Library furniture manufacturer gets the EDGE

The chidren's library at Worcester Public Library in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Photo By Hale Manufacturing

UTICA, N.Y. — Mohawk Valley EDGE, an economic development agency in Rome, New York, awarded a fourth-generation family furniture manufacturer with its annual Leading EDGE Award.

It is the 22nd year of distributing Leading EDGE Awards, the agency honored Hale Manufacturing, which specializes in library furniture and furniture for offices, courtrooms and restaurants.

The business, which opened in 1907 and is now based in Schuyler, New York, is being honored not just for being an industry leader but also because of its longevity.

Erika Romeo, vice president of Hale Manufacturing, told TV station, WKTV, that it is nice to be noticed. “We’ve been here for so long, since 1907, and to be recognized and noticed is a wonderful accomplishment and we are very excited.”

According to Hannah Phillips, marketing director for the agency, Hale Manufacturing is the first winner that produces finished wood products within Herkimer County, and was also honored as legacy business that has "staying power."

The Leading EDGE Awards were instituted in 1998 to recognize companies that aided the regional economy. In 2023, the agency decided to select and honor a legacy business. On Oct. 26, Hale Manufacturing and fellow award winnerw Munson Machinery and Utica First Insurance Company were presented with the awards.

"Alongside their other awardee cohort, Hale is a stunning example of multiple generations of dedication and work in the Mohawk Valley," Phillips said.



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