Niagara Gazette

November 18, 2013

IN BUSINESS: Taylor Devices expands; Niagara USA Chamber hosting economic lecture

Staff reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Taylor Devices officially launched it multimillion dollar manufacturing facilities on Thursday inside the Buffalo Bolt Business Park.

The move will allow the company, located on Tonawanda Island for years, to double the size of its manufacturing capabilities with 55,000 square feet of additional space at the new site.

Taylor Devices has seen huge growth in recent years in the sale of earthquake and shock absorption equipment, with a string of large-scale natural disasters in Asia spurring demand for the equipment. The company has also produced military equipment for decades.

Most of its products will be manufactured in three buildings that were purchased in 2011 from private owners, along with several acres of land.

Taylor spent $3.3 million to refurbish the structures, with links back to the days of Roblin Steel and Buffalo Bolt. The buildings were initially not considered a part of Buffalo Bolt but were incorporated into it over the last two years.

While Taylor did not receive governmental assistant in reviving the structures, the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency did approve a 15-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement. 

Shipping, research and administration will remain in its Tonawanda Island facility.

Doug Taylor, company president, said the expansion will help fill a $16 million backlog and reinforce potential growth. The company has added 10 jobs since moving into the facility and now employees 110 people in total.

Chamber hosting economic lecture

Presenting “Economic Vision 2014 and Beyond: Creating a Vibrant Future,” a lecture featuring Gary Keith, vice president and regional economist for M&T Bank, will be presented by the Niagara USA Chamber at 8 a.m., Thursday at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Falls St. 

Topics covered will include Niagara County’s regional economic performance, economic advantages and challenges to future growth. Keith will discuss local and national economic trends.

The event, which is sponsored by National Grid, Sevenson Environmental Services, Greater Niagara Newspapers and the New York Power Authority, will include breakfast and is open to the public at $30 per person or $25 for Niagara USA Chamber members.

For information or to RSVP, call 285-9143 or email llewis@niagarachamber.org. 

UB’s Greiner Hall and UB-Kaleida Health building win awards

The University at Buffalo won two awards from Buildings magazine’s eighth-annual America’s Best Buildings of the Year, a contest for commercial and institutional facilities. 

William R. Greiner Hall, a residential hall for sophomores on the university’s North Campus, won the grand prize for new construction, while the UB-Kaleida Health building on the Downtown Campus won a merit award in the same category. The latter edifice houses Kaleida Health’s Gates Vascular Institute and UB’s Clinical Translational Research Center (CTRC).

Award-winners “exemplify innovative performance standards for renovation and new construction projects including: energy efficiency; streamlined facility operations; sustainability measures; forward-looking designs; purposeful renovation; and community engagement,” according to the magazine.

Greiner Hall creates a new standard for student living in Buffalo and beyond, said Don Erb, director of residential facilities at UB. He said the building provides an eco-friendly and mentally stimulating environment where students can live, learn and thrive.

Many structural components, including flooring, wall paneling and counters, were developed from rapidly renewable resources. Ninety percent of the interior, which hosts student housing, offices and classrooms, is bathed in natural light.