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Ames Goldsmith plans office and warehouse addition in Glens Falls

Ames Goldsmith plans office and warehouse addition in Glens Falls

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GLENS FALLS — Ames Goldsmith Corp. wants to expand its Glens Falls facility on Rogers Street to accommodate the manufacturer’s “consistent growth,” according to a company official.

The company, which makes silver-based products, is proposing to construct a 5,400-square-foot office and shipping/warehouse addition to its facility at 21 Rogers St.

President Frank Barber said the expansion would help to accommodate growth in demand of one of the company’s product lines.

“The proposed expansion will enable us to improve our process efficiencies and position us to continue meeting the growing needs of our customers,” Barber said in an email.

The first step is a request to rezone an adjacent property at 25 Rogers St. from multifamily residential to light industrial. Ames Goldsmith has owned the lot since 2007, according to county tax records. The property is currently vacant.

The Planning Board on Tuesday will review a preliminary sketch of their expansion. The meeting will take place at 4:45 p.m. in Common Council chambers. No formal action will be taken.

Barber said pending city approvals, he would like to start the project in early summer and have it completed by mid-fall.

“Ames Goldsmith has a long and consistent history of operations in Glens Falls. We are excited to continue working with our local officials and local contractors to expand and improve our facilities in the city,” he said.

The company is actively recruiting for current open positions at its Glens Falls and South Glens Falls locations, according to Barber. He anticipates bringing on 10 new employees. It currently employs about 110 people in this area.

Ames Goldsmith has its headquarters in South Glens Falls, and there are also five other facilities — in Maryland, England, Scotland, China and Japan.

The company is a net exporter to Asia, and many of its products are being sold in China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and Singapore, according to Barber.

Ames Goldsmith’s roots date back to 1860 when it was founded by Merritt Ames as the Ames Chemical Co. in Glens Falls.

Its silver products are used in industry, medicine, photography, and electronic and manufactured consumer products, according to its website. It also produces silver nitrate, oxide and advanced silver powders and flakes.

Michael Goot covers politics, business, the city of Glens Falls and the town and village of Lake George. Reach him at 518-742-3320 or mgoot@poststar.com and follow his blog at http://poststar.com/blogs/michael_goot/.

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