Hancock, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A vacant factory building in Delaware County will soon house new tenants that promise to provide hundreds of job opportunities to local workers.
Delaware County lost a big employer back in 2002 and when it closed its doors, the company eliminated up to 700 jobs in the area. When Becton Dickinson relocated more than a decade ago it took part of the town's success with it.
"When it shut its doors it was really a loss for the community" said Director of Economic Development for Delaware County Glenn Nealis, "One that they're still struggling to come back from, and with these 400 new jobs coming to the area it will really make a big impact on that."
Four hundred new full-time jobs are what the outsourcing and call center company Data Control Group promises to bring to the area.
A promise that gives town officials hope for a busy Main Street once again.
"When I was a kid there was a traffic cop that had to direct vehicles coming from that plant," said Hancock Town Supervisor Samuel Rowe, "Boy it'd be nice to see that again."
The green light from Data Control Group comes with a $600,000 grant from the state office of Community Renewal. The money will toward upgrades and renovations to the facility.
Data Control Group plans to invest a total of $2.8 million to a portion of the vacant building, the business could start renovations within the next three months.
The project promises to bring full-time employment within the next two years.
"This is probably the first opportunity we've had to create 400 new jobs in one time in a significant number of years," Nealis said.
Hancock's Town Supervisor thinks its impact will stretch farther than the vacant property, spurring more new business on Main Street.
"I can't put it into words, it's too positive to even explain," Rowe said, "It's just something we've been waiting on for a long time."
Data Control Group's expansion to Hancock is supported by Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Chris Gibson, who have released statements applauding the lease agreement.
Data Control Group is a subsidiary of Qualfon and to read their official statement on the company's expansion, click here.