Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, D-N.Y., has announced that EkoStinger, the $1 million grand prize winner of the 2018 76West Clean Energy Competition, has opened its new manufacturing plant in New York’s Southern Tier, creating new jobs that support the local community. The new plant will manufacture devices for tractor trailers that reduce emissions and increase fuel efficiency.
Launched by Cuomo in 2016, the 76West Clean Energy Competition focuses on supporting and growing clean energy businesses and economic development.
EkoStinger, which is based in Rochester, N.Y., manufactures under-trailer aerodynamic devices for tractor trailers. Each device installed can reduce emissions by 4.9 metric tons per year – the equivalent of taking one car off the road.
Since winning the competition last September, EkoStinger has signed a lease for the new 8,000-square-foot facility at Elmira Corning Regional Airport, purchased new equipment from local vendors and hired six new employees. The new facility is expected to increase production for EkoStinger from 2,000 to 8,000 units a year, allowing the company to expand its customer base, which currently includes Bridgestone, Raymour and Flanigan, Nestle, Ryder, Penske, and Hyundai, among others.