NEW BERLIN, NY -- Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul toured businesses across Central New York in an effort to promote local manufacturing companies.
Hochul visited Chobani in New Berlin on Wednesday. Mark Broadhurst, senior directior of government affairs for Chobani, spoke with Hochul during the visit. He said the company employs 700 in the New Berlin location and 1,200 across the state.
"People have an opportunity to work and good paying jobs and have an opportunity to raise a family," Hochul said. "But also be part of a corporate culture which is so giving back to the community and investing in employees and having a reputation of really looking out for the individuals who work here."
Hochul also toured Corning Inc. in Oneonta. The manufacturing plant specializes in glass, plastic moldings in the medical industry, and research development. Hochol said more people learn the skills necessary to pursue these types of careers.
"It's an issue that affected a lot of companies, they have a older workforce," she said. "A lot of people started in the '60s and '70s are retiring now, we need to encourage the millennials and younger kids in high school to go to a BOCES program and learn about great opportunities to work using their hands and their minds and be part of a great manufacturing tradition that we have here in the Southern Tier."
Both Chobani and Corning have benefited from state grants to continue to employ hundreds of local people.