HUDSON — Etsy, a global manufacturing, marketing and shipping company, is closing its Hudson facility, the mayor’s office confirmed Thursday.
The plant is expected to close permanently in September, Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson said Thursday.
Etsy’s Hudson facility was the base office for about 40 total employees, an Etsy spokesperson confirmed in an email Thursday. Most of these employees were already working primarily from home, so all that remains is to transition to a fully remote working model. The Hudson office will close in September 2022.
“The way we work and the way we use our offices has fundamentally changed since pre-pandemic times,” said Kim Seymour, Etsy’s director of human resources. “Our hybrid ways of working have been developed to encourage flexibility, autonomy and impact, enable us to attract and retain world-class talent, and continue to focus on growing our diverse culture. and inclusive.”
Hudson’s facility usage was extremely low, and many employees told the company they would like to continue working remotely, Seymour said.
“That’s why we’ve made the decision to close our physical office, transitioning our Hudson-based employees to our remote working mode. However, we remain deeply committed to the Hudson community. We’re ensuring that our employees are supported, able to work productively and can always collaborate effectively with their colleagues.”
The reaction to the news of the company’s impending closure was shocked and sad.
“It’s very disappointing and heartbreaking to learn that the company will be leaving Hudson,” Johnson said. “We had planned to partner with them on issues such as hiring and other issues, so this is a great loss for us.”
The Etsy building at 359-361 Columbia St. is owned by Cannonball Associates, LLC, whose address is given at 93 Fraleigh Lane in Red Hook, according to City of Hudson property records.
The Columbia Street address once housed the Cannonball Factory, named for its role as a manufacturer of explosives and ordnance during the Civil War, according to the PSA Architects website.
News of Etsy’s closure in Hudson took Columbia Economic Development Corporation President and CEO F. Michael Tucker by surprise. Etsy is a good business neighbor and has been a big contributor to the city’s economy by creating jobs, he said.
“We have gratefully benefited over the years that Etsy had an office presence in Hudson and appreciate their continued commitment to their Hudson-based employees,” Tucker said.
Etsy produces and markets handmade summer clothing and accessories, jewelry and accessories, furniture and footwear, home and living accessories, wedding and party accessories, toys and accessories entertainment, art supplies and collectibles and craft supplies, Johnson said.
Etsy was founded on June 18, 2005, by entrepreneur Rob Kalin and partners Chris Maguire and Haim Schoppik in Brooklyn, according to the company’s website. Brooklyn is home to the company’s headquarters.