Novaria Group Relocates Its Sky Aerospace Products To Westbury, New York
The company has 81 employees currently located at the John Hassall facility in Westbury, which Novaria bought from John Hassall, Inc., in January 2015. According to Empire State Development, Novaria will invest in capital equipment upgrades to the 65,000-square-foot factory, which currently produces aircraft engine fasteners, bolts, rivets, blade locks and other flight-critical hardware. The addition of Sky will further advance John Hassall as a dependable source for high-strength, fatigue-rated fasteners for the global commercial aerospace and military markets.
“The decision to integrate Sky’s capabilities into our John Hassall facility further enhances our position in the aerospace fastener market,” said Bryan Perkins, Co-CEO/President of Novaria Group. “Our decision to make this important move was facilitated through careful consideration of the best course of action for our customers, employees, and stakeholders. Our dialogue with ESD and the state’s cooperation were key determining factors in the final decision.”
“Long Island, the ‘cradle of aviation’, has an extensive aerospace manufacturing history and an educated workforce ready and able to build the aircraft that will carry us into the future,” said Howard Zemsky, President/CEO/Commissioner of Empire State Development. “By taking advantage of existing infrastructure and moving into an operational factory, Sky Aerospace will be able to start work quickly, creating jobs and moving the economy forward.”
To encourage Novaria to relocate Sky Aerospace to New York, ESD agreed to provide the company with up to $1.2 million in Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits. Novaria agreed to create 57 new jobs, retain 81 existing jobs, and to maintain those staffing levels through 2025. Prior to deciding to launch operations in Long Island, Novaria considered relocating Sky Aerospace Products to a number of competing sites throughout North America.
Sky Aerospace Products and John Hassall currently operate within Novaria’s Fastening Systems platform. Monty Gillespie, President of Novaria Fastening Systems said, “Sky products will be produced within John Hassall beginning this winter. The transfer of existing assets and installation at John Hassall is well underway. We have put a great deal of planning into this move and we are very excited to see our plans becoming reality.”
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