Updated: December 04, 2019 07:45 PM
Created: December 04, 2019 05:54 PM
FORT EDWARD - WL Plastics makes plastic pipes for industrial and municipal use, including pipes for sewer, water, and energy.
The Texas-based company has eight facilities around the country and they want some property in Fort Edward to be their ninth.
They say they'll invest $17 million in the former GE dewatering facility and hire 50 people.
The Warren-Washington Industrial Development Agency voted unanimously Wednesday afternoon to award the company $2 million in incentives, calling it a good investment in a community that needs the jobs.
However, many of the people gathered at a public meeting of the IDA say they need to know more about the company, its plans, and the environmental impacts of its manufacturing process.
Public hearing this morning in Fort Edward as @WLPlastics seeks tax incentives from Warren-Washington IDA to locate pipe production facility on former GE dewatering facility property. @WNYT pic.twitter.com/UgZGKrKXnp— Mark Mulholland (@MulhollandWNYT) December 4, 2019
"Noise, odor, light the factory from what I understand will be an operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Sleep is not a choice, it is necessary. Breathing is not a choice," said Julia Wilson, the closest neighbor to the property.
Dave O'Brien, Chair of Warren-Washington County IDA, said the economic impact of the 50 good jobs can't be overlooked and the incentive package the agency voted to offer makes good sense. "If we look at $3 million in salaries over the course of 10 years, that's $30 million in salaries and a $2 million investment to have them come into the community, and after 10 years they are going to be paying full value."
A company representative says they hope to close on the property in early 2020 and begin manufacturing there in late 2020.
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