CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) – Empire State Development (ESD) today announced Corelle Brands LLC is moving forward with a $50 million modernization project at its manufacturing facility in Corning.
The company, which employs nearly 600 people, will use the funding to transform their facility, historically known as the Pressware Plant.
They will renovate two production tanks, activate a third tank and put new products on the market for the company's flagship Corelle kitchenware brand.
Corelle manufactures and distributes products under the brand names like Corelle, Corningware, Pyrex, Visions, Chicago Cutlery and OLFA.
“We are very pleased to be able to make this announcement today to our employees, to the community, and to our dinnerware and bakeware customers around the world. It is fitting to make this significant investment in a facility that has played such an important role in the history of our iconic brands and in the community where these brands were born,” said Kenneth G. Wilkes, President and CEO, Corelle Brands Holdings Inc., and Corelle Brands LLC. “We are committed to continually improve our distinctive products and operations, and help set the standard as a world leader in dinnerware and bakeware. These investments focus on equipping the site with cutting edge product capabilities and process technology to meet the needs of our customers and position the plant to remain globally competitive for the long term. We are thankful for the critical support we are receiving for this project from New York State, the Steuben County IDA and NYSEG.”
To encourage Corelle Brands to move forward with this $50 million investment in the Southern Tier, Empire State Development offered a package of performance-based incentives of up to $9 million. Additionally, the Steuben County Industrial Development Authority offered incentives totaling $546,275; and the New York State Electric and Gas Corporation (NYSEG) is said to be “providing significant support”.
State Senator Tom O’Mara said, “This is an absolutely outstanding announcement for the future of jobs and economic development in Corning, Steuben County and the Southern Tier region. It's an exciting long-term commitment that secures a unique position in cutting-edge worldwide manufacturing for our region, and it will stand as an important testament to the quality of our local workforce. It marks the type of state-local-private investment that we hope for and that makes all the difference. We are grateful to Corelle for its ongoing commitment to the region and local workers.”