Company leases space at Glenville Business Park
GLENVILLE Another company has signed on to occupy the Glenville Business and Technology Park, and this one has plenty of ties to the local community.
Pond and Lucier, LLC, which also does business as PAL Turbine Services, will lease 60,000 square feet inside Building 202 at the park so that it can upgrade turbines and other power generation equipment, according to a news release issued today.
The company, based in Clifton Park with offices around the region, first opened in 1999 to offer gas turbine services from former General Electric employees. Over time, it expanded its services to include steam turbines, generator field engineering, fuel and control system upgrades, among others.
“PAL Turbine Services is well known in providing engineering services to the power generation industry and we welcome them to Schenectady County and the Glenville Business and Technology Park,” said Cathy Gatta, a Schenectady County legislator from Glenville and Schenectady County IDA member, in the news release. “The addition of PAL to Schenectady County continues to build our reputation as a home for national and international energy related businesses.”
Its first task once inside its new space will be to recondition two gas turbine units that were first built more than 40 years ago in Schenectady. The units originally were shipped out to the Midwest where they were used by the Kansas Power & Light Co. in Tecumseh and then later by Westar Energy, Kansas’s largest electric utility company.
The units will be shipped back to Schenectady, along with ancillary turbine components from Saginaw, Mich., for retrofitting by PAL Turbine Services’ GE-trained field service and factory engineers, many of whom once worked for GE.
“It is great to see these GE units coming home to their ‘birthplace’ in Schenectady,” said Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority Chairman Ray Gillen in the release.
All of the company’s engineers graduated from GE’s Field Engineering Program at its Niskayuna training facility.
“All of our engineers have strong roots in Schenectady, as most of us came here for training after college,” said company owner and General Manager David Lucier in the release. “Many of us also worked at local facilities in various management positions in our GE days.”
PAL will lease its new space from Galesi Group, joining Adirondack Beverages, Dimension Fabricators, DHA Energy, Latham Plastics, Norampac and other businesses inside the 310-acre business park.
In the last month, county officials have announced 240,000 square feet worth of new projects in Glenville. These include a new distribution center for North Carolina-based Old Dominion Freight Line, a new business jet hangar for Richmor Aviation, a temporary relocation of National Grid workers, and a new mixed-use building at Socha Plaza.