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Two LI defense contractors to invest $20.5M in upgrades, create 21 jobs

Edo Corp. in North Amityville, which makes aircraft

Edo Corp. in North Amityville, which makes aircraft antennas and electronics, plans building and equipment improvements. Credit: Newsday / Kathy Kmonicek

Two defense contractors plan to invest a total of $20.5 million in new equipment and other improvements to their Suffolk County factories, officials said.

Edo Corp. and Curtiss-Wright Flow Control Corp. received allocations of low-cost electricity from the state Power Authority yesterday to support the plant upgrades, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced.

The defense contractors were among seven local recipients of power allocations, including NYU Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, which is planning a $137 million expansion of its maternity and emergency departments.

Edo was granted 606 kilowatts for facilities at 1250 and 1500 New Horizons Blvd. in North Amityville. A thousand kilowatts can power between 800 to 1,000 homes.

Edo plans to spend $11 million for production and testing equipment and improvements to both buildings, according to state records.

The company pledged to create 11 jobs. It employs nearly 500 people making antennas for helicopters and advanced electronics used to release weapons carried by military aircraft.

A spokesman for Edo’s parent, Harris Corp. of Melbourne, Florida, wasn’t able to respond by press time yesterday.

Curtiss-Wright Flow was given 600 kilowatts for 1966 Broad Hollow Rd. in East Farmingdale, where it plans to invest $9.5 million for equipment and building upgrades.

The company, a unit of Curtiss-Wright Corp. of Charlotte, North Carolina, pledged to create 10 jobs. It has a payroll of 338 people and specializes in valves and safety systems used by the U.S. Navy. A spokesman didn’t respond to a request for comment.

The seven local businesses that won power allocations under the state’s ReCharge NY program will receive the cheap electricity for as long as seven years if they keep investment and employment promises, according to authority CEO Gil Quiniones.

The largest allocation — 1,826 kilowatts — went to NYU Winthrop for its expansion, which will add 120 jobs to a workforce of 2,350 people.

One company, Webair Internet Development Co. Inc., received a second power allocation. The Garden City-based provider of cloud computing, colocation and disaster recovery services was awarded an additional 666 kilowatts. It had received 266 kilowatts in 2014.

Webair has hired five people in the past three years, bringing its payroll to 39. It now plans to hire 10 more as part of a $6 million project that calls for the purchase of generators and other equipment.

Cuomo, noting the electricity is generated by hydroelectric dams in upstate Niagara Falls and Massena, said the “state’s clean, efficient power . . . helps more businesses hire, expand and thrive in every corner of the Empire State.”

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