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Glenville biz park losing tenant, 70 jobs

Sealed Air Corp. pulls out, officials hopeful for new business

— The local closure filing occurred the same day Sealed Air announced plans to close its Rochester facility, which would affect around 180 employees.

New Jersey-based Sealed Air has approximately 26,000 employees and reported net sales of $7.6 billion in 2010. It also operations in 69 countries and distributes to around 175 countries. It claims to have 138 manufacturing facilities worldwide.

Glenville Supervisor Christopher Koetzle said he was saddened to hear of the closure.

“We were sorry to hear they are leaving Glenville and obviously our first thoughts are with the employees who will be losing their jobs,” Koetzle said. “We will do whatever we can to support them and help them find new jobs in the community.”

Ray Gillen, chairman of Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority, said he hoped to retain most employees at county businesses. Metroplex is working with the state Department of Labor, Sealed Air and town officials to gather information on those laid off for outreach efforts.

“Our goal is to try and help place these employees with other expanding businesses in the county, including the business park in Glenville.”

The town’s second priority, said Koetzle, is to market the space to another company. He doesn’t believe it will lay vacant for too long.

“It is an attractive space, so I think there is going to be a lot of companies that will be looking at that space,” Koetzle said. “There is so many positives to it … I think we will be able to find somebody for it pretty easily.”

He cited the nearby transportation system and other larger area businesses, such as GlobalFoundries Fab 8 facility in Malta and General Electric, as appealing aspects for the site.

Sealed Air’s lease agreement although doesn’t end until 2015, so the company would still make payments on the vacant space. Gillen said he is hoping Sealed Air will sublet the space, possibly at a discount, to another company since it must make payments anyway.

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