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Guest Column: State Sen. Tom O'Mara

"In a word, new project signals economic optimism"

ALBANY, Dec. 11, 2017 -- It is an exciting and incredibly timely development, to put it mildly.

I’m focusing this week -- because it deserves all of the attention it gets -- on Corning Incorporated’s recent announcement that its new “Valor Glass” project will create nearly 200 local jobs over the next few years. We’re talking about good manufacturing (and research and development) jobs at the Corning Innovation Support Center in Big Flats and the company’s Research and Development Facility at Sullivan Park in Erwin.

“Valor” seems a perfect designation for this effort, synonymous as this word is with boldness, dauntlessness, and determination -- all of which have been fundamental qualities of the Corning story since its founding in 1851. As written in Corning’s statement of its guiding values, “Corning is a leader, not a follower. Our history and our culture impel us to seek a leadership role in our markets, our multiple technologies, our manufacturing processes, our management practices, and our financial performance. The goods and services we produce are never merely ordinary and must always be truly useful.”

This has been true since Corning produced the first glass bulbs for Thomas Edison's light and the Pyrex baking dish right up to today's optical fiber and Gorilla glass.

Now, with Valor Glass, Corning Incorporated is leading the way once more in cutting-edge research, global innovation, and the high-tech advanced manufacturing that will ultimately define the 21st Century economy in so many fundamental ways.

Once again, the Southern Tier region is at the heart of the company’s progress. Corning’s development and manufacturing of Valor Glass right here in the Chemung Valley is a focal point of the corporation’s overall, comprehensive strategy to invest $500 million and create 1,000 new jobs nationally, which is just the beginning of what the company intends to be billions of dollars in new investment and thousands of new high-tech jobs moving forward.

Valor Glass is described as a “21st-century glass to protect medicines." It is a revolutionary advance in pharmaceutical glass packaging. The product addresses challenges in the glass injectable pharmaceutical market, thereby enhancing patient protections as well as access to medicines essential for public health.

Its production right here in our region reaffirms, as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo noted at the recent announcement, that “Corning has been a beacon of enterprise and innovation.”

Corning CEO Wendell Weeks said, "Valor Glass was invented right here in the Southern Tier so it is only fitting our first significant manufacturing operation be located here ... I believe the future of our community is brighter than ever."

Lucky for us.

Photo in text: State Senator Tom O'Mara

Schuyler County Officials

Legislature Members:

Top row (from left): Dennis Fagan, Jim Howell, Michael Lausell, Van Harp

Bottom row: Carl Blowers, Barbara Halpin, Phil Barnes, Mark Rondinaro


Legislature Chairman

Dennis Fagan, Tyrone 607-292-3687

Legislature Members:

Carl Blowers

Van Harp

Jim Howell

Barbara Halpin, 594-3683

Michael Lausell

Phil Barnes, Watkins Glen, 481-0482

Mark Rondinaro

County Clerk: Linda Compton, 535-8133

Sheriff: William Yessman, 535-8222

Undersheriff: Breck Spaulding, 535-8222

County Treasurer: Harriett Vickio, 535-8181

District Attorney: Joseph Fazzary, 535-8383


State, Federal Officials for Schuyler County

Sen. Charles E. Schumer

United States Senate
313 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-3201
DC Phone: 202-224-6542
DC Fax: 202-228-3027
Email Address:

Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand

United States Senate
478 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
DC Phone: 202-224-4451

State Senator Tom O'Mara -- Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Yates, western Tompkins, Enfield, Ithaca (Town and City), Newfield, Ulysses(Trumansburg)

Room 812, Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12247
Phone: (518) 455-2091
Fax: (518) 426-6976

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano-- Steuben, Schuyler, Yates
Room 723, Legislative Office Building
Albany, NY 12248
Phone: (518) 455-5791


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