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Corning planning to expand Canton plant

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DEKALB — Responding to customer demand for its products, Corning Inc. is planning to expand the size of its Canton manufacturing plant by 16,000 square feet and hire additional employees.

The facility on McAdoo Road, DeKalb, is referred to as the Canton plant and produces specialized glass products for the telecommunications industry, the U.S. Department of Defense and the aerospace industry.

“Corning is experiencing growth in its customer base and needs space for working inventory to accommodate this growth,” Corning spokesman Joseph M. Dunning said Monday. “It’s a good-sized addition that will be used for production and inventory.”

Mr. Dunning declined to release specifics about the expansion, such as whether the company will be manufacturing a new product or increasing production of an existing product.

“For competitive reasons, we can’t be specific,” he said.

Products manufactured at the Canton plant include radomes such as heat-resistant missile nose cones for the defense industry, and Polarcor, an optical glass, for the telecommunications and other industries.

Eventually the expansion will lead to the hiring of new employees, but the number of additional workers has not yet been determined. Construction is expected to begin this spring and finish in the fall.

“We haven’t broken ground yet,” Mr. Dunning said. “We’re still in the planning stages.”

Contacted Monday, DeKalb Town Supervisor John M. Frary said he was pleased to hear the news.

“I think it’s fantastic any time a local industry wants to expand in the north country and utilize the workforce in this area,” he said.

Larry D. Denesha, who served as town supervisor until Jan. 1, when Mr. Frary took the seat, said the expansion also will increase the town’s property tax base.

“It’s going to bring additional jobs and help the tax base. The trickle-down effect is huge,” he said.

David T. Lucht took over as Canton plant manager in August, replacing Peter J. Aagaard. At that time, company officials said about 200 people worked at the Canton plant.

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