AMSTERDAM – What could be better than owning a multi-million dollar business with 150 employees, in the heart of the city, and then buying a third property with an eye toward growth?
For one, landing a stamp of approval from the Governor’s Office as a shining example of New York’s Build Back Better initiative. That’s what Executive Group got when Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul took a tour of the manufacturing facility Monday morning at 5 Shuler St.
Company founders, Lance Orcutt and Roland Mann, took Hochul, her staff and a host of local dignitaries on a tour of their 220,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, providing a history of the company’s growth and its unique offerings.
Located in Amsterdam since 2017 — the company was in a number of cities before moving here — Executive Group has become a one-stop shop for the hospitality industry up and down the East Coast, not only providing warehousing space for brand changeovers for hotels, but everything from the curtains on the walls, the beds in the rooms and the clock radio that goes off to start the traveler’s new day in a new city.
Executive Group manufactures and delivers handcrafted, finished cabinetry, countertops, panels and other finely crafted woodwork to some of the biggest names in swanky stays, including the Four Seasons, Ritz, Soho Grand, Waldorf Astoria and the Trump Hotel Collection.
“From working with the county Legislature and the new mayor, his office, he’s been supportive of course, it’s nice to get that feedback and because of that it got the attention of the lieutenant governor,” said Orcutt, Executive Group’s founder and president. “It’s nice to see the appreciation.
“We took a dilapidated building basically that is an eyesore for the city of Amsterdam, now it’s literally in the heart of the city. The main infrastructure of Amsterdam wraps around this building, 67 and 30A.”
The day also was a celebration of the company’s acquisition two weeks ago of its third property in the city, the 210,000-square-foot 50 Willow St. building, directly across from its 330,000-square-foot warehouse at 50 Park St.
“We came here today to see this magnificent transformation of an area that had been known for its textiles and carpeting,” Hochul said. “The Mohawk Valley has a great reputation for this, but sadly, because of foreign competition and other reasons that hit the entire state of New York, mostly upstate, fell into decline.
“I’ve been here with Congressman Paul Tonko and we came through these buildings and we talked about how we can bring back that industrial heritage, but in a 21st century way.”
Monday was the first stop of several for Hochul and Gov. Cuomo’s Build Back Better initiative.
“That’s exactly what I saw here in these buildings that have now been taken by two brilliant young men, we’re so fortunate to have them in our community, the Executive Group.”
The company plans to increase its footprint in the industry, and to look for ways to bridge the future of experienced skilled craftsman to the next generation of creators and finishers.
“There is always stuff that has to be made by hand and we’ve got a lot of great master craftsman in this area; we don’t have a lot of great apprentices,” founder and CEO Roland Mann said. “We’re trying to team them up together (so) that this can continue on and be here for the next 100 years.”
Established in 2006, the two Mohawk Valley natives, Orcutt from Gloversville and Mann from Canajoharie, Executive Group has made a name for itself from the 5 Shuler St. location.
Hochul’s visit, tour and acknowledgement confirmed that and more on Monday.
“I think it helps legitimatize the business and just shows everyone in this area that we are a big company that can compete with some of these other companies even though we’re not a national name like Wal-Mart or Target,” Mann said. “We still have a lot going on here and this helps put the exclamation point on it like ‘Wow, maybe I should check these guys out.’”