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October 24, 2012

Company eyes Buffalo Bolt expansion

NORTH TONAWANDA — A multi-national company that has had a manufacturing facility in North Tonawanda since the 1960s proposed an expansion into the Buffalo Bolt Business Park Tuesday to the common council.  

The company,  Armstrong Pumps, is located on East Avenue and has tendered an offer of $40,000 to the city for the remaining three parcels in the park, which encompass a little over 8 acres. The company manufacturers a variety of pumps for residential, commercial and industrial properties. 

Jerry J. Najuch, logistics manager for Armstrong, said the company that employes 148 people in the Lumber City has outgrown its current 110,000-square-foot facility, which he described as old and outdated and somewhat of a relic of the Roblin Steel heydays. 

He mentioned that expanding into the park could create an additional 25 to 50 jobs locally. 

“We’re here to stay and grow,” Najuch told the council. 

While city officials are pleased to have interest in the business park, they’ve also received other queries about the land. 

Mayor Rob Ortt said from his viewpoint whatever ends up there has to tie in with the big picture envisioned for the space, which includes having strong economic benefits along Oliver Street as well as being a steady engine of job creation. 

He said he also is concerned about lag time between the formulation of an agreement and when construction would ensue, citing another company that has come into the fold within the park, Aquasol Corporation. 

“We’re looking at this as prime business real estate and were trying to regenerate the area,” Ortt said. “You want somebody in there doing something, not just purchasing it on spec. That’s a good position for the city to be in but we want the right fit.” 

Najuch said that demand and sales for the company’s product has grown domestically, despite the the fact that there are several other facilities in China, India and Canada.  

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