Wheatfield manufacturer and Lockport Credit Union seek tax relief for Niagara County projects | Business premises


Edwards Vacuum wants to build a warehouse in Wheatfield, while a credit union hopes to build a new headquarters in the town of Lockport, if the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency approves tax breaks next month.

David R. Chamberlain’s Lockport DRC Development LLC plans to build a new 36,000 square foot warehouse for Edwards Vacuum to store and distribute its products.

DRC built the existing 64,000 square foot facility at 6416 Inducon Drive in 2012 and leased it to Edwards for 15 years, but that company has since been acquired by Atlas Copco, a Swedish manufacturing company that sells a wide range of products for the vacuum industry,” said Edwards COO Tracy Sundberg.

Atlas and Edwards then moved manufacturing and assembly functions out of state in 2020, while retaining warehousing, office and support operations. But Atlas has also brought its other brands to Wheatfield and is constantly acquiring and adding new products for customers in the semiconductor, steel, science and education industries.

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As a result, Edwards now lacks storage and office space.

“As they add more brands, we need more space,” Sundberg said, citing a purchase in Syracuse six months ago and one in Boston two years ago.

The proposed $3 million 8.6-acre project would create 20 new jobs, while retaining 100. Edwards would also extend the lease for another 10 years.

The DRC is asking for $1.9 million in tax relief over 15 years. If approved, Chamberlain hopes to begin construction in the fall and be finished in the second quarter of 2023.

Meanwhile, Lockport Schools Federal Credit Union wants to demolish its 1,364 square foot building at 360 S. Transit Road and replace it with a new 2,856 square foot facility that will be handicap accessible and include drive-thru. The project – which will create one job and retain six – was originally planned for 2020 but was put on hold during the pandemic.

Built in 1960, the current building in a shopping center has been occupied since 1990 by the credit union, which acquired the property in 2020 for $300,000. As a non-profit organization, the credit union is not subject to sales tax, so it is applying for 10-year property tax relief worth $190,800.

The credit union plans to move into a temporary home in downtown Ulrich for six months while the $2.11 million construction project is underway.

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