HONEOYE FALLS, NY. (WHAM) - Nearly six years after being closed, the former General Motors facility in Honeoye Falls will be getting new life.
The custom engineering firm Han-Tek announced Thursday that it will be moving into the former fuel-cell research plant on Carriage Street, after Christmas. They made a formal announcement on the property Friday.
The plant in Honeoye Falls was shuttered in 2012 and cost more than 220 employees their jobs. Han-Tek said it plans to add 20-30 new positions as part of its expansion in the new space.
“As a company that produces integrated automated material handling solutions and large cranes, the added space in a state-of-the-art facility is critical to Han-Tek’s growth and continued success,” said Patrick Tobin, president of Han-Tek.
Honeoye Falls village mayor Richard Milne said earlier this month that he anticipates the changes will have a large impact in the community.
“We are excited to have businesses moving to the village and are happy to have Han-Tek become part of our community.” Milne said in a statement Thursday.
Currently, Han-Tek is located in Victor, just off of Route 96. Han-Tek said it is thankful to the Victor community and neighboring businesses where they’ve built a home for the past 50 years.
Han-Tek will also bring in the Honeoye Falls-Lima robotics team so they can get hands-on experience in the field.
"We really want to make sure our students have an opportunity to understand what happens in high-technology companies, particularly ones they might have careers in," said Dr. Bruce Capron, HF-L's assistant superintendent for business and operations. "And we also want our teachers to be able to learn about what happens in these companies and these careers so we can help prepare our students with the skills they need to be successful."
The firm said it plans to move into the plant some time in the late spring or early summer of 2019.
Renovations at the plant are expected to begin after the holidays and be completed by 2020.