The community of Port Jervis can collectively exhale now. Kolmar Laboratories isn't leaving town. Christian Farrell has reaction to the news.
PORT JERVIS, N.Y. -- "I didn't want Kolmar to move. I didn't know what I'd do. I've been here for 30 years. I didn't know what I would do," said Debbie Nason.
Now Debbie Nason and her Kolmar Laboratories co-workers no longer have to worry about finding new jobs. Kolmar Labs, a fixture in the City of Port Jervis for nearly 70 years, is staying put in Port, thanks to a $5 million deal state officials put together to keep the cosmetic manufacturer from moving out of state.
"I'm happy. Very happy. I think most everybody in there is happy," said Nason.
And according to Port Jervis Mayor Russell Potter, most everybody in the city has reason to be happy.
"We've had generations of workers. The parents worked there, the children worked there. Now the grandchildren are working there. It's definitely been a part of the fabric of this community for many, many years. And it looks like it's going to be part of the community for many, many more years. That's a good thing," said Potter.
As one of the largest employers in Port Jervis with about 500 employees, the general consensus around the city is that if Kolmar had picked up and left town, this community no longer would have been a fun place to live, work and play.
"It would have been terrible for Port Jervis. There's nothing in Port Jervis. The only other big employer in Port Jervis is the hospital. And if you don't have people working, then you can't afford to go to the hospital. It would have just closed up Port Jervis in my feeling, "said Eileen Simpson, a retired Kolmar employee.
Now Kolmar officials say with the injection of state money there are actually future plans to expand operations, not in Texas, Louisiana or New Jersey, but right here, in Port Jervis.