New Process Gear Closes After 124 Years
Another long standing manufacturing concern has closed its doors. New Process Gear in Syracuse which, according to YNN, once employed nearly 4,000 workers closed up shop for good last Thursday. The auto parts manufacturer announced it was closing three years ago and has been downsizing its workforce ever since. The plant closure is more than just the end of an era.
“My dad had been there 40 years, and when I got a job there, I just thought I’d retire when I was 53 and a half, that’s not the case anymore, that’s just the way things are,” said Phil Mackay. “You just enjoyed going to work everyday, knowing that you could make a decent wage, and buy that house you wanted and send your kids to school,” said Mackay.
Like many upstate New York manufacturing concerns New Process Gear had employed generations of hard working Central New Yorkers and had become an essential part of the economic fabric. Those days, sadly, are over but the memories will live on in the hearts and minds of its dedicated workforce.