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William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
Mechtronics Growing in Beacon
Steinhaus tours construction progress
Poughkeepsie… Next time you check out the interactive Dr. Scholl’s computerized kiosk at your local retailer or you are purchasing a Gillette ProGlide razor in your favorite drugstore, stop and take an extra look at the unit the products are displayed in; it was likely manufactured by one of your neighbors in Beacon, NY at the Mechtronics Corporation.
Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus had the opportunity to tour the Mechtronics facility in Beacon this morning, where the company is currently undergoing a major $5.2 million construction expansion. 30 jobs will be transferred to the Beacon facility as a result of the expansion. The expansion construction has created numerous “hard hat” jobs for local contractors including Kirchoff--Consigli Construction Management and Thomas Gleason Inc..
Mechtronics designs and manufactures custom in-store point of purchase merchandising displays for retailers and consumer product companies. Top clients include Proctor & Gamber (Duracell and Gilette products), Kodak, Merck (Dr. Scholl’s products) and many others. Displays are featured in retail stores across the nation such as Kroger, CVS and more. Additionally, Mechtronics has a marketplace presence in Europe and is expanding into Russia. The County Executive was joined by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce President Charles North, Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) President John MacEnroe and Dutchess County Commissioner of Planning & Development Kealy Salomon to see the progress at Mechtronics. Other DCEDC representatives and media also participated on the tour.
“Mechtronics is certainly one of TEAM Dutchess’ success stories,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “We are very proud to see a company that we worked hard to recruit to Dutchess not only be successful, and now we are working with them to expand and thrive their business in our community.”
County Executive Steinhaus and members of TEAM Dutchess, including the Dutchess County Industrial Development Agency (DCIDA) and the DCEDC, originally recruited Mechtronics to Dutchess County in 1998, when the company relocated from Stamford, CT. The company has been operating its manufacturing facility with approximately 80,000 square feet of space at its’ 511 Fishkill Avenue location in Beacon. Mechtronics’ design, production engineering and sales staff have operated from office space currently located in White Plains.
In order to maximize manufacturing efficiency and develop new business opportunities, Mechtronics is undergoing a $5.2 million construction expansion, which will add 65,000 additional square feet to the Beacon location and bring the company’s design, engineering and sales team all under one roof with the manufacturing. “Having everything all on one site will be a key part of our sales pitch as we develop new business relationships,” said Mechtronics President Richard Fellinger. Construction is expected to be complete in early October of this year.
Mechtronics is again working with TEAM Dutchess to take advantage of the financing tools offered by the DCIDA including tax free bond financing and sales tax savings for construction material purchases for the facility expansion. “These were major, major advantages for us,” said Mr. Fellinger. “These tools enable us to control our costs and focus on growing our business.”
The point of purchase displays Mechtronics develops, engineers and manufactures are designed to drive impulse sales by consumers. For example, the Gillette ProGlide razor display features a motion activated display that lights up and turns the razor display when a customer approaches. With so many products available in the marketplace, innovative display units have become a critical component of consumer product companies’ marketing strategies. According to Mechtronics President Richard Fellinger, “Display units have become so much more sophisticated and intricate. Where they used to be made of temporary materials such as corrugate; today they feature custom designed, permanent materials such as steel, wood and molded plastic with electronic components that allow the display to be interactive and further attract consumer attention.”
Mechtronics manufacturing labor force size is cyclical and depends on the current products being produced. Currently, approximately 60 people are working on the manufacturing floor, but manufacturing employee count recently swelled to nearly 400 people when Mechtronics ramped up production for Gillette’s ProGlide razor product line.
“It is fascinating to see work being done for some of the biggest, most recognizable national brands right here in Dutchess County,” said County Executive Steinhaus. “Mechtronics is a great example of the world-class businesses we have in our community.”
To see more photos from the Mechtronics expansion tour, check out the Dutchess County Government Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dutchess-County-Government/73646813346.
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