Tonawanda News

September 18, 2013

Erie IDA grants tax break for expansion

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Tonawanda News — Erie IDA grants tax break for expansion

The Erie County Industrial Agency has approved $5.1 million in tax abatements for Wythe Will Tzetzo’s construction of a headquarters center in the Town of Tonawanda’s new North Youngmann Commerce Center.

The company, a packager and distributor of candy and specialty foods, has hired Zaepfel Development of Williamsville to build the $17 million structure. Construction of the 310,000-square-foot center is set to begin Nov. 1 and be completed by November 2014.

“In addition to the warehouse, we will use the production area to repack and blend various confections, which are bagged under private labels for various retail customers,” CEO Gordon Angles said in an interview late last month when the company announced its plans. 

Wythe Will Tzetzo is currently based in Virginia, but will move its headquarters to Tonawanda as part of the move. 

The company currently leases buildings on Military Road in the town, Cheektowaga and Buffalo, and employs 165 full-time and 105 part-time workers in the county. Angles said the company will hire an additional 25 to 35 people over the next two to three years as a result of the expansion. 

Wythe Will Tzetzo is the first company to announce plans to build in the town’s new business park, which sits just north of the Youngmann near East Park Drive and Two Mile Creek.

The town is in the midst of completing infrastructure improvements to the 92-acre commerce site. About $2.8 million of work is being done, but the town was reimbursed for much of that cost through grants.

The construction includes adding roads, a bridge and water lines. The new road, which will include a roundabout, will lead to the first town-owned vehicular bridge. The bridge will then connect to Two Mile Creek at a new intersection.

The town’s share of the work is set to be complete by the end of September.