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April 21, 2014

Production line up

Local manufacturers expanding despite tough economy for industry


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — For example, one popular RubberForm product grew out of a specific need. Construction firms are using RubberForm’s portable electric cable support towers, which help workers adhere to OSHA’s standards of keeping wire and cables off of the ground.

”That’s a big issue,” Robbins said.

A few local manufacturers are doing well:

• Candlelight Cabinetry saw an 18 percent increase in business in 2013, according to co-owner Bob Sanderson. So far in 2014, business is up 20 percent for the West Avenue manufacturer from where it was a year ago.

Candlelight builds cabinetry, doors, frames and similar products for dealers to sell. The company works with dealers throughout the state, as well as in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New England, Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.

Looking for space to expand in the future, beginning in 2006 Candlelight started acquiring property including a portion of Michigan Street, then the 120,000 square foot vacant mill across the street. In 2007, Candlelight Cabinetry saw a 20 percent increase in business and the land acquisitions were considered a smart move. Then the housing market fell apart and expansion plans were shelved.

Now, as a result of the growth seen over the last couple of years, Candlelight is expanding to the other side on Michigan Street. That building, located on the west side of the facility, was a flour mill until 2004, grinding wheat for Robin Hood and Multifoods. The east side of Candlelight was once Corson’s Printing.

The expansion will see the assembly line doubling in size as well as the addition of approximately 40 positions over the next year or so, Sanderson said.

Candlelight currently employs about 200 people and offers products with 10 different kinds of wood and over 200 different finishes. Sanderson said Candlelight’s flexibility and quality are the reasons for the company’s success.

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