, and New York State is investing to ensure progress for a prosperous future," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "Dutchland Plastics' decision to expand with a new facility in the village will create additional job opportunities and spur economic growth in the area. The Central New York region is rising with state investments to help companies like Dutchland Plastics grow and to continue to attract new businesses and visitors to the area."

Dutchland Plastics, which is headquartered in Eastern Wisconsin, has been manufacturing high quality plastics products for nearly half a century. As a custom plastics products manufacturer, the company services recreational, commercial, outdoor, food and beverage, furniture and marine industries. The company manufactures cutting-edge products like Yeti coolers, NuCanoe boats, and KI chairs, among others and is the third largest contract rotational molder in the United States.

Dutchland CEO Randy Herman said, "We are making a major investment in this community because we believe in the people of this community. Over the last couple of years, we've seen the amazing craftmanship and outstanding work ethic this community has to offer, and our plans are to continue to invest in future growth."

Empire State Development is assisting the project by providing up to $475,000 through the Excelsior Jobs Program in return for job creation commitments. ESD also reallocated a $1,685,000 Restore NY grant to the Village of Canastota that assisted with the construction cost of the new facility. The company also invested $2.6 million for capital equipment and to customize the new facility, which sits along the storied Erie Canal.

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "Dutchland Plastics' decision to stay and expand in Central New York reflects the economic opportunities created by the state's strategic investments in the region's long-term growth and support for companies committed to creating jobs here."

Senator David J. Valesky said, "Dutchland Plastics' expansion in the village of Canastota will provide good-paying jobs for years to come. I am pleased that the company decided to remain in Central New York to take advantage of the excellent workforce our region has to offer."

Assemblyman Bill Magee said, "Dutchland Plastics manufacturing expansion in Canastota will bring the kind of economic growth that provides quality of life benefits and long term opportunities for the community and Central New York. I am so pleased to see this investment moving forward and jobs being created."

Village of Canastota Mayor Carla DeShaw said, "We are very proud to have Dutchland Plastics as a member of our community. The retention of Dutchland Plastics in Central New York and the project completion is a great example of the highest level of collaboration between state, county, and local government.  This RESTORE NY project's goal was met in returning an abandoned industrial site to its long historical roots - an expanding manufacturer with a growing local skilled workforce."

For more information about Dutchland Plastics, click here.

Accelerating Central NY Rising

Today's announcement complements "Central NY Rising," the region's comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $4.7 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan - capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. 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 Syracuse, Oswego and Auburn as a destination to grow and invest in.

Now, the region is accelerating Central NY Rising 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 5,900 new jobs. More information is available here.

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