"A lot of folks feel that our economic development efforts are focused on downtown, but that's not correct," Gillen said. This brings our total investment in Rotterdam to over $70 million. This is a great project and it's another great win."
Gillen said this effort was largely due to the efforts of the local union that represents the workers at Von Roll IUE Local 301.
Carmen DePoalo, business agent for the union, said it was because of the dedicated employees that sealed the deal for Von Roll.
"I know that one of the reasons they are coming here is based on the dedication of these employees," DePoalo said. "I know they are going to make this a world-class operation because we are building new buildings around world-class people."
Rotterdam Town Board member Robert Godlewski and Supervisor Steven Tommasone were at Von Roll's announcement. Both said they were excited about the new investment in the town and the creation of new jobs.
"I think it's wonderful. I'm glad to see it come back," Godlewski said. This is quite a shot for Rotterdam and for the county and maybe more will come in the future."
"This is great news for the town," Tommasone said. "This is a blue collar town so bringing more manufacturing jobs back here is key and it really fits well.