Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that condition monitoring company Qualitrol will expand its operations in the Village of Fairport in Monroe County. The company plans to move its existing manufacturing operations from Quebec, Canada to its Fairport headquarters. The relocation project is expected to create up to 27 new jobs; 215 jobs will be retained. The established company manufactures and distributes partial discharge monitoring, asset protection equipment and information products for the electrical generation, transmission and distribution industries. To help move the project forward, ESD is offering up to $350,000 through the Excelsior Jobs Program in exchange for job creation commitments. The company will finance project upgrades at the Fairport facility that are expected to total more than $360,000. The expansion should be complete in December of 2022. This project complements Finger Lakes Forward, the regionally designed plan which is focused on growing the local economy.
Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "As a successful international company, Qualitrol’s decision to move its Quebec manufacturing operations from Canada to New York reflects the welcoming climate of opportunity in New York State that supports business growth and expansion.”
Established in 1945, Qualitrol provides condition based monitoring across the globe for utility assets. The company manufactures monitoring and protection devices for high value electrical assets and OEM manufacturing companies. Qualitrol provides its customers with products which include Transformers, Switchgear & Breakers, Motors, Hydro Generators, Turbine Generators, Power Grid, Vault Transformers among thousands of other customized services and products.
Jim Niederst, Qualitrol Director of Operations said, “I want to thank the Empire State Development team for helping to bring these new manufacturing jobs to Fairport. Since 1945 Qualitrol has been a jobs generator in Fairport and we remain committed to investing in the area. “
Qualitrol is a subsidiary of the Fortive industrial conglomerate. Besides its locations in New York and Canada, the company maintains operations in Oregon, Northern Ireland, Sweden, India and in the United Kingdom.
Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle said, "Our region continues to experience unprecedented growth in our hi-tech and advanced manufacturing industries and Qualitrol’s decision to continue investing and expanding in our community is further evidence of that fact. This expansion will create new job opportunities with good wages that will strengthen our hard-working families and help maintain our economic momentum for many years to come.”
State Senator Rich Funke said, "This is why we as elected officials need to make sure we work together to provide a business-friendly environment. Companies will choose our region only when they know it's a move they can afford and one that will truly benefit them. Qualitrol's decision to expand to Fairport, which is in the 55th Senate District, is another testament to the strength of our local leaders and their ability to sell our region. "
State Assemblyman Mark Johns said, “It is wonderful news for the region that Qualitrol has decided to expand its operations in Fairport. I am very grateful to Empire State Development for supporting this project. Because of that assistance, this successful international company has committed to creating close to 30 top quality jobs which will help the regional economy continue to grow.”
“The GRE team provided Qualitrol senior leaders with an analysis of labor and infrastructure costs to help them make an informed decision about where to expand their operations,” said Matt Hurlbutt, president and CEO, Greater Rochester Enterprise. “The low cost power and highly skilled workforce available here convinced Qualitrol senior leaders to create new jobs in the Rochester, NY region.”
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Accelerating Finger Lakes Forward
Today’s announcement complements “Finger Lakes Forward,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $5.2 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – investing in key industries including photonics, agriculture and food production, and advanced manufacturing. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Rochester, Batavia and Canandaigua as a destination to grow and invest in.
Now, the region is accelerating Finger Lakes Forward with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 8,200 new jobs. More information is available here.