More than 100 jobs could be coming to Saratoga Springs as a Watervliet packaging company pursues plans to build a new, larger headquarters just off Geyser Road.
SKS Bottle and Packaging plans to invest $16 million to buy a 22-acre vacant site just east of the W.J. Grande Industrial Park and construct a 128,00-square-foot building, with plans to nearly double the size of the facility over 10 years. The move would bring 100 of the company’s current employees to Saratoga Springs and position it to hire 16 more workers over two years.
“We started working with SKS a couple years ago as they started to plan for the future,” said Dennis Brobston, president of the Saratoga Economic Development Corp.
SKS supplies packaging for the pharmaceutical, food and beverage industries, and was started in 1986 in Malta by Paul Horan and his wife, Barbara. It’s now owned by their son, Kendall Horan, whose first name is the “K” in SKS; the company is named after Paul and Barbara’s three sons.
“This is one we lost and now we’re getting back,” Brobston said
Saratoga Economic Development Corp. is working with SKS as it seeks $2.2 million in property, sales and mortgage tax incentives through the Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency. In describing the need for the tax breaks, Brobston noted that the company has a distribution warehouse in Reno, Nevada, and less than 15 percent of its business comes from New York state.
“So they could relocate to other places and get a deal, and be able to service their customers very easily,” he said.
Brobston said SKS, as a second-generation family business, is just the type of business his agency looks to attract. The land where SKS is looking to build its new headquarters is owned by Munter Enterprises, zoned industrial and would be incorporated into the business park.
“We look for companies that are privately-owned, medium-sized businesses that want to stay in the region,” he said.
SKS started by selling labels and served as a wholesaler/distributor for glass and plastic bottles, according to its application with the county IDA. As the company gained customers, it added products such as glass and plastic jars, metal cans and tins.
As it grew, the company relocated eight times to larger buildings and warehouses before constructing a 10,000-square-foot facility in Malta in 1990. In 2005, the company outgrew that space and began leasing a 52,000-square-foot building in Watervliet, its current home. That site has more than doubled in size over the past decade. The company opened its 30,000-square-foot distribution center in Reno in 2014.
“They have double-digit growth every year and they just need more and more space,” Brobston said.