Wireless Communication Equipment Manufacturer Moves Operations from Maryland to Central New York Expansion Creates and Retains More Than 600 Jobs Investment Complements “Central NY Rising” – Region’s Successful Upstate Revitalization Strategy to Grow the Economy and Create New Opportunities
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the expansion of wireless communication equipment maker John Mezzalingua Associates LLC’s headquarters in Central New York. The company moved its antenna systems group operations from Maryland to its headquarters in Liverpool, Onondaga County earlier this year. The project involved building renovations, new construction, and the purchasing of new machinery and equipment. The move has already allowed the company to create 288 new full-time jobs, adding to its existing workforce of 319 in Central New York. The expansion complements the Central New York Rising economic development plan which is working to create opportunities throughout the region.
"JMA's expansion in Onondaga County is a testament to the success of our regionally-focused economic development strategy, and sends a clear signal that Central New York is open for business," Governor Cuomo said. "By putting in place policies that attract businesses who want to grow and expand in our communities, we are continuing our economic momentum and creating jobs across Upstate New York."
JMA Wireless is a leading global innovator in mobile wireless connectivity solutions that ensure infrastructure reliability, streamline service operations, and maximize wireless performance. In addition to the Liverpool headquarters, the company also maintains R&D Centers in Richmond, VA, Chicago, IL as well as operations in Bologna, Italy and the Netherlands. Founded only four and a half years ago, JMA has more than 1000 employees, with 700 in New York State.
JMA Wireless Chief Executive Officer John Mezzalingua said, “As an innovator of wireless technology with deep roots in Central New York, we are proud to build and expand our company here in Central New York. Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s economic development initiatives, we have been able to add jobs and make significant investments not only in our company but in our community.”
"JMA's expansion in Onondaga County is a testament to the success of our regionally-focused economic development strategy, and sends a clear signal that Central New York is open for business."
JMA manufactures and supplies connectors, components, RF repeaters, and active distributed antenna systems that protect and enhance the integrity of wireless signal. Its products include compression connectors that provide water-tight connection for wireless operators, wireless coverage and capacity systems, which are multi-band single and multi-operator modular systems that provide a range of solutions for cellular coverage and capacity distribution, weather protection systems that protect connector base metals from exposure to moisture, salts, and abrasive particles and tested factory made jumpers.
To encourage JMA to move its out of state operations to Onondaga County, Empire State Development will provide incentives of up to $8 million, with $5 million through a Capital Grant and $3 million through the Excelsior Jobs Program in exchange for job commitments. The total project cost is estimated at a little over $34 million.
Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “The Central New York Region is home to an experienced high-tech workforce and it's a perfect environment for JMA to continue to grow its operation. Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York has significantly improved the business climate for high-tech manufacturers, resulting in companies that are busy creating jobs in support of our innovation economy.”
Central New York Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chairs CenterState CEO Rob Simpson and SUNY Upstate Medical University President Dr. Danielle Laraque-Arena said, “The decision by JMA to continue to grow its business in Central New York only serves to reinforce the efforts of the council and the CNYRising initiative. The move will allow the company to take full advantage of the area’s highly skilled workforce and will serve to bolster our efforts to move the region in the right direction as we continue to invest in solid companies that are busy creating jobs here.”
Assemblyman Al Stirpe said, "JMA’s decision to expand in Central New York is a tremendous success for our region and for the entire state. This will create hundreds of new full-time jobs and will contribute to our strong economic development efforts throughout the region. I commend Governor Cuomo’s commitment to creating jobs in Central New York and supporting this bright new opportunity for success.”
Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney said, "Thanks to Governor Cuomo’s transformative economic development initiatives, Central New York is emerging as an economic hub. The expansion and relocation of major businesses like John Mezzalingua Associates helps to create jobs and is proof of the success of those initiatives. I applaud Governor Cuomo’s tireless commitment to creating new opportunities and strengthening our economy by bringing successful manufacturing firms to Central New York and to all of New York State.”
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Accelerating Central NY Rising
Today's announcement complements “Central NY Rising,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested nearly $3 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. 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 Syracuse, Oswego and Auburn as a destination to grow and invest in.
Now, the region is accelerating Central NY Rising 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 5,900 new jobs. More information is available here.