May 9, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Crown Holdings Officially Opens New Manufacturing Plant in the Southern Tier

Governor Cuomo Announces Crown Holdings Officially Opens New Manufacturing Plant in the Southern Tier

$150 Million Investment in Tioga County Will Create More Than 160 New Jobs A Photo of the New Manufacturing Facility is Available Here Investment Further Supports "Southern Tier Soaring" – Region's Successful Upstate Revitalization Initiative Blueprint to Grow the Economy and Create New Opportunities

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Crown Holdings, Inc., a global leader in metal packaging technology, has officially opened its Tioga County manufacturing operations in the company's first newly constructed U.S. facility in more than two decades. Crown has invested more than $150 million to build the facility, which will enable the creation of more than 160 new jobs by 2018.

"Through innovative and strategic investments in advanced manufacturing, New York is driving economic growth in the Southern Tier and across the state," Governor Cuomo said. "Crown Holdings' new facility will create good-paying jobs in Tioga County, advance the state's growing manufacturing industry, and support a stronger, more viable economy for years to come."

Coinciding with Crown's 125th anniversary, the company's new facility is now operating in the Tioga County Industrial Park in the Town of Nichols. The plant will enable the company to increase production capacity for specialty beverage cans in order to better service strategic North American markets. Crown's presence in New York also provides the potential for further development in the area as part of the Southern Tier Soaring regional economic development initiative.

In order to encourage Crown Holdings to move forward with the project in the Southern Tier, Empire State Development has offered performance-based incentives, including up to $8.1 million in Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits and a grant of up to $6.9 million. The company committed to invest more than $150 million in the new facility and create and maintain at least 164 new jobs in the Southern Tier. The incentives offered by the state were a key factor in Crown's decision to build in Upstate New York.

The project also received local support from the Tioga County Industrial Development Agency and from New York State Electric & Gas Corporation, which facilitated utility installations at the project site, and is providing an economic development Energy Infrastructure Grant to assist with these efforts.

New York State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon, who spoke at today's event said, "The jobs of tomorrow are being created before our very eyes. I applaud the Governor's commitment to this region and today's announcement is further proof that the Southern Tier Soaring economic development plan is a sound one. As our economy grows, the Department of Labor stands ready to serve as the connection between local job seekers and the private sector companies that are increasingly expanding in and relocating to the State of New York."

Timothy J. Donahue, President and Chief Executive Officer of Crown said, "This new facility reflects Crown's commitment to support its customers with capacity when and where they need it and underscores our philosophy of delivering innovative metal packaging that responds to demands of modern consumers. On behalf of Crown, I would like to thank our many partners that supported this initiative, including New York’s Empire State Development, Tioga County, the Town of Nichols and New York State Electric & Gas Corporation."

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "Crown Holdings' decision to choose Tioga County to build its first new U.S. plant in decades demonstrates the tangible success being generated by the Southern Tier Soaring economic development plan. Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, we are attracting major projects and significant private sector investment, which is leading to new jobs while growing local and regional economies throughout New York State."

Mark S. Lynch, President & CEO of NYSEG and RG&E said, "NYSEG is pleased to support Crown's growth and development in Tioga County and the Southern Tier. Since 2010, NYSEG and RG&E have provided more than $75 million to growing companies across New York through our economic development programs."

Senator Fred Akshar said, "We're thrilled to see new doors open to opportunity in Tioga County through Crown Holdings. Economic growth like this is only possible thanks to the hard work and tenacity of our local community leaders. I applaud Economic Development Director Lee Ann Tinney, the Tioga County IDA, our local Empire State Development staff and our local elected officials for working closely together for years to help transform a possibility into a tangible success story."

Assemblyman Chris Friend said, "When an international corporation makes a commitment to our community such as this impressive new facility, it is a wonderful reminder and affirmation of all we have to offer. Our people and community resources offer a strong world-class competitive asset that we are proud and grateful to be recognized."

Martha Sauerbrey, Chair, Tioga County Legislature said, "It was in June of 2015 that Tioga County first planted the seeds of our partnership with Crown Cork and Seal, and I anticipate that we will continue to nurture this relationship in the coming years. I am pleased to officially welcome Crown Cork and Seal to Tioga County as we look forward to celebrating their great results and important achievements in the Southern Tier."

Ralph Kelsey, Tioga County IDA Board Chair said, "For the Tioga County IDA it has been exciting to have been a part of a project such as Crown Cork & Seal. The capital investment Crown has made in Tioga County, and the jobs that have come along with the investment, will have a positive financial impact on all of us for years to come. What we see here today only came about because of people like Lee Ann Tinney and her staff, as well as, Bryant Myers who worked hard as a team to pull various organizations and state agencies together to make this project happen."

The project directly aligns with the Southern Tier Soaring regional economic development plan; specifically, efforts to build up the region's advanced manufacturing sector and establish it as a global leader for next generation development.

Crown Holdings, which employs approximately 23,000 people worldwide, services a broad spectrum of markets – both nationally and internationally – in the beverage, food, health and beauty, household, industrial, luxury goods and promotional industries. Crown's headquarters are located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For more information about Crown Holdings, Inc. click here.

Accelerating Southern Tier Soaring
Today's announcement complements “Southern Tier Soaring the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $3.1 billion in the region since 2012 to lay for groundwork for the plan – attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Binghamton, Johnson City and Corning as a destination in which to grow and invest. Now, the region is accelerating Southern Tier Soaring with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 10,200 new jobs. More information is available here.


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