Advocacy in Action with Gagne, Incorporated
Last month, Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce staff joined Executive VP of Gagne Incorporated, Bill Clark, for a tour of their facilities and to discuss any obstacles and opportunities for the Chamber to assist with business growth and development. CEO of the Leadership Alliance, Stacey Duncan, Mina Hoblitz, Government Relations & Public Policy Manager, and Morgan White, Talent Initiatives & Special Project Coordinator, ran through the variety of programs at the Chamber and how to get involved from advocacy efforts through talent attraction & development, and more.
Gagne Inc. was first established in downtown Binghamton in 1965 and now operates their manufacturing facility at 41 Commercial Drive in Johnson City. A family-owned company, Gagne boasts an impressive international presence in their industry, manufacturing five different product families and specializing in the customization of light boxes and engineered industrial bellows. Their full product offerings also include LED signage & light guides, acrylic displays, and plastic fabrication. Fun fact! Gagne’s bellows were actually featured in the Iron Man 2 movie along with several other major films!
For over 50 years, Gagne’s lightboxes have been regarded as simply the best light box on the market, beating out competitors in both quality and price. Gagne’s porta-trace lightboxes have allowed thousands to improve their work performance and pursue their passions across a variety of industry such as as art & photography, medical & dental, drafting & engineering, and much more. Gagne’s products are sold worldwide with a client base that ranges from typical consumers to artists, brands, and even the US Military depending on the need. While they are selling all over the world, Gagne prides themselves on supporting the local supply chain by purchasing equipment and materials locally whenever possible.
Gagne’s commitment to our area is also reflected in their workplace culture. Gagne currently employs about twenty staff members across administration, sales, accounting, engineering, and manufacturing, to name a few of the positions found within the operation. Many of Gagne’s employees have actually worked for the company for twenty or more years, with the longest running employee coming up on 56 years with the company in 2022. Gagne promotes the importance of work/life balance, which can be easily found right here in Broome County. VP Clark noted during the tour that Gagne truly invests in their employees, and will even hire students out of high school without a college degree and provide them with the training they need to build a career in manufacturing.
Thank you to the VP Clark and the team at Gagne for your hospitality and for your longstanding membership with the Chamber. The Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce is here to support you in anyway that we can! Interested in more of the history behind Gagne Inc? Check out their Made in Broome story here!