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Anchor Glass Expands Elmira, New York Manufacturing Plant

02/20/2020
Anchor Glass has completed a $51 million expansion at its manufacturing facility in Elmira, New York.

The Anchor Glass facility now actively produces approximately 3.7 million containers every day, largely for the beer industry in Chemung County. It supplies major customers such as Matt Brewery, North American Brewery, Boston Beer, Lion Brewery and many upstate New York craft breweries. The recently completed expansion project includes the installation of a new flint furnace, increasing the facility's production capabilities by 600,000 containers per day.

General Manager at Anchor Glass Jason Achterberg said, "I'd like to extend my gratitude to Governor Cuomo, NYPA and ESD for their support of Anchor Glass over the years. As a customer of ReCharge NY since the program's inception, we're aware of how impactful the low-cost power has been in continuing our operations in Elmira and providing us with the ability to reinvest in the facility."

"Our approach to economic development is working for the Southern Tier - jobs are up, unemployment is down, and local companies like Anchor Glass are making major investments that ensure they can continue to compete and succeed in today's global economy," Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said. "This expansion and partnership with the State is the latest example of our improved business climate and I look forward to seeing the company continue to grow and create jobs in Upstate New York."

"New York has been a longtime partner to Anchor Glass, with low-cost power through NYPA's ReCharge NY program and grant funding from Empire State Development," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The success of Anchor Glass is a shining example of the positive results public-private partnerships are having on the state's economy and a demonstration of our commitment to supporting great businesses across New York State."

Since 2012, Anchor Glass receives 3,315 kilowatts of NYPA hydropower through the Governor's ReCharge NY program. The power allocation was renewed for seven additional years in 2019, and is directly tied to the firm's commitment to retain approximately 240 existing jobs. Under the Governor's program, Anchor Glass has saved more than $4 million in electricity costs. Additionally, Empire State Development awarded $1.95 million in grant funding, through the Southern Tier Soaring Upstate Revitalization Initiative, in support of the expansion project to modernize the Elmira facility.

NYPA President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones said, "ReCharge NY has been a great benefit to the Southern Tier, creating nearly 750 jobs in the region since power was first provided under the Governor's program in 2012. This completed expansion by Anchor Glass is great news for the local community as it signals the company's strong commitment to the area."

Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, "Anchor Glass's latest expansion is having a major impact on the regional economy, through both job creation and the company's collaborations with other businesses throughout the region and state. This project, supported through the Southern Tier Soaring Upstate Revitalization initiative, also underscores the critical consideration of electricity costs in business growth and the added-value economic benefits of the ReCharge program's lower-cost power allocations."

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