Former Tech City in Ulster County Gets New Life

KINGSTON – Governor Kathy Hochul last Thursday announced Zinc8 Energy Solutions, USA, a leader in the long-duration energy storage industry, will relocate its $68 million manufacturing facility and U.S. headquarters to Kingston, Ulster County at the former Tech City, IBM Ulster campus, now known as iPark 87 business park. Zinc8 Energy Solutions develops innovative battery technology that uses zinc and air as fuel. Zinc8 has committed to creating up to 500 jobs, complementing New York State’s national leadership in growing the green economy, spearheading efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and prioritization of combating climate change. The company’s location to Ulster County supports Governor Hochul’s newly announced framework for the State to achieve a nation-leading six gigawatts of energy storage by 2030.

“Creating good jobs that will lead to a greener, more sustainable New York for our children and grandchildren is not only beneficial to our economy, it’s the right thing to do for our planet,” Governor Hochul said. “Zinc8’s cutting edge, clean energy storage technology is another tool that will allow us to achieve our bold climate agenda and continue to make New York State a leader in advancing the green economy.”

Governor Kathy Hochul makes an economic development and clean energy innovation announcement in Kingston.  Photo: Mike Groll
Governor Kathy Hochul makes an economic development and clean energy innovation announcement in Kingston. Photo: Mike Groll

Zinc8 Energy Solutions (Zinc8) has submitted a Letter of Intent to be the anchor tenant and lease approximately 237,000 square feet of warehouse and outdoor space at iPark 87, which is owned by National Resources. Zinc8 will invest approximately $68 million over 5 years to automate and build out the site, making the region Zinc8’s U.S. headquarters and a major hub of manufacturing operations, research and development. Empire State Development (ESD) has agreed to provide up to $9 million in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits to encourage and support the creation of 500 jobs.

The new $100 million iPark 87 business park will serve as a mixed-use technology campus, transforming the former IBM site and positioning the former TechCity as an innovative center for economic growth after 30 years of stagnation. Part of iPark87’s plan is to build a 600-unit net-zero carbon footprint sustainable residential community, powered 100 percent by renewal energy and constructed fully from sustainable building materials. The business park will also include several public amenities like pocket parks, bike and walking trails, and a wellness and arts center. Recognizing the goals of job creation, economic growth and sustainability for the campus and the surrounding region, ESD supported the business park’s development with an $8 million grant through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative.

Representative Pat Ryan said, “This is a huge win not just for Ulster County and the Hudson Valley, but for the entire state of New York. I’ve proudly fought to turn around iPark 87 since my first day as County Executive and led the charge with National Resources, the EPA, Governor Hochul and Senator Schumer to revitalize this important site. Zinc8’s manufacturing facility will bring hundreds of good-paying, green jobs to the region, and sends a statement that the Hudson Valley will be at the forefront of economic development in New York State for decades to come.”

Ulster County Executive Jen Metzger said, “When I served in the State Senate and worked to pass New York’s nation-leading Climate Act, I spoke often of the significant economic benefits to our communities that this law promised. With companies like Zinc8 coming to Ulster we are now seeing the fruits of this law materialize: the creation of family-sustaining jobs in cutting edge industries that build a ladder into the middle class. I want to thank Governor Hochul for her forward-looking leadership in supporting the right kind of investment in Ulster County, and look forward to working with her administration on workforce development initiatives to complement this investment and provide the trained workforce we need for the green economy.”

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