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Morse Manufacturing formally opens new Salina plant

By Eric Reinhardt


Nathan Andrews, president of Morse Manufacturing, holds the scissors for the traditional ribbon cutting at Wednesday’s formal opening of Morse’s new plant at 103 Kuhn Road in the town of Salina. Several government and local business officials gathered at Morse’s new location for the event. Morse manufactures ergonomic barrel and drum-handling equipment. (Eric Reinhardt / BJNN)

SALINA, N.Y. — Morse Manufacturing on Wednesday formally opened the firm’s new 120,000-square-foot facility at 103 Kuhn Road in the town of Salina.

The company, which manufactures drum-handling equipment, had previously operated in a 35,000-square-foot building at 727 W. Manlius St. in the village of East Syracuse. It had been located there since 1953, Nathan (Nate) Andrews, president of Morse Manufacturing, told those gathered for the formal opening ceremony.

The project cost $7.5 million, including renovations to the 120,000-square-foot building, site work, and landscaping, according to Onondaga County. Empire State Development is providing a $500,000 capital grant for the expansion project.

Morse is a third-generation family business. It was founded locally in 1923.

“My grandfather, Ralph Andrews, joined the company in 1943 and eventually bought the business,” Nate Andrews said in his remarks at the event. “My grandfather had the foresight to realize there was a need in the market for industrial products that can handle drums.”

Ralph Andrews invented the product category drum-handling equipment, his grandson noted.

As his remarks continued, Nate Andrews noted that his father, Robert, joined the firm in 1969. “He expanded the product offerings to more than 100 different variations of drum-handling equipment,” Andrews said of his father’s work with the company.

Morse Manufacturing says it has been known for decades as the “Specialist in Drum Handling.” In addition to its broad product line, the firm also offers customers an extensive dealer support network.

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