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Air-Flo Manufacturing to expand in Chemung County, N.Y.

Staff Writer | April 9, 2018
Truck industry equipment manufacturer Air-Flo Manufacturing will expand its operations in Chemung County, N.Y.
Air-Flo Manufacturing
Empire State   Recently, Air-Flo has been awarded several state contracts
The storied company will purchase the 310,000 square-foot former Belden Connectivity facility on Main Street North in Horseheads, NY where it will consolidate its truck body and accessory manufacturing operations and install new production lines.

As a result, the company will create 40 new jobs; 200 full-time positions will also be retained thanks to the support from the state. The expansion project is expected to be completed fall of 2018.

ESD is supporting Air-Flo's growth by providing up to $900,000 in incentives.

Up to $475,000 of that will come through a Southern Tier Regional Council Economic Development Grant. Up to $425,000 will be provided through the Excelsior Tax Credit Program and is tied to job creation commitments.

Chemung County is also providing incentives for the expansion plan. The total project cost is $ 3 million.

Air-Flo Manufacturing was founded in the 1940's by three brothers who were looking for a better way to harvest onions.

To automate the old style of manually harvesting onions, the company's founders developed and patented a mechanical harvester.

The unique design used the principle of "air flow" to operate the harvester. During the 1960's, Air-Flo moved into the manufacturing of truck equipment with the introduction of ice control spreaders.

By the 1980's, it added dump truck bodies and the now very popular Flo N' Dump multi-purpose dump body to their growing line of truck equipment.

In 2000, Air-Flo expanded its manufacturing facilities, opening a new plant in Elmira which is dedicated to the manufacturing of the Pro-Class and Pro-Max dump bodies and the Quick-Silver Snow Plow.

Recently, Air-Flo has been awarded several state contracts for building class 8 DOT dump truck packages, and as a result, the company is planning to add further manufacturing capacity in the future.