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Gillibrand tours Colonie manufacturer
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COLONIE - A local manufacturer has doubled the size of its work force in the last three years and expects growth to continue.

Precision Valve and Automation told its story Monday to a tour group that included Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Precision Valve and Automation moved into its current building off of Route 9 three years ago after outgrowing a couple of smaller facilities.

Founder Anthony Hynes led elected officials and area chamber of commerce leaders on a tour Monday morning.

A significant portion of the company's product is shipped to other nations.

Hynes says he's been urged from time to time to relocate manufacturing elsewhere, but when he considers all the numbers it just doesn't make sense.

"I've been in 35 U.S. states, probably two dozen foreign countries and I have never been anywhere where you cannot only find people that are as smart and willing to work," Hynes said. "Even beyond that, people who are as flexible and as nimble as you can find here."

Hynes says the second major plus keeping PVA in the area is the cooperation and enthusiasm the company gets from local government.

Certainly positive comments for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who outlined various measures she's working on trying to improve business conditions in the state. 

"Transparency and accountability, making sure that the size of your budget doesn't determine the size of your voice," Gillibrand said.

Gillibrand is up for reelection in the fall. While Monday's tour wasn't clearly political, it wasn't clearly non-political either.

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