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The Times
  • Utica Alloys moves to Herkimer County to expand operations

  •  Manufacturing in Herkimer County is getting a jolt.

    By mid-July, ELG Utica Alloys will occupy one of two former Herkimer Distribution buildings in the village, bringing its 85 employees from its Rome and Utica facilities to the county.

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  • Manufacturing in Herkimer County is getting a jolt.
    By mid-July, ELG Utica Alloys will occupy one of two former Herkimer Distribution buildings in the village, bringing its 85 employees from its Rome and Utica facilities to the county.
    “We have to move everything in stages because we can’t shut down production,” Vice President Fred Schweizer said.
    Mark Feane, Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency director, said the move not only brings employees to the area to spend money during their breaks or on their way home, it’s a testament to business success in the county.
    “Some (businesses) are adding to the workforce, following the lead of Remington Arms,” he said. “That kind of confidence, when other companies see that, they think they can do it here as well.”
    Remington Arms in Ilion recently landed an $83.9 million contract with the U.S. Army to manufacture more than 100,000 M-4 rifles, in turn creating up to 50 jobs.
    These businesses provide promise for attracting others, Feane said, noting the Frankfort Route 5S Business Park site, nicknamed the “Pumpkin Patch,” is one area they hope to develop.
    Even though manufacturing job numbers have been sliced in half since 1990 in Oneida and Herkimer counties — from 22,600 to 11,000 — those that remain in Herkimer County appear to be stable.
    Utica Alloys is a nickel-based superalloy and titanium processing plant that recycles scrap metals for use by other businesses.
    The move to Herkimer, where nickel-based superalloys will be processed, provides more room for production, and the company will be able to take in more business, Schweizer said. Down the line, employment opportunities might be available, he added. He would not comment on the amount of money the business generates.
    Schweizer said the former Herkimer Distributions site provides more room to work, including ceilings as high as 44 feet.
    “This is really the big plus of this building,” Schweizer said.
    Utica Alloys started renovations in September, Schweizer said, and then began moving its operations in March. He would not disclose the cost of renovations.
    When the move is complete, the Rome location, which Utica Alloys leased, will go back on the market, and Leland Avenue will be used for processing and storage, Schweizer said.
    Mark Vivacqua, superintendent of Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES across the street from the manufacturing site on Gros Boulevard, said it’s nice to see the building occupied again.
    “We’ve had several different businesses next door,” he said. “If anything, it’s good to see the space utilized.”
    Since BOCES prepares students for employment in fields such as science, technology and math, Vivacqua said he’d be interested to see whether internships could be an opportunity in the future.
    “Utica Alloys is compatible with what we have to stress here,” he said, noting that reuse and recycling is a hot topic. Feane said it’s good for the company to have moved to a location that could accommodate all the business’s needs.
    Page 2 of 2 - “They searched sites covering a multitude of counties,” he said. “I think it’s fortunate that they found a site in Herkimer County.”
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