Friday, 10 February 2017 20:31
80 New Jobs in Malta
MALTA — Arnoff Global Logistics/Arnoff Moving and Storage, Inc., is beginning operations in its new Malta location and expects construction and renovations to be fully complete in time for a grand opening in mid-May. “Construction is in its final push, not phase, getting ready to move in,” said Mike Arnoff, president of the company. “We’re starting to wind down; the office furniture was delivered last week – that was very exciting. Something as simple as the paper towel holders arriving on a big pallet – everything is exciting. It’s been a dream starting to come to fruition.” The 93-year-old, five generation company began the relocation process last year to the former Racemark International location in Malta. (See “More Jobs Heading to Saratoga County” on the cover of Saratoga TODAY’s May 27, 2016 issue.) The company expects to add another 80 jobs to its payroll this year, with future growth expected. Arnoff’s provides logistical services, moving and storage for everything from dietary supplements to auto repair parts to semiconductor components to fine art. The company can move anything from a small box to an entire Fortune 500 firm. They have a substantial direct consumer focus, and can move a family from Clifton Park to Wilton, or out to Aspen, Colorado, for example. The new business center will operate as an Upper Hudson Valley counterpart to Arnoff’s longstanding headquarters location in Dutchess County. The new 100,000+ square foot warehouse and state-of-the-art distribution facility is the first building on the 40-acre land, and it features eight loading docks, two drive-in doors, 40 trailer parking positions, 30 straight truck and tractor parking positions, temperature and humidity controlled storage areas, and high security. In addition, nearly 20,000 square feet of class A office space will be available to serve customers with temporary and/or permanent work space, close to their logistics or fulfillment operations. “They are a good company,” said Dennis Brobston, president of the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation (SEDC). “Arnoff was looking at future growth on those 40 acres, to not only develop a property for themselves, but also ancillary businesses that complement their work. For a family-owned organization that really stresses good partnerships with their employees and good benefits, they are the class of company you like to work with. To do what they do in the world is great, but they are also good community members and good employers.” Arnoff takes deep, personal pride in the company’s reputation as a good employer. “We’ve been in a hiring mode to build staff for the new facility,” said Arnoff, “and we recently hired the granddaughter of a very long-time employee. That is the cultural root of our company, not only looking at the Arnoff blood family, but the family feeling that has evolved to our employees. It’s a culture we’re very proud of, and it makes us who we are. There’s just that one little bit of more pride in the job we do, in each task we get from each customer. What would grandpa say? It’s not just me asking that question. Now this young woman in our finance department is asking it, too.” Arnoff had nothing but praise for Brobston, as well. “I see him as a major asset to the county and the community, and I know firsthand how he has helped us. He has great knowledge of the people and the components of economic development.” And there’s plenty of that in the company’s future given its ability to develop several facilities on those 40 acres. Arnoff said companies have already been in touch with him, interested in the property. “Here’s our dilemma and what our team is evaluating now,” said Arnoff. “Our business is growing at a substantial rate, and there’s no crystal ball. We can’t sell off land that we might need in future. It’s an exciting problem to have, and this 100,000-square foot building is not a lot of room for growth, so what’s the next building that Arnoff is going to need to effectively service our customers?” Arnoff does have one answer to that question that is currently in the works. Although he was not prepared at the time of the interview to give all the facts about it, he did say that the company is planning to introduce out of this facility a very specific storage for people’s personal affects. “We call it the Arnoff vault,” said Arnoff. “We do it now in the lower Hudson Valley, and this building will allow us to introduce this service to the Saratoga County community. “It’s an alternative to traditional self-storage. A secure, temperature-controlled, insect- and rodent-controlled environment. Look for more information by end of April. “Our goal is to have a grand opening, ribbon cutting mid-May. Our family likes parties, and Dennis has been great to us, the community has welcomed us with open arms, so we want to do something really nice.” For more information, visit arnoff.com.