Millions for Amphenol; local jobs saved

By Erika Mahoney

April 2, 2013 Updated Apr 3, 2013 at 1:39 AM EDT

Town of Sidney, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The road to recovery for Amphenol from a devastating flood has been a long one.

But after more than a year of work, federal funding has been secured to pave the way for the company's future.

Amphenol, Delaware County's largest private employer, was hit hard when tropical storms Lee and Irene ravaged the region in 2011.

On Tuesday, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) announced Delaware County will receive $3.8 million in Economic Development Disaster Aid Funding.

The investment will allow the county's industrial development agency to begin site preparation at the company's future home, 171 Delaware Ave.

Schumer says he was very forward in securing the grant because the company is vital to the area.

"So here's the bottom line," Schumer said, "They (Amphenol) are going to get a brand new plant that secures over 1,000 jobs, which allows them to compete even better than they did before, against all the world wide companies they're up against. It's just a real shot in the arm."

Amphenol General Manager Richard Aiken personally thanked Schumer for his help, saying it would be devastating to see the company move out of the Southern Tier.

"The business that we now call Amphenol has been in Sidney, New York, in Delaware County, since 1925," Aiken said. "And that's a long time."

Officials plan to break ground in May. Construction is expected to take approximately one year.