Rockland County Executive Ed Day has visited a local businesses that demonstrates how Rockland’s improved economy is helping firms grow and keeps the county’s jobless rate among the lowest in the state.
United Structural Works, located in Congers, is in the midst of building a 50,000 square foot additional that will double its size.
The company was founded 12 years ago by local resident Cormach Murrihy. It has been located in Congers for seven years.
“We appreciate the fact that a smart businessman like Cormach Murrihy made the decision to locate and expand his business in Rockland County,” said County Executive Ed Day. “It shows that Rockland County’s efforts to become business-friendly are paying off.”
The county executive also pointed out that businesses like USW are responsible in part for Rockland County having one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state. New figures released by the state Department of Labor shows that Rockland’s unemployment rate of 4 percent puts Rockland among the 10 lowest jobless rates in New York.
“We appreciate the opportunities that Rockland County has given my company that has helped it grow,” Murrihy said.
United Structural Works makes structural steel fabrications and erectors that are used in the design of well-known building projects, including the new Tappan Zee Bridge, the Freedom Tower, Chelsea Piers and the Met Life building.
It has grown to over 200 employees. More will be hired once the addition is completed.
The company uses the most up-to-date techniques and much of the space in its new building will be dedicated to automated manufacturing.
United Structural Works makes numerous contributions to Rockland County.
The company hires many local young people who graduate from college with an engineering degree. Murrihy is also actively looking to hire skilled tradespeople, including welders.
He is a philanthropist who has contributed to numerous local causes, including the Gaelic Athletic Association.
Murrihy was named Rockland Economic Development Corporation Entrepreneur of the year in 2010. He also received the 2010 New York State Assembly Certificate of Merit as Entrepreneur of the Year and was recognized as one of Rockland Country’s 2011 “Forty Under Forty.”