California high tech company to relocate to DeWitt

Move would mean over 400 jobs for CNY

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - By the middle of next year a leader in LED lighting should be up and running with its whole operation right here in Central New York.

Soraa is relocating from Southern California to DeWitt. 

Company CEO Jeff Parker says there are three reasons this is the right move for his company.

“One is the innovative strategy and vision of Governor Cuomo to set up these surroundings that can really help our company and help us grow and innovate," Parker says.

He adds that the area can help Soraa attract the best and brightest scientists and engineers from all the colleges and universities here to further their work with LED lighting.

Parker says, "When you go to put on your clothes in the morning or if you go by furniture you don't have to go to the window to see what it looks like, light should be full spectrum and should look like sunlight and should be healthy and that's what Soraa brings to the market."

The State has also kicked in $90 million in incentives the Governor says will leverage over a billion dollars in private sector investment the next ten years.

“Soraa is a $1.3 billion enterprise, 420 jobs and that's what this is all about my friend.  It’s about creating jobs for the future," Governor Andrew Cuomo says.

The shell of the facility should be finished by the end of the year.  Production is slated for the second half of 2016.

Howard Zemsky, President of Empire State Development Corporation, tells NewsChannel 9,"We are no longer on the sidelines as spectators in economic development.  We are in the game regionally.  You are the quarterback of your economic future."

The company is collaborating with SUNY Poly to attract and locate an additional 170 support jobs
from Soraa contractors and suppliers at or in the proximity of the DeWitt facility.

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