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Amphenol commits to Sidney

SIDNEY -- By simply shoveling a small scoop of dirt, almost 1,000 jobs in Sidney and Delaware County have been saved after more than a year of hard work.

What looks like a pile of dirt now will soon be the new home of Amphenol, Delaware County's largest employer.  The Sidney plant was devastated by the 2006 and 2011 floods and company executives were ready to leave the area for good.

"Governor Cuomo called me, he was in Albany, and he said 'get down to Sidney and do whatever it takes to keep Amphenol here in Sidney,'" said Kenneth Adams, Commissioner of Empire State Development.

While many individuals worked countless hours to keep Amphenol in Sidney, up to Monday's groundbreaking there was still some doubt in the back of their minds as to whether or not the company would leave town.

"Absolutely I was worried about that, because right from the very start it was clear to me that this was not an empty threat, they had been through two floods in five years time," said Rep. Chris Gibson, (R) NY, 19th District.

"I don't think there'd be much left of Sidney if this place goes down," said James Starbuck, who has worked for Amphenol for 50 years.

While Gibson and Adams worked to get both state and federal incentives to convince Amphenol to stay, the real deal maker was the people.

"There was a commitment that the company made to keep this plant in Sidney in large part because of the great work force they have here," Adams said.

"So many families have been touched by the plant being here, in a positive way, so it means that Sidney and Amphenol are intertwined and really one," said NYS Senator James Seward, (R), 51st District.

The new 270,000 square foot facility being built on higher ground, will replace the old building which had been around for 88 years.  The new state of the art replacement is expected to serve the next 88.

"This proves that Upstate New York can compete anywhere with anyone," Seward said.

The new plant is expected to be completed next spring.

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