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Duct manufacturer gets state grant to expand, add 50 jobs

New York State has awarded a $200,000 grant to a local manufacturer of ventilation ducts so that it can double the size of its office and factory.

The board of directors of Empire State Development, the state's primary business-aid agency, approved support for the $1.4 million expansion of J.M. Haley Corp., a family- owned company in the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning industry.

The small business has promised to add 50 jobs to its payroll of 65.

Earlier this year J.M. Haley moved from Westbury to a 10,000-square-foot building at 151 Toledo St. in East Farmingdale.

"They had outgrown a 5,000-square-foot space in Westbury, and they began searching for larger facilities in 2012 to support increased demand and new contracts," said Andrea Lohneiss, Empire State Development's Long Island regional director.

"A relocation to New Jersey was a serious consideration," she said, "due to lower facility and operations costs, and proximity to New York City, where a majority of their contracts are performed."

J.M. Haley will use the state grant to help defray the $990,000 cost of buying the East Farmingdale building and new equipment, according to state records.

The company's sheet-metal ducts have been used in office buildings in Manhattan and on college campuses in Farmingdale and Selden. Its contracts range from $25,000 to $1 million, Lohneiss told the ESD board last week.

J.M. Haley's expansion was also aided by the Babylon Town Industrial Development Agency, which provided tax breaks for 15 years.

The company has operated for more than 40 years, and some of its employees are represented by Local 355 of the United Service Workers Union.

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