A Williamson employer is growing larger.
More space and additional jobs were announced by Empire State Development, as part of a new 55,000 square-foot facility. Pace Electronics, an electronics manufacturer will create 15 new jobs, retain 28, and create $4 million in economic activity to facilitate it.
“While Pace Electronics has a global reach, this successful company decided to expand in the Finger Lakes based on the region’s top-tier tech and manufacturing talent. The Wayne County project will create new, high-quality jobs that further support New York State’s commitment to growing both the regional and state economy,” Empire State Development Acting Commissioner and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said.
ESD is assiting the project with up to $250,000 in Excelsior Tax Credits. The total project cost was placed $4 million. Pace has teamed with regional commercial General Contractor, Taylor – The Builders, for design and construction of the expansion. Estimated completion of the project is slated for the 4th Quarter of 2021. The Wayne County Industrial Development Agency and Greater Rochester Enterprise are also assisting with the project.
“While we searched several areas to relocate, the decision to stay in Wayne County was driven by our dedicated long-term employees and the local work force talent. Year over year growth from adding new capabilities and product offerings and most recently the acquisition of Peter Parts Electronics, we have outgrown our current facility and had to lease additional warehousing space. The new constructed headquarters will allow us the ability to advance our state-side manufacturing capabilities, warehouse all our products in one facility and give us the space required to increase our workforce,” Pace Electronics CEO Dawn Smith said.
Founded in 1969, Pace Electronics works with clients in the medical, industrial controls, automotive, and emergency lighting and safety product industries worldwide. In addition to the Wayne County location, the company, which sources electronic components from the pacific rim, maintains manufacturing facilities in China and Malaysia, a liaison office in Hong Kong and an additional warehouse facility located in San Diego, California.
“Pace Electronics is a leading high-tech manufacturer in the Finger Lakes region whose growth highlights the incredible innovation and talent we have in the 54th District. My congratulations and thanks to CEO Dawn Smith and the entire Pace Electronics team for their continued investment in Wayne County. Thank you to Empire State Development, the Wayne County IDA and all those who have assisted with this project. We must do all we can to support the growth and success of our small business job creators,” added Sen. Pam Helming.
Assemblyman Brian Manktelow echoed that sentiment. “It is encouraging to see a business such as Pace Electronics choosing to expand in our community. I thank Empire State Development for making the investment into Pace Electronics and will continue our mission to move the Finger Lakes forward into tomorrow. The mere fact that they are a growing business, and choosing to build and expand in our community, retaining their workforce and adding an additional 15 jobs is truly exciting. This news could not come at a better time. As we move into warm days, and our State is reopening amidst the pandemic, Pace Electronics helps shine a beacon of light and hope for the days to come,” he said.
Meanwhile, Williamson Town Supervisor Anthony Verno said that this was another win for his community. “The town is grateful that Pace has decided to expand in Williamson. I want to thank Pace Electronics and all the employees that were instrumental in making this happen,” he said in a release.
Pace Electronics has been named to the Fortune 500 list of the100 Best Workplaces for Women. Women in fact represent half of the company’s workforce, while 67% percent of company executives are women. Dawn Smith has served as Pace Electronics’ Chief Executive Officer since 2012.