Paychex adding 625 jobs at former Verizon building in Henrietta

Paychex will move into at least part of the former Verizon call center in Henrietta (WHAM photo)

Henrietta, N.Y. (WHAM) - Paychex is hiring in a big way. It has a five-year plan to expand in Henrietta that includes more than 600 new jobs.

The company will also create a campus to consolidate other locations it currently leases around Monroe County.

At the center of the expansion is a location where hundreds of jobs were lost earlier this year. The Verizon name remains on the building located on Calkins Road, but it is vacant. Last fall, Verizon announced it would close its call center and did so in January.

Paychex courted some of the displaced workers with a job fair. Now it will take over 300,000 square feet of space where those very employees went to work.

"Paychex is Rochester-proud and growing," said CEO Martin Mucci.

Mucci said the company will give up leased spaces elsewhere in Henrietta, Brighton and Webster and move those employees to the new location. It will also add 625 new positions. "Those are incremental jobs - about 125 per year for five years. So we're growing and expanding," said Mucci.

Governor Cuomo and his Empire State Development CEO Howard Zemesky were in Henrietta Tuesday for the announcement.

"That is a real number," said Zemesky. "I have been doing this job for 22 years and 625 jobs makes a big impact on the economy."

The number of new jobs pretty much replaces the number lost when Verizon closed up shop. It also points out the tricky reality of an economy no longer rooted in factories or inventory or retail space.

"Now you can pick up your laptop and get on a plane and go anywhere in the world," said Governor Cuomo. "The economy is more mobile every day and every state is in competition for businesses."

The expansion by Paychex in Henrietta comes with $11.5 million in Empire State Development tax credits as part of the agreement for those jobs. Yet Paychex will have skin in the game, investing $58.4 million. The project is expected to be completed in July 2018.

Paychex employs roughly 4,400 in Monroe County and approximately 14,000 people nationwide.

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