Corning plans to expand Canton plant

The Corning Canton plant has made high-tech glass products such as astronomical mirror blanks for the 8-meter telescopes of the Gemini Observatory located in Hawaii and Chile (Pictured: Gemini South in Chile). Photo: Denys, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

The Corning Canton plant has made high-tech glass products such as astronomical mirror blanks for the 8-meter telescopes of the Gemini Observatory located in Hawaii and Chile (Pictured: Gemini South in Chile). Photo: Denys, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Some number of jobs will likely be coming to DeKalb at some point in the future, as Corning, Inc., is planning an expansion in its Corning Canton plant (which is in DeKalb). That’s according to the Watertown Daily Times, which reports today that the company’s planning a 16,000 square foot expansion and more jobs — but it’s not yet saying how many jobs, what it will make at the plant, or when.

This is where I often say “more details in the article,” but the company’s not actually releasing many details at this point about its plan. Here’s what we do know: The company, which currently manufactures specialized glass products for the U.S. Department of Defense and the aerospace industry at the Canton plant, has seen an uptick in its business. It’s planning to use the expanded space in the Canton plant for production and inventory, but “for competitive reasons” it’s not making it clear at this point what workers will be making.

Corning expects to begin construction on the expansion this spring, and finish by the fall. Although the company’s said it’ll be hiring more people to work there, it hasn’t yet determined how many. As of August of last year, about 200 people worked at the Corning Canton plant.

Local officials are pleased.

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