Groundbreaking for new plant in Bath
Bath, NY (WENY)-- A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday in Bath for a new manufacturing plant.
LP Building Solutions is building a paint plant to paint all their siding. The unpainted siding will come in via rail from their other sites, with the new plant in then painting, packaged and shipped out via rail to their existing networks across the Northeast.
This is LP Building Solutions first New York State plant.
Those in attendance included Tony Hamill, who is the Vice President of Side Manufacturing for LP Building Solutions, New York State Senator Tom O'Mara, Assemblymen Phil Palmesano, Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler and Steuben County's IDA Director James Johnson.
The new plant will create 60 new jobs and is located off Route 54 in Bath on a 75 acre lot.
Wheeler said that the IDA has owned the property for over 20 years and is glad that LP Building Solutions is the one to break ground.
"We're very thankful that those did miss and that LP landed." Wheeler said. " Its such a fantastic company to be working with, to be partnering and we certainly welcome them to the community."
Hamill echoed those sentiments of Wheeler. He says that they are a part of about 26 different communities. He says they wanted to be apart of the fabric of the Bath community.
"We hire locally, we put back into the community. So we are just so thrilled to be a partner in this community." Hamill says.
LP reached out to Steuben County about ten months ago, Wheeler and Hamill said. As Wheeler put it "in terms of economic development in New York State that is light speed, its remarkably fast."
Hamill said that Bath was chosen because "it is strategically located between where we manufacture our strand product and where our customers are located in the northeast." He also added that having the rail line right on the land was another selling point.
Wheeler said that the new building will be an anchor for all the new development taking place along Route 54.
"You're going to see a transformation of this site, you're seeing a transformation on route 54 here in Bath, which is the artery to Keuka Lake for many people." Wheeler explained. "It's one of the most traveled roads we have here in the county and you see some much development happening here with LP really being the anchor of that."
Hamill said the structure will be standing by October, and that they hope to open by the third quarter of 2023.