Compin USA is headed to Wayland, New York, where it will open a facility to manufacture and upholster train seats.
The company, which specializes in public transport interiors, will set up shop in Gunlocke, an established manufacturer of office and business furniture. The two companies will partner on public transport projects, including Amtrak’s next-generation high-speed trains.
Compin USA will exclusively manufacture railway passenger seats and interior components at the plant, the company said in a press release. The project will include the creation of an upholstery unit.
Gunlocke recently moved its upholstery division to Iowa, laying off 23 upholsterers in its Wayland facility. But with Compin USA coming to town, the upholsterers will need to be rehired.
“Gunlocke announced last fall they were going to be relocating to Iowa and [Compin USA] is coming in lock, stock and barrel and taking over the space, taking over the equipment and hopefully rehiring all those employees who are impacted,” said Jamie Johnson, executive director of Steuben County’s Industrial Development Agency.
Carol Mykel, Wayland’s town supervisor, welcomed the news.
“We are very pleased to welcome Compin to Wayland,” said Mykel. “Gunlocke has been a long-time employer for us and their recent, necessary downsizing was a cause for concern for our residents. We look forward to the increased employment opportunities that this move makes immediately available for our area and look forward to more as the company grows their local operation.”