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Corning invests $11 million in Oneonta Plant

The Corning Manufacturing Plant in Oneonta is investing eleven million dollars into a building that’s in need of upgrades.

Posted: Oct. 4, 2018 6:04 PM

The Corning Manufacturing Plant in Oneonta is investing eleven million dollars into a building that’s in need of upgrades. Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig tells us why the upgrades are so important.

"The building is 50 years old. Their business has grown. Their business has changed. What they’re manufacturing there today is not exactly what they were manufacturing there 50 years ago. So the time has come where they need to upgrade their facility in order to stay competitive for what they’re doing today."


The investment doesn’t include adding more jobs to the operation, at least for now, but it does keep the current jobs, and that’s a relief for Jody Zakrevsky, CEO of Otsego.

"One of the problems with automation is that in improvements is that they usually have decreased staff because of more efficient machines and processing. In this particular case they’re doing both. They’re increasing productivity, increasing efficiency, and still keeping the workforce intact."


Oneonta’s Mayor tells us what it means to the City to keep the workforce intact.

"For the City of Oneonta 175 quality jobs is a large number, and it’s very important to us. We want to see that grow, but you can’t take away the value of 175 jobs. Yes that’s important."


The Corning investment not only supports the local economy, but it’s also a key part in the city’s redevelopment plan.
Jody Zakrevsky says  "The City is also working with the IDA on the whole redevelopment of that area, and we’re continually going to be investing in that area. This year it was designated by the State as the only area in our County that’s an opportunity zone."

The expansion project at Corning may help to bring future manufacturers to the City’s Railyard Redevelopment Project, which is believed to have an estimated investment potential of $115 million. I

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