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Hudson Valley Lighting Celebrates Official Ribbon Cutting at State-of-the-Art Wappingers Falls Facility
A once vacant building now serves as a 260,000 sq. ft. headquarters, manufacturing and distribution center for a Dutchess County-based contemporary lighting company with global reach.
WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. – December 13, 2018
In 2016, Hudson Valley Lighting—a world leader in manufacturing contemporary lighting— relocated and invested more than $17 million dollars to purchase and renovate long-vacant space on 151 Airport Drive in Wappingers Falls, NY. Since then, with assistance from Think Dutchess and its partners, Hudson Valley Lighting has transformed the property which sits on 67 acres, into an energy-efficient facility housing the company’s headquarters, manufacturing and distribution facility. The Wappingers Falls facility employs more than 90 staff members and is also home to the company’s R&D, design and sales space.
Founder of Hudson Valley Lighting David Littman remarked, “Not only does Hudson Valley Lighting design and build beautiful fixtures for people who put quality first, we’ve carried that philosophy forward by investing in the workspace where that magic happens” “The fact that our global headquarters is in the region where I grew up and started my business makes it even better. We are excited for what comes next.”
Grants and benefits provided by Think Dutchess’ partners including, the Dutchess County IDA, NYSEDC and Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation were critical to attracting Hudson Valley Lighting to the county and upgrading the surrounding infrastructure.
“Without infrastructure, you can’t have job growth- and the infrastructure that now exists in the area makes this business corridor even more attractive to new and growing manufacturers,” said Dutchess County Executive, Marc Molinaro. “Hudson Valley Lighting’s success is the result of many different organizations coming together to drive growth and create good paying jobs.”
“We are committed to supporting economic development in Dutchess County and the Mid-Hudson Valley,” said Anthony Campagiorni, Central Hudson’s Vice President of Customer Services & Regulatory Affairs. “Our economic development programs support business attraction and retention efforts throughout the region, strengthen local industries, develop new employment opportunities and bolster the region’s municipalities.”
“The relocation of this project not only repurposed a once vacant property, it preserved jobs and holds the potential to add more” says Sarah Lee, CEO of Think Dutchess. “This project is a wonderful example of the services Think Dutchess can provide by connecting our public and private partners to ensure the success of our Dutchess County businesses.
About Think Dutchess Alliance for Business
Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, formerly Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, is the one-stop shop for business development needs and activities in Dutchess County, New York. It’s a business-led, nationally recognized organization and economic development corporation, whose mission is to attract, retain, and expand for-profit and not-for-profit businesses for the benefit of Dutchess County. Think Dutchess’ organizational structure includes programs in business retention and expansion, financial counseling and deal structuring, zoning, commercial real estate, innovation and technology, strategic marketing and municipal advocacy. For more information about Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, visit https://thinkdutchess.com
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Think Dutchess Alliance for Business
About Hudson Valley Lighting
Hudson Valley Lighting is a global company founded by David S. Littman 35 years ago. Proud to be based in the Hudson Valley, their international footprint expands from Los Angeles, China, Philippines, and a network of sales associates across the world. Littman has created a new business model to meet the ever-changing world and marketplace. Today, Hudson Valley Lighting designs, distributes, manufactures and sells high-end, contemporary lighting out of its state-of-the-art Dutchess County, NY facility.
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iSER Consulting, LLC
About Central Hudson
Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., is an energy delivery company headquartered in Poughkeepsie, New York. The utility serves approximately 300,000 electric and 80,000 natural gas customers in eight counties of New York State’s Mid-Hudson River Valley, delivering natural gas and electricity in a 2,600-square-mile service territory that extends north from the suburbs of metropolitan New York City to the Capital District around Albany. https://www.cenhud.com/
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Central Hudson Gas & Electric