North Country Manufacturing Company Expanding, Will Mean Job Growth

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In Consumer Matters, job growth and business expansion in the North Country.  Manufacturing has become the back-bone of the Plattsburgh region, and one 30 year old company is looking to back that up.  You may not know their name, but you probably should.

“This is existing warehouse infrastructure and they’re expanding a two story, 200,000 square foot space on this parcel,” pointed out Plattsburgh Town Planner Trevor Cole, will looking over a handful of blueprints.

Business is booming in Plattsburgh.  “For us it was just a question of time, when do we need to have this expansion.  Now is the time for us to invest,” stated Marco Ludwig, CEO of Schluter Systems of North America.  The Germany-based company manufactures and distributes tile installation products globally.  It’s been in Plattsburgh for nearly 30 years, employing almost 400 people.  

The company has grown steadily for years, and 2016-2017 will bring one of the largest expansions yet, at the 40 acre location.  “Our current facilities are a little stretched, so we need that space to enable us to grow in the future.  Especially in the warehouse, but also on the production side,” said Ludwig.  “We evaluate their campus out there based on a holistic approach of how it will function, can you get employees in and out, products in and out safely, and can you sever the site with utilities,” added Cole.

As a Senior Town Planner, Cole is coordinating the 45 thousand square foot, and 200 thousand square foot expansion for Schluter.  “We continually want to be a partner in growing jobs and growing good jobs in the area, high paying jobs, quality jobs,” he said.

“We believe this is definitely a good sign for the economy, and for everybody, the whole population here in the North Country,” explained Ludwig.  The $22 million investment will mean 40 to 50 new jobs for the area.  Ludwig calls his company a sleeping giant.  He acknowledges while some haven’t heard of it, he knows how dedicated his workers are.

Both expansions will be LEED certified.  Empire State Development will provide up to $600,000 in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits in return for Schluter’s commitment to create those 40-50 new jobs and retain 236 of their current employees long term in Clinton County.

Work has already begun on the Schluter Systems expansions.  It’ll be added production and warehouse space.  Ludwig expects the work to finish next fall.
 

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