It's the end of the line for Syracuse China in Lyncourt. When the last of the remaining two hundred and seventy five workers leave the plant in March, their loss will be felt. Right across the street at Nobiles barbershop, the owner remarked that Syracuse China is a big landmark for the community and it's loss is going to hurt.
It will hurt businesses like the Lucky 7 Market, which has been serving up sandwiches to Syracuse China workers for almost twenty years. The Lucky 7 owner says "It's like a family to us. Everyday we see them coming in when they come in for work. For years we know them."Local businesses aren't the only ones feeling the impact of Syracuse China's closing. The Lyncourt school district gets the majority of its property tax revenue from the plant.
Salina Town Supervisor, Mark Nicotra, says Lyncourt is a small school district. They depend on every dollar and every loss of money will have a severe impact. Hopefully, tax revenue from the new, multimillion dollar Southern Wine and Spirits distribution center should help offset any lost tax revenue for the Lyncourt district. Nicotra says the fact that the distribution center chose to build in Salina is proof the town can bounce back from this latest setback.
Southern Wine and Spirits is a huge facility that is looking to expand. That is a shining example of people wanting to do business here in Salina.
What future businesses may set up in Salina is not known. What is known, is come March, for the first time in more than 150 years, Syracuse China will no longer be made in Central New York.