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Michigan company coming to Gloversville

Distribution center planned in former Callaway building

January 19, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - The Fulton County Economic Development Corp. is working with a Michigan hardware-packaging company that recently purchased the former Callaway Golf building and plans to start moving in next week.

EDC President Michael Reese said today Midwest Fastener Corp., of Kalamazoo, Mich., will move into the long-vacant, 65,000-square-foot building at the Crossroads Industrial Park. He said he will be in further contact with the company.

"It puts a building back in use and that's a good thing," Reese said.

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The former Callaway building in the Crossroads Industrial Park has been purchased by a Michigan company.

The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan

Midwest Fastener Corp. Controller Andy DeVries said the company next week will begin setting up shipping lines for what will be the company's seventh distribution center in the country. The company distributes packaged fasteners for hardware-store, home-center and industrial markets.

He said there will be eight to 10 jobs available to start, but that number may go up as the company continues to set up through March.

"I can see growth for this," DeVries said. "We chose that part of the state mainly for logistics. It seemed like a nice area."

He said he's been working with Reese and the EDC and found Gloversville was the "best option" for his company. He said the site is close to the state Thruway and there is a "nice labor pool" in the area.

"I'm real excited to see local development," Gloversville Mayor Dayton King said today. "Providing local jobs is a good thing."

Midwest Fastener has six existing distribution centers that serve the country out of 250,000 square feet of warehousing space. Other facilities are in Michigan, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas, Georgia and Utah.

The company also has a sales-service team of more than 200, who provide service to fastener departments in the country and overseas.

When Gov. Andrew Cuomo last month announced $8.2 million for economic development projects in Fulton County, as part of the state's regional economic development councils, the state indicated the former Callaway building was slated for another project.

The state awarded a potential of $5 million in possible low-cost financing made available through the state to foam producer M.H. Stallman Co., of Providence, R.I., so it could move into the Callaway building.

Reese said he's still in contact with the Stallman firm, and is hopeful he can find another site for that company.

"They haven't made a decision yet," he said of Stallman.

He said Midwest Fastener had shown an interest in the Callaway building for some time, and the EDC was eager to accommodate the business.

He said the sale happened before Christmas and the closing went through over the last couple weeks.

Reese said the fasteners company will not be able to access the state zones program, because the program ended.

But he said the company has the option of working with the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency, in some capacity, for possible funding sources. Currently, he said, Midwest Fastener Corp. is working with National Grid on some utility issues at the site.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at johnstown@leaderherald.com.

 
 

 

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