Hacker Boat is leaving Ticonderoga

Hacker Boat is leaving Ticonderoga

There are 15 comments on the pressrepublican.com story from Jan 2, 2013, titled Hacker Boat is leaving Ticonderoga. In it, pressrepublican.com reports that:

By LOHR McKINSTRY Press-Republican

TICONDEROGA — Hacker Boat Co. is using a $600,000 state grant to move from Ticonderoga to Queensbury for a facility expansion. The move means the loss of 38 jobs in Ticonderoga, although workers will be offered a chance to transfer to the Queensbury plant expected to be built this year, Hacker spokesman Kenneth J. Rawley said Wednesday. “We expect that most of them are going to work in Queensbury,” said Rawley, who is in charge of sales and marketing for Hacker. “We’re working on a number of ways to make that happen.” Hacker Boat is making the move to Queensbury in Warren County to meet demands for manufacturing larger boats, company officials said.

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#1 Jan 2, 2013
By LOHR McKINSTRY
Press-Republican

TICONDEROGA — Hacker Boat Co. is using a $600,000 state grant to move from Ticonderoga to Queensbury for a facility expansion. The move means the loss of 38 jobs in Ticonderoga, although workers will be offered a chance to transfer to the Queensbury plant expected to be built this year, Hacker spokesman Kenneth J. Rawley said Wednesday.“We expect that most of them are going to work in Queensbury,” said Rawley, who is in charge of sales and marketing for Hacker.“We’re working on a number of ways to make that happen.” Hacker Boat is making the move to Queensbury in Warren County to meet demands for manufacturing larger boats, company officials said.The firm says it will invest $5.4 million and create 31 new jobs at a 116,400-square-foot facility there. A press release from the Capital Region Economic Development Council had said the $600,000 grant awarded to Hacker was so the boatbuilder could expand its current facilities in Ticonderoga, but it turned out the release was referring to the relocation to Queensbury, PRIDE of Ticonderoga Executive Director Sharon Reynolds said.“We tried to convince Hacker to stay in Ticonderoga. They were committed to moving.”

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#2 Jan 2, 2013
FORMER NEWBERRY STORE

The company is presently manufacturing Hacker-Craft boats in the former Delmar Box plant on Delano Road in Ticonderoga and has another facility in Hague’s Silver Bay hamlet on Lake George. There are no plans at this point to close the Hacker facility in Silver Bay, Rawley said.

Company offices, the showroom and a marina are located there. The 32,000-square-foot plant on Delano Road is used for construction of the firm’s luxury mahogany motorboats. Hacker already appears to be winding down use of its 11,400-square-foot Montcalm Street facility in Ticonderoga, the former J.J. Newberry Store, which was used for repairs and restorations, Reynolds said.“We have asked them to turn that back over to PRIDE at some point. We haven’t received an answer yet.” PRIDE took ownership of the building after Newberry’s closed in the 1990s and later transferred it to Hacker. Rawley said they still have work going on at the Montcalm Street site.

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#3 Jan 2, 2013
'TOO FAR'

Hacker Boat Co. had initially announced it was asking for $1.1 million in state funding toward its proposed relocation to a vacant building on Carey Road in Queensbury, west of Adirondack Northway Exit 18. Made a priority project by the Capital Region Council, it was awarded a little more half the requested sum when the state made its announcement of funding to councils around the state in December. Rawley said they were very pleased with the funding they received. The timetable for getting the new facility up and running in Queensbury hasn’t been hammered down yet, he said, though they expect it to happen sometime this year.“The rationale (for closing shop in Ticonderoga) is we’re expanding internationally and building bigger boats — that’s the goal,” Rawley said. At present, the company is constructing a tender for a mega-yacht in Europe, he said. The firm hopes to build coastal cruisers in the 30-to-45-foot range as well, he said. Many Hacker-Craft customers fly into Albany International Airport and travel from there to the plant to select and order construction of a boat.

Rawley said it isn’t convenient for clients, some of whom come from Europe, to travel the extra distance to Ticonderoga.“It’s a long way.”

News Editor Suzanne Moore contributed to this report.
No Surprise

Ticonderoga, NY

#4 Jan 3, 2013
Take the 600K and run Hacker. You screwed the town with the Newberry deal. Hopefully someday you'll get the same screwing.
Locked and Loaded

Queensbury, NY

#5 Jan 3, 2013
No Surprise wrote:
Take the 600K and run Hacker. You screwed the town with the Newberry deal. Hopefully someday you'll get the same screwing.
They should be made to clean up their mess before abandoning the building, so as the taxpayers have to pay for it.
lmfao

Kingston, OK

#6 Jan 3, 2013
All that works there are drug users, sex offenders or people who have been in jail befor losers i guess i am trying to say
hacker

Ticonderoga, NY

#7 Jan 3, 2013
lmfao wrote:
All that works there are drug users, sex offenders or people who have been in jail befor losers i guess i am trying to say
If that's the case than what do you predict will happen to these people? Sounds like unemployable and public assistance so I will be supporting them. Terrific. Any time any business, if it employs 2 or 42 leaves it places a drain on our local economy, not exactly something to be happy about.
Two sides

San Diego, CA

#8 Jan 3, 2013
We can HOPE that the loser, sex offender, jailbirds will move on. Unlikely, but we can hope.

They probably will end up welfare losers--you're right about that. Like we need MORE of those.
hacker wrote:
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If that's the case than what do you predict will happen to these people? Sounds like unemployable and public assistance so I will be supporting them. Terrific. Any time any business, if it employs 2 or 42 leaves it places a drain on our local economy, not exactly something to be happy about.
SAD 1

Chestertown, NY

#9 Jan 3, 2013
No matter what these people have done...At Least they were working...tha's more than I can say for some of you!!
Spike

Mechanicville, NY

#10 Jan 4, 2013
Why does a successful maker of high-end luxury yachts for the elite need a taxpayer grant from a broke state to expand??
abuse

South Glens Falls, NY

#11 Jan 4, 2013
So, the Governor's idea of economic development is to throw state grant funds at a profitable business so that it can move jobs from one region to another?

Sure, Hacker should be allowed to move it's business whereever it wants to adjust to market conditions. But it should do so on it's own nickel.

We should all be sending thank you letters to Governor Cuomo for his thoughtfulness. What a boondoggle!?!?!
Spike

Mechanicville, NY

#12 Jan 6, 2013
Governor Cuomo would love to be El Presidente' Cuomo, and he is JUST beginning to throw unimportant New Yorkers under the campaign bus on the road to that goal.
Leadership

Ticonderoga, NY

#13 Jan 7, 2013
Let's thank him also for the new big land purchase that was in the real estate transaction list in the Times of Ti. Let's keep paying big taxes so they can use it for big boats and thousands of acres to play on.
Environmentalist s

San Diego, CA

#14 Jan 28, 2013
PUT the blame where it belongs: On the extreme environmentalists. Who have the politicians in their beds.
Do we really have to name names here? I didn't think so...

Inexcusable. Can afford this? No one that I know can. CERTAINLY NOT in this economy!!
Leadership wrote:
Let's thank him also for the new big land purchase that was in the real estate transaction list in the Times of Ti. Let's keep paying big taxes so they can use it for big boats and thousands of acres to play on.
State land purchase

Burlington, VT

#15 Jan 29, 2013
Was there an article about this in the Times of Ti?
Leadership wrote:
Let's thank him also for the new big land purchase that was in the real estate transaction list in the Times of Ti. Let's keep paying big taxes so they can use it for big boats and thousands of acres to play on.

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