The Daily Star
---- — Amphenol Aerospace officials, joined by local, state and federal leaders, broke ground Monday on their new plant in Sidney.
“We are very excited that after many months of intense planning in collaboration with multiple government agencies, Amphenol is now able to proceed with construction of our new, high-efficiency manufacturing and office location,” said Gary Anderson, senior vice president and group general manager of Amphenol Aerospace and Industrial Group.
The company’s current Sidney plant received an estimated $40 million in damage in the flooding that followed Tropical Storm Lee in 2011. As a result, it considered moving to a safer location out of state, according to the Empire State Development Corp.
To forestall such a move, the state offered a $32 million package to Amphenol so it could build a levee around the existing facility, acquire the new property on higher ground and begin construction, electrical upgrades, wetland and stream restoration and engineering.
State officials said 1,000 jobs would have been lost otherwise.
A federal grant enabled the Delaware County Industrial Development Agency to begin work on a flood-proof site for high-tech companies like Amphenol Aerospace at 171 Delaware Ave. in Sidney.
“We are very excited by Amphenol’s continued commitment to Sidney, the surrounding communities and their dedicated workforce, said James Thomson, chairman of the Delaware County Industrial Development Agency.
Amphenol, Sidney’s largest employer, has an estimated annual payroll of $40 million.