Tonawanda News

February 12, 2014

Town OKs land sale for candy maker

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — The Town of Tonawanda Board has agreed to sell the first portion of its North Youngmann Commerce Center to candy maker Wythe Will Tzetzo, which plans to build a $18.7 million factory and warehouse at the site. 

“We are excited that not only are we going to have jobs created, this is also going to put the property back on the tax rolls, where it hasn’t been for years,” Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Anthony Caruana said. 

Wythe Will Tzetzo, which is based in Williamsburg, Va., currently leases a building on Military Road in the town, the company’s CEO, Gordon Angles, said in August when the company first announced its plans. 

“The facility we have there is 215,000 square feet, but it is a very old building,” he said. “We are just out of space and need to relocate.”

The town will receive $35,000 for each of the first 20 acres, and $5,000 for the last five acres, which are classified as wetlands. The company will purchase 25 acres and move its headquarters from Virginia to the town and its new, 310,000-square foot facility.

Wythe Will Tzetzo, which started business in 1961, currently employs 220 people in the Buffalo area, and will hire an additional 25 to 35 people over the course of the next two to three years as a result of the expansion. 

Angles said the company considered a number of other locations for the new center — including Virginia, California, Tennessee and Ohio — but the existing workforce in Tonawanda won Angles over.

“It really came back to the base of trained employees we have in the Buffalo area,” Angles said. “We have a good staff, and we are excited to continue there.”

The company has hired Zaepfel, out of Williamsville, to build the structure. 

The town is in the midst of completing infrastructure improvements to the 92-acre commerce site, which sits just north of the Youngmann near East Park Drive and Two Mile Creek. Caruana said workers are close to completing work on a new road and bridge in the facility. 

“It’s exciting that we have this going on,” Caruana said. “We still have more land to sell, we have a couple developers ... hopefully this is the beginning of more positive news.”