By Mark Boshnack Staff Writer
The Daily Star
---- — With construction on its new facility in Sidney at or ahead of schedule, Amphenol Corp. general manager Richard Aiken talked about company plans on Monday.
Following its second flood in five years, the company considered moving from Sidney. To convince it to stay, the state offered the company a $32 million package so it could acquire a new, 23-acre parcel in the village, begin construction and other work.
The company, which makes electrical connectors, will be keeping its address at 40-60 Delaware Ave, Aiken said. The new facility, near K-mart, is seen as an additional building to the existing campus. The framework is up at the new site and the roof should be completed before the winter weather so work can continue inside.
The offices are expected to move to the new location April 30 and the manufacturing will begin its transition about June 1, with no interruption to production, Aiken said. It will take the rest of that year to make that move. The plating facility and some large machinery will remain at the current location protected by a berm.
Current employment is more than 1,000, Aiken said. Payroll has increased since the work began because the business has increased.
“We continue to look at ways to continue that,” he said.
Sidney Mayor Andrew Matviak said the progress means a lot for the village.
“Two years ago we were looking at the possibility of the company moving. Now we are looking at a state of the art building that can grow jobs,” he said. “It shows that Sidney is a community that is growing.”