Business Council members, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Harden Furniture, joined together with state and local officials to recognize the success of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ReCharge New York (RNY) power program in the Mohawk Valley Region.
The retention and creation of 262 jobs at the 170-year old Harden Furniture company in Oneida County garnered the support of key state and local officials who worked together under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ReCharge New York program to support the company’s expansion. Celebrating the announcement at Harden’s McConnellsville saw mill and manufacturing plant recently were NYS Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush; Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente; NYS Senator Joseph A. Griffo (pictured above, standing left to right); Ken Tompkins with Empire State Development; Onondaga County Executive and NYPA Trustee Joanie Mahoney; NYPA president and CEO Gil C. Quiniones; and Harden Furniture President Greg Harden (pictured above, seated left to right). In addition to the jobs, under the terms of the ReCharge New York deal, Harden will invest up $4 million in its operations in exchange for 1.38 megawatts (MW) of ReCharge New York power, a NYPA-administered program.
The event showcased Harden Furniture as an example of how Mohawk Valley companies are saving money under RNY and reinvesting those funds in protecting jobs, and anchoring and growing their businesses. A total of 60 businesses in the Mohawk Valley region and 3 not-for profit enterprises are benefiting from RNY allocations in return for their retention and creation of nearly 14,000 jobs.
Greg Harden, president Harden Furniture, said, “Like many businesses in New York, Harden Furniture was hard hit by the national economic downturn in 2008. We recognized that we had to restructure our business model if we were to survive and continue to provide over 200 families with good paying jobs. But we couldn’t do it without state government partners that understood the challenges faced by the business community. The ReCharge New York program, and the Governor’s insistence upon innovative economic development solutions, has reinvigorated our optimism for the future of Harden Furniture, its employees and the families in the Mohawk Valley.”
Gil C. Quiniones, president and CEO, NYPA said, “With its focus on quality and sustainability, Harden Furniture is representative of some of the best qualities that New York State has to offer. Governor Cuomo’s Recharge New York program is ensuring Harden, a venerable family-owned business, remains a vital part of the Mohawk Valley economy in the years ahead.”
Governor Cuomo launched the RNY power program to help businesses and other entities lower their operating costs and spur economic development. The program offers up to seven-year contracts for lower-cost power.
The Rome Sentinel featured the event in an article, Low-cost power key to Harden growth.