Grant helps grow Tioga County lumber plant

By Jillian Marshall

July 15, 2014 Updated Jul 15, 2014 at 6:29 PM EDT

Berkshire, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A Tioga County manufacturer is awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in a grant to help expand and grow business.

NYSEG gave a $230,000 check to a Tioga County hardwood manufacturing plant in Berkshire Tuesday morning.

This money will help Tioga Hardwoods, Inc offset the cost of new kilns, saws, and stacking equipment.

The economic development grant will help the company increase production by 6-million board feet, that's about 500 tractor trailer loads of lumber each year.

"We're about to make about 50 percent of what we use in the plant, we still sell part of what we are drying now and we'll continue to do that in the future. But, we also use about 50 percent of what we dry in our plant here and make it a value-added product," said president of Tioga Hardwoods, Inc Kevin Gillette.

In the last four years, NYSEG has invested approximately $40 million in economic development in upstate New York.

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