August 9, 2011
Hanna takes business tour
Congressman stops by Marietta, Pyrotek to hear about challenges facing companies
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
David Hempson, Marietta Corp. senior vice president of business development, shows Rep. Richard Hanna, right, the company’s new tube line during a tour of the Huntington Street facility Monday morning.
Rep. Richard Hanna toured the Marietta Corp. facilities on Huntington Street and Central Avenue on Monday, representing the first stop of his “Hanna Means Business” tour.
Hanna said the goal of the tour is to learn how he can help businesses large and small in the 24th Congressional District.
“Marietta shows that there are some strong employers here in Upstate New York,” Hanna said, adding he was impressed with the company’s facilities. “What a wonderful thing to have here in the community.”
The company manufactures hotel amenities, including lotions, shampoos, conditioners and body washes. It makes other products in the cosmetics, pharmaceutical, health and beauty, and food industries.
Marietta also contracts to make products for larger companies like Tide.
It produced Tide’s first line of instant stain remover pens. The pens became a hit and Tide started manufacturing them on its own, said David Hempson, Marietta’s senior vice president of business development.
Marietta employs about 700 people, said Perry Morgan, the company’s chief financial officer. The company has facilities in Los Angeles, Chicago and Mississippi.
Marietta Corp. was formed in 1976 when it began packaging soap and shampoo for hotels in the Northeast. In 2004, it was sold to ARES Management, LLC, an investment firm.
During the tour, Hanna asked company officials about the challenges they faced and how he could help. Morgan mentioned the company’s ongoing wastewater situation. Marietta has had to haul its wastewater out of the city for nearly four years.
In 2007, the city pinpointed the company’s plants as the source of high levels of toxicity in city wastewater. The city has been working with the company for several years to solve the problem.
Morgan said he is optimistic the wastewater problem could be solved in the near future, as the company looks to find in-house pretreatment equipment to handle its wastewater.
Once Marietta installs the equipment, it can again have its wastewater treated at the city wastewater treatment plant.
In June, Hanna visited Glyph Technologies as part of a tour to announce his “HARVEST” jobs economic plan for Upstate New York.
Hanna (R-Barneveld), who built and managed a construction company before taking office in January, said his jobs plan contains a series of polices that will help bolster the upstate New York economy. He said he will support legislation in areas such as high-tech manufacturing, agriculture, lowering business taxes, labor for veterans, education, incentives for small businesses, and transportation and infrastructure.
He also visited Pyrotek on Route 13 in South Cortland and met with medical professionals at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca during a roundtable luncheon. He plans to visit other upstate businesses throughout the month.
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