While some might be superstitious about Friday the 13th, officials in Warren County say they couldn't be luckier on this Friday after welcoming the announcement of a major business to Queensbury. YNN's Erin Moran has more.
QUEENSBURY, N.Y. -- Hacker Boat Company, a builder of classic mahogany boats, revealed its plans Friday for a brand new $3 million manufacturing, boat restoration and office facility at the Queensbury Business Park.
The new 90,000 square foot facility will be the second tenant of the Queensbury Business Park and will replace two smaller facilities the company has in Ticonderoga.
“It affords us the opportunity to grow and it gives us a facility where we have two or three businesses under one roof. That's the big thing for us. It's an efficient way for us to run our business and it's an easier way for us to grow our business,” said George Badcock, President and CEO of Hacker-Craft.
Hacker Boat Company has been working with the Warren County Economic Development Corporation for nearly two years on this agreement. And while Badcock said the company looked at other sites in New York and out of state, the Queensbury location, which is just south of the Warren County Airport, was too convenient to pass up.
“We do have a lot of people come in on private aircrafts, we have a lot of people that come into Albany and drive up the Northway. It’s flat land, we don't have to do a lot of demolition of trees and things of that nature. We felt that it's a good opportunity,” said Badcock.
The company plans to nearly double its staff from around 45 employees to 80.
Warren County EDC President Ed Bartholomew said news like this is significant for the North Country and will hopefully attract more businesses to the Queensbury Business Park.
“We all recognize when a business locates for instance in Queensbury as this is, people are going to make a selection to live in Warren County, they may live in Washington County. So the real key is to bring in and attract an industry or expand business into an area that will have benefits from employment, benefits from residential living, as well as consumer spending,” said Bartholomew.
Construction on the new facility is set to begin later this year.