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Grant to Help Rochester Insulated Glass Expand, Create Jobs
April 3, 2009

The NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) awarded a $515,000 NYS Community Development Block Grant (NYS CDBG) to the Town of Manchester in Ontario County that will help Rochester Insulated Glass Inc. (RIG) expand and create 40 jobs, 30 of which will be available to low and moderate-income workers.

The funding, approved today by DHCR's Housing Trust Fund Corporation, will make it possible for the nearly 40-year old company to acquire new machinery and equipment it needs to complete the second phase of its expansion. The company's phase one expansion included increasing the size of the facility to 198,000 square feet and electrical upgrades.

"As the economy has shed jobs at an alarming rate, it is crucial that we support local businesses with the capability to expand their operations and hire new workers," said. Governor David A. Paterson. "Rochester Insulated Glass is a model organization that has consistently looked out for its employees and its community, and today we are proud to offer them a NYS Community Development Block Grant."

William Eddinger, Jr., Manchester Town supervisor agreed. "This grant will help enhance what is already a vital part of our community. Rochester Insulated Glass has offered employment opportunities that have helped offset layoffs in other local plants, and the commitment to the community that owner Rick Wolk and his late father have demonstrated has been outstanding. The company has offered a great opportunity not only to the town, but to the village of Manchester where it is located."

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