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Pace Electronics to expand, add 15 jobs

A site plan shows Pace Electronics' expansion plans
This image shows Pace Electronics’ expansion plans. (provided)

Electronics contract manufacturer Pace Electronics will expand its operations in the Wayne County town of Williamson and construct a new 55,000 square-foot facility. The project is expected to add 15 jobs and retain 28.

Empire State Development will assist the project with up to $250,000 in Excelsior Tax Credits. The total project cost is roughly $4 million. The Wayne County Industrial Development Agency and Greater Rochester Enterprise also will incentivize the project.

Pace has teamed with regional commercial general contractor, Taylor – The Builders, for design and construction of the expansion. The project is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of this year.

“While we searched several areas to relocate, the decision to stay in Wayne County was driven by our dedicated long-term employees and the local workforce talent,” said Pace CEO Dawn Smith. “(With) year-over-year growth from adding new capabilities and product offerings, and most recently the acquisition of Peter Parts Electronics, we have outgrown our current facility and had to lease additional warehousing space. The new constructed headquarters will allow us the ability to advance our state-side manufacturing capabilities, warehouse all our products in one facility and give us the space required to increase our workforce.”

Founded in 1969, Pace Electronics works with clients in the medical, industrial controls, automotive and emergency lighting and safety product industries worldwide. In addition to the Wayne County location, the company, which sources electronic components from the Pacific Rim, maintains manufacturing facilities in China and Malaysia, a liaison office in Hong Kong and an additional warehouse facility located in San Diego, Calif.

“Pace Electronics chose to invest in Rochester, N.Y.’s Wayne County to capitalize on our region’s exceptional talent in the electronic contract manufacturing industry and the perfect facility to support their expansion plans,” said GRE President and CEO Matt Hurlbutt.

Pace Electronics has been named to the Fortune 500 list of the100 Best Workplaces for Women. Women represent half of the company’s workforce, while 67 percent of company executives are women. Smith has served as Pace Electronics’ CEO since 2012, officials noted.

“Pace Electronics is a leading high-tech manufacturer in the Finger Lakes region whose growth highlights the incredible innovation and talent we have in the 54th District,” said State Sen. Pamela Helming, R-Canandaigua. “My congratulations and thanks to CEO Dawn Smith and the entire Pace Electronics team for their continued investment in Wayne County. Thank you to Empire State Development, the Wayne County IDA and all those who have assisted with this project. We must do all we can to support the growth and success of our small business job creators.”

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