City of North Tonawanda Mayor Robert G. Ortt, along with Doug Taylor, president/CEO of Taylor Devices and other local officials, held a grand opening "ribbon-cutting" event at Taylor Devices' facilities located in the Buffalo Bolt business park.
Taylor Devices Inc. purchased three parcels of land from the city at the Buffalo Bolt business park in 2011, and has invested $3.3 million at the site for the three buildings, which total 50,000 square feet. The facilities are third-party certified to ISO 14001, the international standard for environmental quality.
The new facilities include three older buildings, which were rebuilt and re-purposed. The largest of these, originally constructed in 1915, was the former shipping department of the Buffalo Bolt Company. The buildings have been extensively modified to allow the installation of heavy machines and their foundations, and for material handling via large overhead cranes as part of the re-purposing.
Ortt stated, "This is an important day for Taylor Devices, and an important day for North Tonawanda. We are very happy to see a long time NT company expanding and creating jobs here in our city. Taylor Devices will be the first tenant here at the Buffalo Bolt business park and, hopefully, this will be another step in the revitalization of the Oliver Street business corridor."
Taylor, CEO of Taylor Devices, said, "The Buffalo Bolt facilities are in addition to those at our Tonawanda Island site in NT, and double our manufacturing space. The Niagara County IDA was the development agency for the project, and we relied heavily on them to make everything go smoothly. The three buildings were privately owned; the lots at Buffalo Bolt were city-owned. The NCIDA worked with Hartwood Real Estate as agent for the buildings, and Hunt Commercial Real Estate as agent for the city-owned lots to produce a total package acceptable (to) both the City Council and Taylor Devices. The overall result essentially recreates the south portion of the Buffalo Bolt site as it existed in the 1950s, and allows Taylor Devices sufficient space for both current manufacturing and future expansion."