AMSTERDAM - The town Planning Board on?Wednesday approved the site plan and a special-use permit to allow M.H. Stallman Company to move to the former Hill & Markes building, located in the Edson Street Industrial Park.
With no one speaking during the public hearing, the board passed both items quickly and unanimously.
M.H. Stallman creates flexible foam for multiple products, ranging from medical, industrial, automotive, packaging, sports, leisure, and military applications.
An assessment filed by Senior Planner Kathy Tatara, the town's engineering consultant, said the new factory would have no impact on the area environmentally, culturally or socially. The business also will not affect traffic patterns, solid waste or drainage.
According to Tatara's report, the site plan will comply with all environmental and air regulations set up by the Department of Environmental Conservation, with the business having ample room to expand in the building.
The Montgomery County Planning board had previously waived the site plan, deeming it a local matter due to how small the impact was.
The site plan was to establish two concrete pads to place electrical equipment down for the factory.
The special-use permit allows the company to convert the Hill & Markes building from a distribution center, its original purpose, to a fabrication site for M.H. Stallman.
Jim Stallman, owner of M.H. Stallman, said he hopes to be in the building by the end of the month. He is currently waiting on permits from the DEC before he can open for business.
The board stated its approval of the permits is contingent on the DEC's permits being issued to the company.
M.H. Stallman originally had its headquarters in Rhode Island and a fabrication site in St. Johnsville. It's moving both operations to Amsterdam.
Stallman previously said he plans to start hiring immediately. The company previously stated it could hire between 40 and 50 employees.
"We're hopeful to have a good amount of jobs in before Christmas," he said previously.
The company wanted to move to Fulton County last year, but space was unavailable. The Empire State Development Corp. has promised Stallman $5 million in low-interest bond financing for his project. The company also has an existing loan from the Montgomery County IDA, which will be restructured for this project.
James Partyka, chairman of the board, said he is pleased, with everything looking "on the up and up."
Arthur Cleveland is the Montgomery County reporter. He can be reached at Montco@leaderherald.com.