FALCONER – Congressman Tom Reed says Albany-driven policies are to blame for the expected Truck-Lite plant closure at the end of the year.
In a phone interview with reporters Tuesday, the congressman explained he is working “hand in hand” with Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel to keep the company in Falconer.
“I think if this decision goes to its completion, that its naturally not picking a foreign market to relocate to, it is leaving New York and Albany driven policies to go to another state that seems to be a little more receptive to their business investment,” explained Reed.
Wendel announced earlier this week that he, Reed, State Senator George Borrello and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell hope to work with Truck-Lite to find an incentive to keep them local.
Truck-Lite announced last week they plan to close their Falconer plant at the end of the year and relocate work to other facilities.
“Our tentative decision is consistent with other recent actions designed to meet customer demands and make Truck-Lite more cost competitive in the global marketplace,” the company said in a statement. “This is not a decision that we take lightly, and we are committed to treating the impacted employees fairly.”
“This tentative decision has no impact on our other Falconer office-based employees,” the statement furthered. “We intend to maintain a presence in the Falconer area.”
Truck-Lite did not specify how many employees will be effected by the closure.