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Plug Power Expands Manufacturing in New York’s Finger Lakes Region with the Grand Opening of its Facility in Rochester

With continued support from Empire State Development, Plug Power’s new high-tech manufacturing expansion strengthens its position as a leader in cutting-edge hydrogen fuel cell technology

LATHAM, N.Y., Feb. 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Plug Power Inc. (PLUG), a leading provider of energy solutions that change the way the world moves, announces its continued expansion of high-tech manufacturing in Rochester, NY. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will join Joe Morelle, the U.S. Representative for New York at a grand opening on February 22, 2019 to discuss New York State’s investment in this project which complements the regionally designed “Finger Lakes Forward” economic development plan. The state’s dedication to clean, renewable energy will be highlighted. Plug Power’s commitment to green job creation is helping this initiative succeed by encouraging economic growth in the local community. With this newest manufacturing expansion, Plug Power is on pace to achieve its goal of creating more than 180 new jobs in clean tech for the state.”

The facility is located at the Eastman Business Park, formerly Kodak Park. Plug Power has partnered with Kodak to utilize its high-speed roll to roll digital coating equipment. Through this relationship, Plug Power gains use of the high-tech capability it needs to ramp up production of its Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA) technology for zero emission hydrogen fuel cells. Additionally, Plug Power has opened a final assembly facility with partner EEP, allowing the company to keep up with the demands of a growing industry.

“I’ve lived in Upstate New York for over a decade and still continue to be impressed by the availability of bright, inventive minds that are ready and willing to jump right in and work,” said Andy Marsh, CEO, Plug Power. “As the leader of Plug Power, it’s incredible to not only run a business that provides a green solution that is changing the way the world moves, but also where I can help bring more lucrative, green jobs to the people of my own state.”

With a global push for cleaner solutions and reduced carbon emissions, the demand for sustainable technology such as hydrogen fuel cells is crucial. Having the infrastructure and smart, hardworking people to take that next step is essential in order to further grow a clean, and sustainable future. Plug Power’s expansion in the Finger Lakes Region, which is robust with skillful and driven people, as well as access to advanced technology that streamlines the path to safe and cutting-edge technology, ensures Plug Power’s position as the leader in hydrogen fuel cell technology.

"Plug Power joins the growing list of companies ‎expanding and creating jobs in Rochester and the Finger Lakes region," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who made today's announcement in Rochester. "This investment is a boost for good paying clean energy jobs and complements our statewide efforts to focus on renewable energy production to combat the growing threat of climate change."

Congressman Joe Morelle said, “New York has always been a leader in green energy and innovative technology – Plug Power continues that legacy by leveraging our core assets to invest in advanced manufacturing that strengthens our local economy, creates new clean tech jobs while shrinking our carbon footprint. I am grateful to Plug Power and our many government and community partners who remain dedicated to creating new job opportunities and working towards a cleaner, more sustainable future.”

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, "New York State’s strategic investments in advanced manufacturing and sustainable energy production are supporting innovators like Plug Power in developing new technologies that will drive both the Finger Lakes economy and build the state’s commitment to clean energy industries.”

"Our acquisition of American Fuel Cell last year allowed Plug Power to leverage AFC’s expertise to manufacture innovative MEA technology that’s unique to our vision and customer needs,” said Keith Schmid, COO, Plug Power. "Combining the team’s design capabilities with Kodak’s digital high speed coating technology, we’ve been able to rapidly turn our vision into a reality, producing more than 10,000 of Plug Power’s new MEAs to date, with plans to deliver up to 400,000 in 2019.”

About Plug Power Inc.
The architect of modern hydrogen and fuel cell technology, Plug Power is the innovator that has taken hydrogen and fuel cell technology from concept to commercialization. Plug Power has revolutionized the material handling industry with its full-service GenKey solution, which is designed to increase productivity, lower operating costs and reduce carbon footprints in a reliable, cost-effective way. The Company’s GenKey solution couples together all the necessary elements to power, fuel and serve a customer. With proven hydrogen and fuel cell products, Plug Power replaces lead acid batteries to power electric industrial vehicles, such as the lift trucks customers use in their distribution centers. 

Expanding its reach into the on-road electric vehicle market, Plug Power’s ProGen platform of modular fuel cell engines empowers OEMs and system integrators to rapidly adopt hydrogen fuel cell technology. ProGen engines are proven today, with thousands in service, supporting some of the most rugged operations in the world. Plug Power is the partner that customers trust to take their businesses into the future. Learn more at www.plugpower.com.

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