Kittinger is coming to Clarence
Monday March 4, 2013 | By:Kaitlin Fritz, Metro Source | News
The Erie County Industrial Development Agency has approved the move of Kittinger Furniture Co. to the Town of Clarence from its current location in Buffalo. This project was one of the largest hopeful projects on the Town of Clarence Supervisor David Hartzell’s list for 2013 and it has now become a reality.
Hartzell said a project such as this one would normally take around nine months to receive approval but all plans went smoothly and it only took about three months to go through.
Kittinger already has its retail store and design studio located on Transit Road in Clarence. The company’s location in Buffalo is where the furniture is made, containing several woodworking machines and blowers. These materials will be moved to the new location, which is at the Eastern Hills Skating Center, within a few miles of the retail store.
Some residents did show concern about the amount of noise that may come from these machines but the planning board went to the company’s current location on Main Street in the City of Buffalo where the furniture is made on the sixth floor of the building and asked the surrounding floors about the amount of noise. Hartzell said the tenants on both the fifth and seventh floors had agreed there was barely any noise that came from the machines and some had said they didn’t know there was furniture being made above and below them. There were no complaints.
A positive impact that this move will have on the residents of the Town of Clarence is job creation.
“It’ll create a lot of jobs and he’ll be able to expand out from there,” said Hartzell. “The hope is, with having a much larger building, he’ll be able to hire some people from Clarence and expand and grow,” he added, referring to President of Kittinger, Raymond Bialkowski.
Kittinger Furniture has been a well-known furniture company in the United States since it’s beginning. It was the winner of the 2012 Best Made in America Award and the company has been furnishing the White House for many years.
Hartzell agreed that having a company such as this one making its products in the Town of Clarence could help the reputation of the town.
Although this was the largest planned project for the town for 2013, Hartzell mentioned a possible industrial park that could be going in at Goodrich and County. This idea has been around for a few years and may develop more throughout the year with the possibility of being done before 2014.
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