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Invention company to open in Downtown Schenectady

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — A New York City-based invention company has announced plans to open a location in downtown Schenectady, bringing 180 new jobs to the area. 

The Center City building at 433 State St. will be the future home of Quirky, an invention company that acts as "a conduit between what exists and what should exist," according to founder and CEO Ben Kaufman. 

In 2013, Quirky teamed up with General Electric to develop a co-branded line of app-enabled products dreamed up by the global Quirky community. Together, Quirky and GE have created five smart products, including the newly launched Wi-Fi-enabled Aros air conditioner, and will continue to introduce revolutionary products to the connected home marketplace.

"Together we hope to sort of a whole next generation product line for GE consumer products. You know, GE's great at making really big things -- jet engines, MRI machines, et cetera, and in recent years they've made less and less things for peoples' homes, and so we intend to listen to people at home about what type of products they want GE to make," said Kaufman. 

Quirky has invented and distributed 150 products that began as hypothetical ideas first stemmed from everyday people.

Quirky plans to begin operations in Schenectady in May, and is now recruiting new employees for the office. To apply for a job, visit https://www.quirky.com/about/careers or visit their upcoming career fair on Thursday, April 3 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Key Hall at Proctors Theater on 436 State St.

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