The Capital Region has a rich business history. What started from the hustle and bustle of the largest factories has now shifted to the smallest of technologies. In this week's Capital Region Business Beat, Jon Dougherty reports on a Cohoes company that builds robots that produce items we use every day.
COHOES, N.Y. -- For more than 20 years, Precision Valve and Automation (PVA) has called the Capital Region home.
"This is very much a traditional manufacturing company. We bring in metal in raw form in one door and robots go out the other and everything in between," said PVA President & CEO Anthony Hynes.
PVA was started in 1992 in Hynes' home. It's also been located in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's (RPI) Incubator Center, and in Halfmoon before moving to its 105,000 square foot headquarters in Cohoes three years ago.
"We build production equipment for people who want to make a lot of something very accurately," Hynes said.
PVA makes the machines that help make products we use on a daily basis, including the iPhone.
"We do two things on the iPhone. One is bonding the glass into the bezel which is the frame that holds it. The other thing is bonding the brackets to the housing on the inside which allows it to be a two piece phone that you snap together without any fasteners," said Hynes.
PVA's machines also help build items like car dashboards, coffee makers, airplane instrument panels and basically anything plastic that needs to be bonded.
PVA employs 170 people and their machines can be found all over the world.
In its 22 year history, PVA has built more than 5,000 high tech machines.
Their employees enjoy perks including a health center with an on-staff nurse, a physical therapy program, a lunchroom with a full-time chef, and a barber all located inside their Cohoes headquarters.
"It's created an environment that we all want to be in everyday and that really has been the best part of the 20 year journey," said Hynes.
PVA also has support locations in Asia and Mexico. Hynes, who grew up just over the border in Western Massachusetts, said the Capital Region is where the company will continue to grow.
"Actually making something and shipping it to somewhere else and bringing the money back here to your local community. I think that's the most important takeaway from all of this," Hynes said.
For more information on PVA go to www.pva.net .
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