April 25, 2018
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Dick's Sporting Goods to Add Ecommerce Fulfillment Center at Conklin Distribution Site in Broome County

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Continued State Investment Complements "Southern Tier Soaring" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc., the nation's leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer, has plans to construct the Company's first-ever in-house eCommerce fulfillment center. The company will construct an approximate 245,000 square-foot addition to its recently opened distribution center in Broome County Corporate Park in the Town of Conklin, Broome County. The expansion will lead to the creation of additional full-time jobs, totaling more than 500 new, full-time jobs at the site over the next five years. The latest state investment in the successful company is aligned with Southern Tier Soaring, the regionally-designed, comprehensive strategy to revitalize communities and grow the economy.

 

"DICK's Sporting Goods' continued growth means more new jobs for the Southern Tier, proving once again that public-private investment strategies are working to help ensure the entire region soars," Governor Cuomo said. "This expansion is one more step towards building a stronger, more prosperous New York for all."

 

In the summer of 2016, Governor Cuomo announced that DICK'S would open a new distribution center in the Southern Tier. That new facility officially opened its doors in January of this year. The distribution and fulfillment centers will serve to further strengthen the Company's roots in Binghamton, where it was founded seventy years ago by Dick Stack.

 

"As chair of the Regional Economic Development Councils I have a front row seat to the work being done to create jobs throughout the Southern Tier," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "Today's announcement is a major step forward for Broome County, and I thank DICK'S Sporting Goods for their significant investment. I was proud to join them back in January at a ribbon cutting to celebrate their distribution facility, and their new fulfillment center is a continuation of their confidence in the Southern Tier economy. Our state's focus on creating jobs upstate continues to deliver results for the people of the Southern Tier, a region that is soaring like never before."

 

DICK'S Sporting Goods Senior Vice President of Supply Chain George Giacobbe said "We're thrilled to expand our footprint in our company's hometown of Binghamton, NY with the addition of our first-ever in-house eCommerce Fulfillment Center. It's a proud moment for our entire company. We also want to thank everyone involved in this entire project for all their hard work in making both the Distribution Center and Fulfillment Center here in Binghamton become a reality and recognize the great partnership with New York State and Broome County governments. The work being done here is a great example of the public and private sectors partnering for the benefit of local communities."

 

DICK'S Sporting Goods has grown to be a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories in its more than 715 stores across the country. DICK'S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream specialty stores, as well as DICK'S Team Sports HQ, an all-in-one youth sports digital platform offering free league management services.

 

To encourage the Company's continued expansion in the region, Empire State Development will provide up to $1.2 million through the Excelsior Tax Credit program. Previously announced state investments in the sporting goods retailer include $5.25 million through a Southern Tier Soaring Upstate Revitalization Initiative grant, and up to $6 million through the Excelsior Jobs Program in exchange for the job commitments.

 

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "DICK's new ecommerce center further builds on their investment in Broome County and is another clear sign that the economic strategy developed by the Southern Tier Economic Development Council is working to attract private investment, create jobs and grow the regional economy."

 

Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chairs Tom Tranter, President of Corning Enterprises and Harvey Stenger, President of Binghamton University said, "The Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council is so proud to further support an established company like DICK'S Sporting Goods, which has committed to creating hundreds of new jobs in the region. This project is tangible proof that the Southern Tier Soaring economic development plan is working."

 

Senator Fred Akshar said, "We need to always be looking toward the future in economic opportunities for the Southern Tier, and an eCommerce fulfillment center is a great move for DICK's Sporting Goods and their continued commitment to our community."

 

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo said, "Adding more jobs to the region is always welcome news. This is another example of successful public-private partnerships being supported by the Regional Economic Development Councils. I appreciate the Governor's ongoing commitment to this region."

 

Assemblyman Clifford Crouch said, "I am thrilled to see Dick's Sporting Goods continuing to invest in the Southern Tier," said Crouch. "The creation of the new eCommerce Fulfillment Center in Conklin will bring more full-time jobs to the area over the next five years, providing more opportunities for area residents. I am always happy to see continued development in our region, and I am truly thankful for the "Southern Tier Soaring" initiative, which is growing our local economy with every investment."

 

Broome County Executive Jason Garnar said, "We are proud to be home to DICK'S Sporting Goods first-ever in-house eCommerce Fulfillment Center. The successful company continues to invest in Broome County and we cannot thank them enough for believing enough in our area to continue to expand operations here and create hundreds of jobs to boost our economy."

 

For more information about DICK'S Sporting Goods, 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 $4.6 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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