PLATTSBURGH - Although SpencerARL New York Inc. has been providing subassembly for NovaBus since late March, the 42,000-square-foot facility had its official grand opening July 22, welcoming numerous political dignitaries to tour the operation.
"This is an exciting day and it's one of many exciting days we've had lately," remarked Plattsburgh Town Supervisor Bernard C. Bassett. "I think great companies like SpencerARL are beginning to and continuing to recognize that this is not only a good place to live because of the environment ... but because of the people that are here."
Nebe Tamburro, chief executive officer for SpencerARL, explained the main goal for the Plattsburgh facility is to assemble as many of the parts for the buses of NovaBus as possible, which will help them speed up production.
"There's going to be lots of sales and there's a big demand for buses in the future, that's going to mean NovaBus is going to get lots of orders in Plattsburgh," explained Tamburro. "They're going to expand, they're going to grow, and we're going to follow suit by keeping the product moving into their plants so they can get them out the door real fast."
With the support of the New York State Office of Community Renewal, SpencerARL was also able to provide the funds for sufficient training to the company's nearly 40 employees.
"We can bring the amount of funds that can fund some of the most difficult things, like training, which we are able to do here," explained NYSOCR director Joseph Rabito. "We are particularly proud to help support the training efforts to ... help build capacity and the skill sets of the talented folks up here in the North Country."
"The Community Renewal fund is, and has been, a very important part of this and we really do appreciate," said Tamburro. "We set off with a goal to provide the best tools for our employees, so that we could train what is also unskilled labor to do very skilled work."
Looking to the future, Tamburro said they are hoping to also work with Bombardier Inc.
"We do this one right, we do it first, and more will come," he said.