Small Business Hopes to Double its Workforce

12-29-2008

Small Business Hopes to Double its Workforce

By Michael Lamendola
Schenectady Gazette Reporter

A local company that constructs and services scaffolding intends to expand its workforce after moving into a newly renovated building in the Glenville Business and Technology Park, officials announced.

Safway Services Inc. will add 5 to 10 jobs over the next five years to its current staff of 20, said Jerry Dolly, plant manager.

The company announced expansion plans after moving into Building 406 at the park. The move followed approximately $1 million in renovations to the building by technology park owner, the Galesi Group. Safway had been located in Building 202 in the park, located near Exit 26 of the state Thruway.

Safway will occupy 62,500 square feet in Building 406. The company has one of the largest in-house engineering departments in the industry, Dolly said. It can design specialized scaffolding systems for Fortune 500 companies to local contractors, he said.

Safway relocated so that Sealed Air Corp. could move into Building 202 a part of its own expansion plans, said Galesi Chief Operating Officer David Buicko. Sealed Air singed a new lease agreement with Galesi in return for $2 million in renovations to Building 202. Sealed Air employs 100 people at the Glenville facility.

Buicko said Galesi has created a showcase facility at the main entrance of the park with the renovations. “We plan to initiate further park enhancements, which will result in new tenants and economic activity for the region,” he said.

Dolly said Galesi group was responsive to the company’s need for a new location and offered solutions during the design, construction and transition that made the move easier than expected.

Safway is a subsidiary of ThyssenKrupp. ThyssenKrupp has more than 180,000 employees in approximately 70 countries. The firm produces items ranging from scaffolding to stainless steel elevators. Sealed Air and Safway are in the same park as Super Steel, which announced earlier this month it was shutting its Glenville plant and laying off its entire work force of 175 employees by April.