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January 3, 2013

Hacker Boat is leaving Ticonderoga

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TICONDEROGA —

“We have asked them to turn that back over to PRIDE, at some point. We haven’t received an answer yet.”

PRIDE took ownership of the building after Newberry’s closed in the 1990s and later transferred it to Hacker. Rawley said they still have work going on at the Montcalm Street site.

‘TOO FAR’

Hacker Boat Co. had initially announced it was asking for $1.1 million in state funding toward its proposed relocation to a vacant building on Carey Road in Queensbury, west of Adirondack Northway Exit 18.

Made a priority project by the Capital Region Council, it was awarded a little more half the requested sum when the state made its announcement of funding to councils around the state in December.

Rawley said they were very pleased with the funding they received.

The timetable for getting the new facility up and running in Queensbury hasn’t been hammered down yet, he said, though they expect it to happen sometime this year.

“The rationale (for closing shop in Ticonderoga) is we’re expanding internationally and building bigger boats — that’s the goal,” Rawley said.

At present, the company is constructing a tender for a mega-yacht in Europe, he said. The firm hopes to build coastal cruisers in the 30-to-45-foot range, as well, he said.

Many Hacker-Craft customers fly into Albany International Airport and travel from there to the plant to select and order construction of a boat.

Rawley said it isn’t convenient for clients, some of whom come from Europe, to travel the extra distance to Ticonderoga.

“It’s a long way.”

— News Editor Suzanne Moore contributed to this report.

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