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Manufacturer expands in Plattsburgh, adds dozens of jobs

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Published: Nov. 29, 2017 at 4:18 PM EST
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Jobs, jobs and more jobs! It's the talk of the town in Plattsburgh.

"It's fantastic the town of Plattsburgh and greater Plattsburgh region is certainly a place that companies are seeing as a place to invest in or reinvest in the case of this business," Plattsburgh Town Supervisor Michael Cashman said.

B3CG Interconnect came to Plattsburgh in 2009. They just moved locations, gaining 8,000-square feet at their new home and adding 84 new jobs.

"The more space is definitely going to give us more flexibility, more capacity, production capacity. So we'll be able to take on new customers or have more flexibility for existing customers," said Robert Gibeault, the plant manager. "Also, it's giving a much better environment for our employees to work in."

And those employees are from all over the North Country.

"Most of our employees here are all local. We reach out as far as Malone," Gibeault said.

The company makes automotive cables. They connect your dashboard with your speakers, your brakes and most of the electrical systems within the vehicle. They'll continue making those cables for companies like Nova Bus, also located in Plattsburgh.

"It's definitely helpful to be so close to our customers," Gibeault said.

Over the last few months, we've told you about how businesses are growing in the North Country. Because of this growth, unemployment in Clinton County is down to 4.6 percent, a slight drop from the same time last year.

"We are certainly in a miniboom in the Plattsburgh area. It's all manufacturing jobs," said Garry Douglas, the president of the North Country Chamber of Commerce.

Douglas says the success stems from 20 years of planning and we're finally starting to see results.

"Almost every manufacturer in the Plattsburgh area, especially all those in transportation equipment and aerospace and also some others are growing," Douglas said.

B3CG says after the new hires, they will have over 200 employees. Those jobs start out at $11 an hour.