Arc of Seneca Cayuga has announced that on November 2nd at 1:30PM it will be holding the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a 5,000 square feet addition to its Finger Lakes Textile Facility at 1185 Danaren Drive in Waterloo, NY. The expansion was designed by Beardsley Architects and construction will be overseen by Nicoletta Building Contractors of Clyde, NY.
Finger Lakes Textiles began operation as Seneca Cayuga Knit Operations in 1994. It was housed at the Seneca Knitting Mills in Seneca Falls using expertise and knowledge to assist during the first year of operation. In 2015 the Arc purchased the former Danaren Building at 1885 Danaren Drive from Danaren LLC. Today FLT has a work force of 70 many of whom have developmental disabilities. This fully inclusive work force produces over 1.2 million pieces of winter headwear each year. The employees of Finger Lakes Textile are proud to use only American made materials in their products. Even the wool comes from American sheep!
The facility expansion is part of a three phase comprehensive business plan which was launched in 2016. As part of this plan Finger Lakes Textiles will also be acquiring an automatic computer-driven fabric cutting system. The system was designed and will be built by Eastman Corporation at its facility in Buffalo. The third part of the plan is to diversify the product line beyond those made for the Armed Forces which now accounts for 95% of its total annual sales of over $4.5 million. This included the launch of Arcticgear, FLT’s own private line of high quality headwear which is now being sold throughout the world. FLT has also expanded its salesforce in order to reach large wholesalers and to retailers which will greatly increase overall sales and expand its customer base.
Major funding for this project was provided by Governor Cuomo’s Nonprofit Infrastructure Investment Program, Finger Lakes Regional Development Council, Empire State Development Corporation. Major support was also provided by the Allyn Family Foundation, Fred L. Emerson, Golisano Foundation, Stanley W. Metcalf and J.M. McDonald Foundation. Locally Relph Benefit Advisors, Community Bank, N.A., Lyons National Bank, Five Star Bank, Cayuga Lake Bank, Chemung Canal Trust, One Group and Seneca Meadows were generous supports along with individual donators. In total the Arc has raised near $1,000,000 to fund this unique and valuable project.
Arc Executive Director Allen Connely noted that the ground breaking and diversification plan represent the depth of the Agency’s commitment, “To do whatever it takes to insure our future sustainability so that it can continue its vital mission to provide vital services to the individuals that we serve and to add to the prosperity of the community as a whole. Make no mistake we are in this for the long run.” Seneca County Chamber Commerce Jeff Shipley welcomed the expansion as “Another indication that Seneca County has a vibrant and growing economy which is expanding in so many new and important ways.”
For more information, contact Jennifer Rodger Community Relations Coordinator, at 315-856-8152 or [email protected].