“We’ve supplied information on other resources that they could secure in Essex County, which are the same resources that they can receive in the other county,” she continued. “In addition, we’ve also supplied them with current available space that potentially could accommodate them.”
‘AFTER THE FACT’
The company plans to build a new facility in Queensbury and consolidate its production and restoration in the same building.
Hacker says the workers can transfer to the new plant in Queensbury when it’s up and running; a search for a site is still under way.
But Scozzafava said he doubts people would make the two-hour round trip every day.
“How many people are going to be able to drive down to someplace in Warren County from Ticonderoga or wherever they’re from; it’s just not going to happen.”
Supervisor Debra Malaney (R-Ticonderoga) said the state award is very controversial.
“When they (Regional Economic Development) got the application, no one was aware they planned on relocating.
“It was after the fact.”
She said the town and IDA have been working with Hacker on facilities expansion since 2011.
“It is extremely frustrating. These Regional Development grant opportunities are relatively new, within the last couple of years, and this situation is the first of its kind.”
SILVER BAY FACILITY
Hacker Boat Co. now produces 15 to 20 boats a year, with prices around $100,000 and up. The move to a larger production facility is expected to create up to 50 more jobs over the next five years.
Hacker Boat also has administrative and sales offices in Hague’s Silver Bay hamlet in Warren County and said recently there were no plans to close the Silver Bay facility, which is located on Lake George.
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