Amada will create almost 20 new jobs at expanded facility

Rocco Laurienzo/Daily News Amada Maintainance Mechanic Howard Wilson and Robert Hollwedel, Alexander Middle School-High School tech teacher, guide students on a tour of the Amada plant in 2017.

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that high-tech tool manufacturer and fabricator Amada Tool America is expanding operations in Batavia, Genesee County, and plans to create 17 new jobs. Sixty-eight jobs will also be retained. New York state has offered up to $150,000 through the Excelsior Jobs Tax Credit program in exchange for those job creation commitments. The total project cost has been placed at $8.8 million.

Amada Tool America is expanding its 53,000-square-foot plant, located on Treadeasy Avenue, in Batavia by up to 19,000 square-feet at a cost of $2.3 million The company will also invest $6.5 million in new machinery and equipment at the site. Already underway, the company expects the project will be completed in 2019. The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) is also assisting with this expansion.

“Amada Tool America’s decision to expand in Genesee County, creating new high-tech manufacturing jobs and opportunity in the Finger Lakes region, reflects the success of our strategic support for growing and revitalizing the Upstate economy,” said Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky.

Ed Dries, COO of Amada Tool America, Inc, said, “We are excited about expanding our local operations here in Upstate New York. I am extremely thankful to the state of New York, Genesee County, GCEDC and the city of Batavia for their coordinated help in bringing the project to fruition. We look forward to a successful new product launch, with production starting in January of 2020.”

Founded more than 70 years ago, the Amada Group is one of the leading international machine tool manufacturers with nearly 8,000 employees worldwide, and North American operations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The company manufactures and offers sheet metal fabricating equipment and automation, tooling (at the Batavia location), and software to its clients worldwide.

State Sen. Michael H. Ranzenhofer said, “I applaud Amada Tool America for investing millions of dollars and creating new jobs. This expansion is helping to grow our local economy and create new jobs for residents in Genesee County.”

State Assemblyman Steven Hawley said, “It is exciting to see homegrown American manufacturing like Amada Tool expanding and creating jobs here in Western New York. The manufacturing sector is a vital part of economic growth as it empowers farming and agriculture, the trades, and a host of other industries. Genesee County has cemented itself as a premiere hub of manufacturing, business and agriculture in our state and I look forward to even more businesses locating and expanding in our community.”

Batavia City Council President Eugene Jankowski Jr. said, “Thank you Amada Tool America for the creation of 17 new jobs and major investment in their Batavia, NY location. This project acknowledges Western New York, Genesee County and Batavia have the talent and the resources necessary to support their continued growth. “

Steven G. Hyde, GCEDC President & CEO said, “This investment being made by Amada North America, an international manufacturing company, demonstrates that Upstate New York, and specifically Genesee County, can compete in the global economy. This investment also demonstrates that Governor Cuomo’s strategy and plan for bringing advanced manufacturing jobs and capital investments to the Finger Lakes region is working. We want to thank Amada North America for their confidence, support and investment in our community.”