A local manufacturer wants to relocate its operations around Schenectady County to one space in the county’s Airport Business Park, officials said.
DHA Holdings Inc. is looking to move 80 employees into a brand new 56,000-square-foot facility on a six-acre, county-owned parcel in front of the Schenectady County Recreational Facility, said Glenville Supervisor Chris Koetzle. Overall, the company would invest about $5.2 million in the move.
The company provides large fabrication services for the power generation and oil and gas industries, previously filling orders for General Electric’s gas turbine business. It currently has employees at three different sites around the county — its corporate headquarters at 414 Union St. in Schenectady, a production facility inside the Glenville Business and Technology Park and a machining operation on Front Street in Schenectady. The idea would be to relocate them all to one central site that can serve as a campus for eventual growth.
“Later expansion would be in different buildings on the same site for a campus feel,” said Koetzle. “It will be about 80 jobs that relocate there initially, but it will grow to about 100 is what I’ve been told.”
DHA Holdings President David Dussault did not immediately return a call for comment.
Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority Chairman Ray Gillen said the project has not been presented to the county Legislature yet. He confirmed the company’s plans, though.
“The building would be built in two phases,” he said. “There would be an additional 30,000 square feet built in the second phase. They need room for expansion. They continue to land new orders. The issue was where are they going to build a new facility? We want to make sure they stay in Schenectady County.”
The site that DHA Holdings is looking to build on is considered shovel-ready. It has sewer and water hookups, and county officials have been marketing it for a while now.
“We’ve shown them the site,” Gillen said. “But we don’t have a signed agreement with them at this point. The purchase would have to go before the county Legislature. It’s a great company. They’re growing. But we only talk about deals when we have the nitty gritty details worked out.”
The airport is currently home to Fortitech’s distribution center, Richmor Aviation, the 109th Airlift Wing of the Air National Guard, the Joint Armed Forces Reserve Center and the Schenectady County Recreation Center, which includes the ice rink. The county has been making infrastructure improvements in the park for a few years now in an effort to attract more companies there.
“We’re actually running out of sites,” said Gillen. “When we talk to the county Legislature, we tell them we’ve got to keep developing sites for reasons like this.”
Koetzle said DHA Holdings is working with the Glenville Local Development Corporation to secure a loan that would help cover property acquisition and relocation costs.
While Koetzle considers the relocation and consolidation a good thing, it would give the town considerably less space to hold its annual Oktoberfest celebration. The town may need to find a new location for the popular event altogether, he said.