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A major aerospace company is moving part of their operation to the Town of Wallkill. And as Time Warner Cable News Reporter Meredith Zaritheny explains, the company is bringing more jobs, with them.
WALLKILL, N.Y. -- "It's huge it's one of the largest corporations to make the decision to come to the Town of Wallkill," said Dan Depew, Town of Wallkill Supervisor.
Pratt & Whitney a leading manufacturer of jet engines and population systems is moving part of their operation to the Town of Wallkill.
"It's just a wonderful way to start the year," said Steve Neuhaus, Orange County Executive.
Town of Wallkill Supervisor Dan Depew along with Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus and others announce a move Monday, that they say will create more than 100 labor, manufacturing and research and development jobs.
"Helping the local economy with sales taxes and people who might be on unemployment it just has so many ancillary effects," said Neuhaus.
Pratt & Whitney is moving into this 70,000 square foot building on Tower Drive, spending $140 million outfitting and upgrading the facility. The company also applied to the Town Planning Board to build an almost 6 thousand square foot addition.
"It's a step in the right direction and the use of existing inventory and buildings that's always positive," said Depew.
Working closely with the Orange County Industrial Development Agency, the Town of Wallkill beat out towns in three other states including Connecticut, Maine and Pennsylvania to bring Pratt & Whitney to the area.
"It was jobs to us and that's what we're all about creating jobs economic development in the County," said Bob Armistead, Orange County Industrial Development Agency Chairman.
County Executive Neuhaus hopes Pratt & Whitney's move will inspire more companies to follow.
"Just shows Orange County is open for business," said Neuhaus.