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April 21, 2014

Production line up

Local manufacturers expanding despite tough economy for industry


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — • Gooding Co., Lockport’s oldest industrial company, will be adding 14,000 square feet of production space at its 5568 Davison Road location. The current location is 16,500 square feet, but not all of it is used for production. The 137-year-old printing company is a manufacturer of inserts and outserts for the pharmaceutical and medical industries

Gooding Co. President Jerry Hace met with the Town of Lockport Industrial Development Agency Board of Directors last summer and told them Gooding had added several new machines in the preceding year, including one machine in particular that can fold a paper insert over 200 times. Sales had risen by 20 percent since 2011 and now approached $6.5 million a year, he said.

The $900,000 expansion could lead to adding as many as 10 jobs to an already 35-person workforce.

• Diversified Manufacturing Inc. expanded last year, adding 37,000 square feet to its 410 Ohio St. location, to make room for employees and operations of a sister company, Amherst-based Ipac Inc. The size of DMI’s workforce under one Ohio Street roof grew to 165.

Diversified designs, manufactures and assembles precision equipment and parts for various industries including medical/pharmaceutical, chemical, energy, green energy and the golfing industries.

• Bison Bag Co., Inc. is planning a 50,000-square-foot expansion that would nearly double the size of its Crown Drive location and require up to 10 new employees.

Expansion represents a cash investment of $1.5 million to $2 million. The company plans on starting construction before the end of the year.

The packaging manufacturer began in 1968 in the Town of Tonawanda, then relocated to the Lockport Town IDA Park in 1998. Bison Bag currently employs about 70 people.

“If you stay stagnant, you fall behind and it’s tough to play catch up,” Chief Operating Officer James Streicher, Jr. told the IDA Board of Directors in February.

Zgoda told the IDA the company plans on starting construction before the end of the year.

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