Businesses are gearing up to use the Grainger facility in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, as a source of new manufacturing and industrial engineering jobs.
Grainger’s CEO and chief executive officer, John Grainger, said in a statement that the company is excited to be bringing on a skilled, experienced workforce to the plant and expects the jobs to be a major boost to the local economy.
“This is a critical time in our community’s economic development and the need for these skilled manufacturing jobs is enormous,” he said.
“As an industry leader, Grainger will be instrumental in providing new manufacturing jobs to the community in an environmentally sustainable way.”
The facility will employ 250 people and will have an area for training students, apprentices, and job candidates.
The company also said that it has plans to create a manufacturing education center and expand production to the West Coast.
It said that in addition to the construction jobs, the facility will support local manufacturing efforts.
In an interview with the New York Times last year, Grainge CEO John Grainge said the company had a long-term goal to create 1,000 manufacturing jobs in the state by 2020.
Grainge has been growing at a brisk clip in recent years.
It recently announced plans to open a factory in the Bronx, and is hiring workers to build an indoor factory in Brooklyn.
“We are excited to see the impact our new investment will have in creating more jobs and better quality of life for our residents,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“I look forward to working with our state partners, businesses, and community members to help them meet this challenge.”
Grainger is the largest industrial contractor in New York, having grown from a single site in Greenport, New York in the mid-1980s to a global company with over 5,000 employees.
The facility is expected to create thousands of jobs.