TICONDEROGA — Hacker Boat Co. is using a $600,000 state grant to move from Ticonderoga to Queensbury for a facility expansion.
The move means the loss of 38 jobs in Ticonderoga, although workers will be offered a chance to transfer to the Queensbury plant expected to be built this year, Hacker spokesman Kenneth J. Rawley said Wednesday.
“We expect that most of them are going to work in Queensbury,” said Rawley, who is in charge of sales and marketing for Hacker. “We’re working on a number of ways to make that happen.”
Hacker Boat is making the move to Queensbury in Warren County to meet demands for manufacturing larger boats, company officials said. The firm says it will invest $5.4 million and create 31 new jobs at a 116,400-square-foot facility there.
A press release from the Capital Region Economic Development Council had said the $600,000 grant awarded to Hacker was so the boatbuilder could expand its current facilities in Ticonderoga, but it turned out the release was referring to the relocation to Queensbury, PRIDE of Ticonderoga Executive Director Sharon Reynolds said.
“We tried to convince Hacker to stay in Ticonderoga. They were committed to moving.”
FORMER NEWBERRY STORE
The company is presently manufacturing Hacker-Craft boats in the former Delmar Box plant on Delano Road in Ticonderoga and has another facility in Hague’s Silver Bay hamlet on Lake George. There are no plans, at this point, to close the Hacker facility in Silver Bay, Rawley said.
Company offices, the showroom and a marina are located there.
The 32,000-square-foot plant on Delano Road is used for construction of the firm’s luxury mahogany motorboats.
Hacker already appears to be winding down use of its 11,400-square-foot Montcalm Street facility in Ticonderoga, the former J.J. Newberry Store, which was used for repairs and restorations, Reynolds said.