COBLESKILL — A high-tech battery company in Cobleskill is actively hiring, after recently acquiring a Swedish company's North American lead-acid battery business.
Mesa Technical Associates, which started in Cobleskill in 2002 and has a dozen employees there, acquired the lead-acid battery business from Alcad, a worldwide battery energy supplier headquartered in Sweden. Both make backup battery power systems for the utility industry, power plants, cellphone towers, and other "mission critical" uses.
"We are in a hiring mode. The amount of volume [of business] with this application is significant. We will be hiring at least two new applications engineers and probably some warehousing employees," said Carey O'Donnell, one of Mesa's principals.
The company, which distributes advanced lead-acid batteries for utility backup systems nationwide, designs and integrates high-tech batteries into backup energy systems at its 478 W. Main St. facility, O'Donnell said. The Alcad acquisition significantly expands its presence in the lead-acid battery business, in which it also does installation, battery charging, testing, and provides other customer services. Alcad is now focusing on its nickel-cadmium battery business.
"The agreement is a real win for both companies and customers," said Howard Gartland, Mesa's president. "Alcad can focus on growing their core advanced battery solutions, while Mesa will significantly expand its nationwide lead-acid business and presence."
The company is working to enter new markets like large-scale energy storage and will eventually need to expand, but O'Donnell said there are no plans to move from the Schoharie County village.
"We're very happy with Cobleskill," he said. "It's on I-88, it's near the Thruway, so it has worked very well for logistics, and we have almost no employee turnover."
The company is located in Cobleskill because one of its founders, since retired, was from Cobleskill, O'Donnell said.