QUEENSBURY — AngioDynamics is moving the work of an entire plant from Georgia to the region, with a new warehouse opening in a building that was vacant for a decade.
Manufacturing work from the Manchester, Georgia plant will also be moved here, although the company has not yet announced details.
The warehouse work and other recent expansions of AngioDynamics here have increased the company’s local workforce to nearly 400 employees, said spokesman Juan Semanate.
More might be on the way.
“We have a lot of ideas,” he said. “But nothing concrete yet.”
Right now, the company is busy turning part of an old building into a warehouse. It is moving into the former Native Textiles building off Carey Road.
That building will have a combination of finished products and materials to be used in the manufacturing process, Semanate said.
There will be a few new jobs associated with the warehouse, but final numbers haven’t been determined. Numbers for additional manufacturing employees to handle the work from the Georgia plant also haven’t been determined yet, he said.
The company is also closing a plant in Denmead, U.K. Both plants will be consolidated into the Queensbury and Glens Falls locations.
Overall, there will be a net reduction in employees, company officials said when they made the announcement to employees in April. Their stated goal was to streamline to improve operational efficiency and reduce their supply chain. They made the decision after announcing that net sales for the fourth quarter in 2016 were down 2 percent from the previous year.
AngioDynamics makes medical devices for vascular access, surgery, peripheral vascular disease and oncology.
The former Native Textiles building will still have plenty of space left for more tenants. Recently purchased by a group of investors, it has 116,000 square feet. Real estate company 24 Native Associates LLC owns the building, is making upgrades and is recruiting new tenants.
The Native Textiles plant closed in 2006 and the building has been vacant ever since. Recently, the Queensbury Town Board set up a new sewer district to serve Carey Road, partly to encourage development of the long-vacant building. It was one of the largest vacant industrial buildings in the county.