West side manufacturer to add nearly 60 jobs

Rotork Controls Inc. has broken ground on an expansion that will add more than 50 jobs in Monroe County.

Empire State Development on Monday said it will invest up to $550,000 through the Excelsior Jobs Program to assist the high-tech manufacturer with the expansion at its Mile Crossing Boulevard location in Gates. The global flow and instrumentation company will add 52,000 square feet to its current space and up to 56 new jobs over the coming five years, ESD officials said.

“Rotork is one of many global companies that understand New York’s manufacturing strengths and tech talent, and its decision to expand in Monroe County will create even more high-quality jobs that will grow the Finger Lakes economy,” said Eric Gertler, ESD acting commissioner and president and CEO-designate, in a statement.

Rotork operates locations across the nation and globally, and has been located in the Finger Lakes region for more than half a century. The maker of industrial flow control equipment for gases and liquids has operated at its current facility since 2000.

“We are celebrating our 44th year in Rochester, N.Y., and have grown within the area,” Rotork CEO Kevin Hostetler said. “The investment into the expansion of the Rochester facility shows Rotork’s commitment to the area and the local support structure. This investment will drive shorter lead times that will enhance the customer’s experience.”

Last month, the County of Monroe announced that Imagine Monroe had approved property tax abatement and sales tax exemption for the $7.7 million project that will add manufacturing and office space. Rotork is expected to purchase $3 million in equipment.

Imagine Monroe had noted that Rotork expected to add 30 jobs over three years.

“Monroe County is pleased to support the expansion of Rotork in the town of Gates,” Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said in Monday’s statement. “The $10 million project will retain 150 jobs and create 56 new jobs, expanding the footprint of advanced manufacturing in our community. This is more proof that Monroe County is open for business.”

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