By LARRY ROBINSON
A city manufacturing company that has been doing business in the community for 50 years has begun demolition and construction work on a major expansion that could create 50 new jobs over the next decade.
DeFelsko Corporation, 802 Proctor Avenue, is a leading U.S. manufacturer of coating thickness gages and inspection instruments used for industrial painting. The business was founded in Ogdensburg almost 50 years ago by the late Frank J. Koch.
In September, DeFelsko purchased the neighboring A.N. Deringer Inc. building at the Ogdensburg Commerce Park to accommodate the expansion, and demolition of the structure is now taking place, according to DeFelsko President David J. Beamish.
He said a new facility will later be built at the site, and the new expansion will almost triple the company’s manufacturing capacity to over 38,000 square feet. In addition to a modern electronic assembly area, the new building will house sales, marketing, accounting and shipping departments. The company currently employs 70 people.
“This acquisition will allow DeFelsko to expand to meet the demands of its growing business,” Mr. Beamish said. “In the past few years DeFelsko has expanded its product range and introduced successful new technologies which have increased the production requirements of the existing facility.”
Mr. Beamish said DeFelsko manufactures the PosiTector, PosiTest and PosiPen brand of inspection instruments including coating thickness gages, dew point meters, surface profile gages, wall thickness gages and adhesion testers. He said the instruments are used in many industries including marine and shipbuilding, aerospace, automotive, petrochemical, and municipal highway departments.
He said the additional floor space at the company could result in as many as 50 new jobs over the next decade, and that some positions have already been created.
“Some of those jobs have already begun to be filled. This additional capacity will enable us to increase our production volume of existing products and bring to market new products already in the design stage,” Mr. Beamish said. “This will maintain our ability to effectively compete in the global market.”
In addition to its ability to bring new industrial products to the market place, Mr. Beamish credits much of the company’s success to its location in Ogdensburg. He said the community’s labor pool and geography are both assets.
“Ogdensburg has a quality work force that we have relied upon for years. Many of our suppliers are also conveniently located in nearby New York state locations which keep shipping and travel costs down,” he said. “We have been making increased use of the airport facilities to visit customers and suppliers alike. The industrial park is business friendly and conveniently located beside the large Canadian market.”