Schenectady County selling another lot at Glenville airport

Bruno Associates make presses used in industries around the world

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GLENVILLE — Schenectady County plans to sell additional land at the County Airport Business Park in Glenville, this time to a business that is already there and wants to expand.

The county Legislature will hold a required public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, May 4, on selling 1.25 acres of land on Tower Road to Bruno Associates for $107,500. The public hearing will be held by teleconference, in keeping with social distancing requirements. The sale could then be approved at the Legislature’s May 12 meeting.

Bruno Associates first came to the county airport property in 2017, buying two acres where it has built a $2 million, 16,000-square-foot building for production of computerized machine tools. Bruno makes presses that are used in the automotive, carpet, puzzle, toy, gasket, furniture and other industries.

The company is now planning a 8,900-square-foot expansion, and is seeking additional land that will roughly double employment, bringing the total number of employees to about 25.

“The Airport Business Park continues to attract new businesses and we are pleased to move forward with this land sale to help Bruno Associates expand,” said county Legislature Chairman Anthony Jasenski, D-Rotterdam. “Schenectady County is doing everything possible now to position the county for job growth once the current health crisis is contained.”

Bruno Associates hopes to move forward this year, though restrictions in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic are currently preventing construction. The plans still must go through Glenville’s planning approval process.

“They’re doing really well,” said Ray Gillen, the county’s director of economic development and planning. “They make machine presses that are sold all over the world, made in Glenville, which is kind of a fun thing.”

The expansion is not receiving any special assistance through the county’s Metroplex Development Authority, said Gillen, who also heads Metroplex. The company will be paying the county $86,000 per acre, an amount determined by an independent appraisal, he said.

The Airport Business Park is also home to C2Design Group, Euro Tile & Stone, REVA Air Ambulance, DSM and Mohawk Honda, which uses several acres for storage of vehicles.

Reach staff writer Stephen Williams at 518-395-3086, [email protected] or @gazettesteve on Twitter.

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