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August 21, 2012

Bombardier to move forward with major expansion

Expansion project to cost nearly $25M

PLATTSBURGH — Bombardier Transportation will move forward with a large expansion of its manufacturing facility in the City of Plattsburgh.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the project Monday afternoon. 

Bombardier was awarded $2.5 million as a priority project when the North Country Regional Economic Development Council announced it was to receive $103.2 million earlier this year for 70 funding requests. The entire expansion is expected to cost nearly $25 million.

The company plans to expand its main plant by 80,000 square feet and the nearby test facility by 2,100 square feet to accommodate longer cars and additional testing capacity, both of which will lead to increased efficiency, flexibility and capacity for new contracts, officials say. 

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams said the Regional Council initiative gives globally-recognized companies like Bombardier the support they need to create jobs and get local economies back on track. 

“As a leader in transportation manufacturing, who recently signed a contract with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to manufacture 300 subway cars in Plattsburgh, Bombardier will now be able to ... better position themselves to meet the needs of its customers and compete in the national and international marketplace,” he said in a press release. “Empire State Development is pleased to play a role in this critical expansion project and continue to deliver on our promise of support for existing businesses like Bombardier.”

‘PREEMINENCE’

“The positive impact of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council continues to be felt across the region and the rest of New York state,” Cuomo said in a  press release. “With the support of a $2.5 million grant from the Regional Council, Bombardier Transportation is investing 10 times that amount in our state, creating and retaining nearly 400 jobs for the North Country.” 

Clarkson University President Tony Collins, co-chair of the council, said the announcement shows its positive across the North Country.

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