Governor Cuomo announced Tuesday that The Gunlocke Company, a commercial furniture manufacturer in the Southern Tier, has completed a $2.6 million expansion project.
Read more about the project from the following release from the Governor’s Office. You can also watch this clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKJEn7sI9as&feature=youtu.be
The expansion included the creation of 110 jobs at its Wayland facility in Steuben County as a result of a state economic development incentive package. The incentives include a low-cost power allocation from Governor Cuomo’s ReCharge NY program, administered by the New York Power Authority, and a funding award from Empire State Development. Gunlocke is also the first ReCharge NY power recipient to install state-supported electric vehicle charging stations in its employee parking area, directly supporting the Governor’s Charge NY initiative to accelerate the installation of EV charging stations in New York State.
“ReCharge NY is supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs across the state and has been an instrumental piece of the state’s economic success over the last several years,” Governor Cuomo said. “Providing low-cost power to companies like Gunlocke allows them to grow and thrive in New York, spurring the local economy while securing New York’s clean energy future for generations to come.”
“The expansion of Gunlocke Furniture in Wayland is creating new jobs, further proof the Southern Tier is soaring,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “With state support as part of the ReCharge NY program, Gunlocke also installed electric vehicle charging stations at its facility to help advance New York’s clean energy goals. This project will continue to strengthen the economy of Steuben County while helping to ensure a cleaner and greener environment for future generations.”
The Gunlocke facility in Wayland was allocated 1,680 kilowatts of ReCharge NY power from the Governor’s discount power program, which provides qualifying businesses and not-for-profit organizations with lower energy costs in exchange for commitments to retain or create jobs in New York State. The NYPA power allocation and an ESDfunding award of $250,000 are directly tied to the firm’s completed expansion project and job commitments.
The expansion, which utilized existing space at the facility, included the installation of equipment that will allow the firm to increase its chair production volume. The expanded facility is also now able to manufacture additional furniture lines that were formerly produced out of state.