Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone and Councilman Mark Cuthbertson recently toured Canon’s new Americas Headquarters, a 700,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, environmentally sensitive building that is the latest addition to the Melville landscape.
“Bringing Canon to Huntington took much hard work and cooperation, and I’m pleased to see those efforts come to fruition so wonderfully,” Petrone said. “We look forward to many years of working with Canon and its employees and to the contributions they will make to our economy and to the fabric of Town life.”
“We welcome Canon to Huntington and hope that other companies will view Canon’s experiences with the Town favorably and consider Huntington when they are looking at new business locations,” Councilman Cuthbertson said.
Supervisor Petrone and Councilman Cuthbertson were instrumental in bringing Canon to Huntington, beginning with a meeting several years ago with Canon executive vice president Seymour Liebman after they learned Canon was looking for a new site to replace its then-headquarters in Lake Success.
The headquarters consolidates nearly 1,400 Canon employees in one central location. Canon projects that number could grow to more than 2,000 over the next few years. A Long Island Association study estimated that the Canon U.S.A. project could increase Long Island's gross regional product by $1.3 billion and create up to 10,000 associated local jobs.
The headquarters is designed to meet LEED Gold standards and features several environmentally friendly elements including a design emphasizing the use of natural lighting, the incorporation of energy-efficient equipment and materials in construction, as well as a landscape design that will utilize native species and drought-resistant vegetation.
With the Town’s assistance, the project also brought millions of dollars in state and federal funds for improvements to Walt Whitman Road, the Long Island Expressway Service Road and Route 110. Canon made a $1.3 million contribution for infrastructure improvements that will help promote future economic development.
The headquarters serves all North and South American countries and is one of Canon's three worldwide headquarters, with the other two located in London and Japan.