by Dave Warner

Mohawk Hospital Equipment/Mohawk Healthcare is going to move its distribution center to Little Falls by mid to late summer.

In a press release, the company announced that they are going to occupy the 100,000 square foot facility at 25 Industrial Park Drive. The move will also bring 27 jobs to Little Falls.

Mohawk Healthcare is headquartered in Utica and has been serving the area since 1946. Their mission is to provide hospitals, surgery centers, physician offices, nursing homes, and other caregivers, with a wide range of medical products, services, and support.

According to Tom Spellman, Jr., President of Mohawk Healthcare “We currently operate out of three buildings in Utica, two of which are in the footprint of the new hospital. The 100,000 square foot building at 25 Industrial Park Drive best fits our needs.”

John J. Piseck, Jr., the Executive Director of the Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency said that the company qualified for a PILOT or payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement to make the move. A public hearing will be held to outline the terms of the agreement – 50% off property taxes the first year, then scaling up 5% a year for 10 years with the arrangement. There will be savings on sales tax on equipment and building materials as well.

Piseck stated, “I do not believe anyone will be opposed as we all need jobs.”

“With Mohawk Hospital Equipment moving their distribution center to Little Falls, it is another great opportunity for the city, county, and the region. They could have moved anywhere, however, they chose Little Falls, an up and coming community in Herkimer County. The Herkimer County IDA looks forward to working with Mohawk Hospital Equipment for many years,” said Piseck.

Mayor Mark Blask stated “The industrial park is a fantastic location for businesses interested in relocating to Little Falls. I’m glad that they’re coming to Little Falls and will be bringing jobs with them.”

The company’s business offices and corporate headquarters will remain in Utica.

The company is currently hiring drivers and warehouse clerks. If you are interested in a position, call 1-800-962-5660 to apply.