New business moving to Mineville

MINEVILLE A new business will soon locate in the Moriah Industrial Park in Mineville. Who it is remains a mystery. Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said negotiations have been completed with a firm to move into space recently vacated by General Composites. He declined to name the company during the Nov. 13 town board meeting, but said it will bring jobs. General Composites was started in 1990 as a manufacturer of medical, aerospace, and high performance sports products using advanced composite materials. It previously operated out of two small facilities one in the Moriah Industrial park and the other in Westport with 46 employees. Recently it merged its operations and moved to the former Tambrands building in Willsboro, where Commonwealth Home Fashions is currently situated. Scozzafava said Moriah officials attempted to keep General Composites in the community. We did everything in our power, he said. Scozzafava said General Composites was willing to stay in Moriah, but only if it could use the entire industrial park. We have Pre-Tech Plastics there, the supervisor said. They employ 32 people and have been a community business for years. We werent going to ask them to move. Owner Jeff Allott said General Composites is leasing over 40,000 square feet of dedicated and common space, including the main entrance and reception area. Commonwealth Home Fashions, Bargoose Home Textiles and Versailles Home Fashions will continue to run operations out of the same facility. Allott credited Bill McClay, owner of Commonwealth Home Fashions, with making the move possible. My heart is with the town of Willsboro, and I was hoping it would happen, said McClay. Commonwealth Home Fashions has been downsizing for a while, and McClay said the space was available. Commonwealth currently employs 20 people, who work in importing and distributing products. McClay called it a win-win situation, offering the space General Composites needs while cutting overhead for Commonwealth Home Fashions. Allott said the business had investigated possibilities in Middlebury, Vt. and Plattsburgh before deciding on the Willsboro site. Its going to be great. As sad as it is to leave Westport, everyone is excited to be in the same building, said Allott. Whitney Jackson contributed to this report.

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