Renewables firm to open facility, add jobs here

By ANDREA DECKERT - 9/11/2015

A company focused on developing products derived from renewable resources for the heat and energy industries is expanding into the region, with plans to hire up to 35 workers here.

Green Renewable Inc., of Berlin, Rensselaer County, is opening a facility in Manchester, Ontario County, on Sept. 14.

It will be the company’s fourth location and will allow the firm to better serve its customers in central and western New York, said Sean Gallivan, president and CEO. Green Renewable is in a growth mode, he said.

“As our customer base expanded more and more in central and western New York, it made sense to open operations out here,” Gallivan said, noting shipping costs rose as the business shipped product farther from its locations.

“We grew our logistics and shipping capabilities hand-in-hand with our landscape supply business, ensuring that our customers around New York, Massachusetts and Vermont would be serviced with our products.”

The Manchester location on State Street has rail access and sits on 105 acres of industrial land.

It has 100,000 square feet of manufacturing and storage space for renewable forest materials and finished bulk and bagged products, including specialty soils, garden mulches, certified playground mulch, baseball infield mix and animal bedding.

The facility previously housed Spancrete Group Inc., a pre-cast concrete manufacturing operation, but sat vacant for seven years.

Michael Manikowski, executive director of the Ontario County Office of Economic Development, is pleased to see the re-use of a vacant building. Green Renewable would have a positive impact on the local economy, he said.

Green Renewable manages wood material recovery and repurposing facilities in Colonie and Watervliet, both in Albany County, as well as Berlin.

The company also handles its own organic materials collection and transportation logistics. Those services are offered to surrounding towns and municipalities, assisting in their compliance with state and federal regulations.

The business employs roughly 50 workers and plans to add 25 to 35 workers at the Ontario County site. Jobs are available for general laborers, qualified equipment operators, automated packaging technicians, truck drivers and on-site supervisors, the company said. Resumes can be submitted to the firm through Sept. 21.

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