DEERFIELD, Mass (WWLP) - After fifteen years in Deerfield, tool-maker "Disston Company" will move to Chicopee next month.
They've been there a long time, ever since I was young and I had family that worked there actually, said Deerfield resident Patrick Connell.
Disston is leaving this 270,000 square foot site on West Industrial Drive in Deerfield. They make an assortment of different industrial saws and blades.
Over one-hundred thousand dollars in taxes are paid to the town of Deerfield every year from the company, and fifty people currently work there.
Now new CEO, Stephen Chen has purchased a 130,000 square foot industrial building in Chicopee where they are moving next month.
While those fifty employees will still be staying with the company down in Chicopee, the production line has also moved overseas to China, to compete with national brands such as Dewalt and Black and Decker.
It certainly hurts when it's shipped overseas to China, but at least they'll still be in Chicopee. We certainly will miss having them here in South Deerfield, said Steve Schechterle, a local businessman.
The manager of Hillside Dairy, Shoshone Sadoski said, "I think anytime any company leaves a local community that it's going to affect any business' here. And we all kind of depend on each other so it's what helps the community grow."
Disston Company has been producing tools for 165 years, and is one of the last U.S. manufacturing companies of its kind.