Northern Safety Company officially opened its new facility at the West Frankfort Industrial Park on Monday, which will specialize in the personalization and customization of products for customers.
The ribbon cutting included legislators, business officials and Baseball Hall of Famer and company spokesperson Cal Ripken, Jr.
“I didn’t live my life walking on eggshells,” said Ripken, during an interview after the event. He said he instead took safety measures throughout his 21-year career with the Baltimore Orioles, such as wearing batting gloves and other protective gear.
“My job is to help deliver the message of being safe,” he said.
Salvatore Longo, owner and chief executive officer of Northern Safety, said his company purchased the vacant office space at 126 Industrial Park Drive in the West Frankfort Industrial Park and converted it into a 6,500 square-foot manufacturing facility.
“This is just the beginning,” said Longo during the event.
He said 25 people were hired upon the opening of the facility, and “conservatively” predicts that another 50 to 100 people could be hired there within the next few years. The type of jobs would range between sales and manufacturing.
The facility will provide a new service to customers across the country, according to a news release from Northern Safety. Customers will be able to put their logos or safety messages on a variety of products Northern Safety currently sells. It will also offer a selection of T-shirts, polo shirts and pre-designed “safety tees” to reinforce the safety message.
“We’re providing screen printing, pad printing and embroidery service better, faster and cheaper than anyone else in the business,” said Longo, in the news release.
Those invited to the ribbon cutting had a chance to take a tour of the facility beforehand.
“It’s a great attribute for the county,” said Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director John Scarano before Monday’s ribbon cutting. “And, if you’ll excuse the pun, I think you hit a homerun with this.”
Longo said the company funded the majority of the project, but had assistance from the Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency and Empire State Development. The IDA conducted a public hearing in April to offer Northern Safety a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement for the project.
“This is a company that could be located anywhere in the U.S., anywhere in the world,” said Mark Feane, IDA executive director, during the event. He said they are “proud that they call the Mohawk Valley home.”
Northern Safety is a national distributor of safety and industrial supplies. The company currently services over 100,000 customers and employs nearly 500 across its 15 locations. Its other Frankfort location, at 232 Industrial Park Drive, serves as the main call center, operational center and primary distribution center.
Page 2 of 2 - Northern Safety distributes a variety of brand name products, including 3M, Honeywell, DeWalt, Moldex, MSA among others. The company also developed its own line of safety and industrial products under the NS Brand name.
“They go above and beyond to ensure the safety of workers everywhere,” said Ripken in a news release. “And that is such an important message.”