New Facility Will Create More than 160 Jobs; Marks Largest Investment by Crown Holdings in the U.S. in More Than 20 Years
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced Crown Holdings, Inc., a global leader in metal packaging technology, will invest $132 million to build its first new manufacturing facility in the United States in more than 20 years. The company’s new operations, which will be located in Tioga County, will create more than 160 new jobs in the Southern Tier.
“Smart investments in advanced manufacturing are driving growth in the Southern Tier and further cementing New York’s position as a global leader in 21st-century technology and innovation,” Governor Cuomo said. “This new facility will create good-paying jobs in the Southern Tier and will help move the region forward.”
“We are very excited to be able to further expand the company’s operations in the northeast United States, and we are pleased to be working closely in partnership with New York’s Empire State Development, Tioga County, the Town of Nichols and NYSEG to establish this best-in-class facility,”Djalma Novaes, President of Crown’s Americas Division said.
Crown Holdings is a publicly-traded company that services a broad spectrum of markets – both nationally and internationally – in the beverage, food, health and beauty, household, industrial, luxury good, and promotional industries. Crown’s headquarters are located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and the company employs approximately 23,000 people worldwide.
The company’s new facility will be located at the Tioga County Industrial Park in the Town of Nichols. Crown Holdings will invest $132.8 million to build the new two-line beverage can manufacturing facility, and create at least 164 new jobs by 2018. The expansion will increase the company’s current production capacity for specialty beverage cans, allowing them to better service strategic North American markets. Crown’s presence in New York also provides the potential for further development in the Southern Tier.
New York was in direct competition with other states for the company’s new manufacturing facility. Crown Holdings made it clear that incentives offered by the respective states were key to their considerations during the site selection process; and as such, New York offered a package of performance-based incentives. This includes up to $8.1 million in Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits and a capital grant of up to $6.9 million. In return, the company plans to invest heavily in the new facility and create and maintain at least 164 new jobs in the Southern Tier.
The project is also receiving local support in the form of a PILOT through the Tioga County Industrial Development Agency. Additionally, Crown Holdings has been working with New York State Electric & Gas Corporation (NYSEG) to facilitate utility installations at the project site, and NYSEG will provide an economic development Energy Infrastructure Grant to assist with these efforts.
This project directly aligns with the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council’s Strategic Plan; specifically, efforts to build up the region’s advanced manufacturing sector and establish it as a global leader for next generation development. The project works in direct coordination with the region's Opportunity Agenda to move impoverished populations into the workforce by pursuing projects and initiatives that create opportunity for new jobs and skills training. Furthermore, this project advances both the governor's Opportunity Initiative and the Global NY Initiative in the Southern Tier, generating new economic opportunities while expanding exports and foreign investment.
"We join our community partners in welcoming Crown to Tioga County and the Southern Tier. Crown's excellent reputation and the quality jobs they will offer will make the company a key player in the local economy," said Mark S. Lynch, president and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E. “We are pleased to support Crown’s electricity and natural gas infrastructure needs. Further, we will provide Crown with grant assistance through our decades-long economic development program that helps businesses grow and create jobs. Recognizing the benefits this project brings to the region makes us especially pleased to be involved."
“Tioga County is extremely pleased that Crown Holdings has decided to build their plant in Tioga County, providing new jobs and new opportunity for our residents here and throughout the Southern Tier,” said Martha Sauerbrey, Chair, Tioga County Legislature. “There has been a great deal of support from both the State and Local level to make this project work and it’s a testament to the fact that when people work together, great things can happen!”
"I am excited to welcome the Crown Holdings to Tioga County and look forward to partnering with the owners of the company and the governor to ensure their success,” said Senator Fred Akshar. “I hope this move will serve as a catalyst for even more economic development and job creation in our region and I will continue to work with the Governor to make sure that it does."
"The addition of Crown's manufacturing facility in Tioga County with 160 new jobs is a great start to 2016. The Southern Tier has been struggling since the 2011 flood,” said Assemblyman Chris Friend.“Thanks to the efforts of local leaders like Lee Ann Tinney, Tioga County continues to add and diversify its economic opportunities. Looking ahead, I look forward to working with the Governor to ensure that we continue to expand economic development and job growth in the Southern Tier."
“The IDA is pleased to have Crown Holdings select the Southern Tier as its new home, right here in Tioga County,” said Ralph Kelsey, Tioga County IDA Board Chair. “The opportunity to have an established manufacturing firm build and expand in the Northeast does not happen very often, but it is now. We are very much looking forward to a great and long term relationship.”