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Mark Johns
Assembly District 135
 
Supporting Upstate Companies Success Stories: Monro Muffler
Legislative Column from Assemblyman Mark Johns (R,C-Webster)
August 1, 2011

After the governor’s recent unveiling of the Finger Lakes Regional Development Council, it seems clear that New York is recommitting itself to local and regional investment. With nearly 800,000 New Yorkers looking to get back to work, this local fervor is highly welcomed. I always believed a less Albany-centered government is what will help turn around our state and economy.

Local involvement is important in helping to get the biggest bang out of our buck. Monro Muffler, in its 50 plus years of business, has grown to over 800 locations across the country and employed 5,300 folks right here in New York and in 18 other states. Throughout its years of success, Monro Muffler operations continued to called Monroe County home; but as it grew, so did their central office needs.

With the company’s various locations, they could have sought a cheaper, more affordable operations center in another state. However, they have always called Rochester home, so with the assistance of the Empire State Development Corporation (ESD), the City of Rochester, Monroe County and Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E), they devised an investment and expansion plan. With a $400,000 grant from ESD and $370,000 from RG&E, and property tax abatements from the county and city, Monro Muffler can keep employing Upstate New Yorkers.

Overall, between local help and Monro Muffler’s commitment to investing $4.7 million in their central office expansion, 190 jobs have been retained and 20 have been created. This is great news for our area. I’d like to see the Regional Development Council continue to create these kinds of success stories for Monroe County. It’s truly important to our economic competitiveness and health.

If there are any businesses interested in these new investment opportunities, I’d like to help you navigate through the process. Please call me at my office, (585) 223-9130, or email me at johnsm@assembly.state.ny.us.