Assemblyman Sean Ryan, D-Buffalo, is urging the president and chief executive officer of Welded Tube to hire Lackawanna residents for the company’s heavily subsidized new manufacturing plant on the former Bethlehem Steel site.
“From a $7.7 million PILOT agreement, to incentives from New York Empire State Development and the NY Power Authority, Welded Tube is relying on community support to make this venture a success,” Ryan wrote in a letter to R.S. Mandel, president and CEO of the Concord, Ont. based firm. “Welded Tube should build upon this public investment by making local hiring a top priority. To accomplish this, I am urging you to immediately get started on working with the New York State Department of Labor (DOL) to find qualified Lackawanna residents who can meet your employment needs.”
Ryan’s letter was dated Friday.
Welded Tube plans to hire about 120 employees, with production beginning at the Tecumseh Business Park in Lackawanna by August 2013.
Ryan said that Lackawanna residents “should have the first shot at the dozens of new jobs that will be created in their city.”
City officials have complained that a deal struck between Welded Tube and the Erie County Industrial Development Agency means the city will get little tax benefit from the new $50 facility, while other city taxpayers will be bearing the burden of increased infrastructure maintenance created by the plant’s presence in Lackawanna.
Also this week:
• The School Board will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the uperintendent’s conference room 202, 245 South Shore Blvd., Lackawanna.
Board members will consider the approval of settlement agreements. A work session will follow the special meeting to discuss the position of assistant superintendent for administrative services.