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Wendt buys closed Gibraltar plant Acquisition to help expand operations

Wendt Corp. has acquired a former Gibraltar Industries plant in Cheektowaga to meet its need for additional space.

The Town of Tonawanda-based maker of automobile shredders acquired the property at 2555 Walden Ave. through an affiliate for $1.75 million, according to county records.

The nearly 149,000-square-foot facility sits on 8.7 acres, east of Union Road. Hamburg-based Gibraltar closed the Cheektowaga plant after selling its processed metal products business in 2010 to Worthington Industries.

Michael R. Alpern of J.R. Militello Realty marketed the property.

"This increased capacity will allow Wendt to handle all of its current manufacturing, and it will provide additional internal capacity for manufacturing functions which are currently subcontracted outside of Western New York," the company said in a statement.

"Improvements and renovations will begin immediately, and Wendt expects to begin moving into the new facility by the end of the year."

Wendt will move its manufacturing operations for building auto shredders and nonferrous separation plants to the new facility. It will continue to use its Military Road facility for engineering operations and a test center for customers.

Alpern said the Cheektowaga facility's overhead cranes appealed to Wendt, given the large equipment the company works with. Wendt Corp. sells equipment it produces to steel mills that want to process their own material, as well as to scrap processors, who grind up metal collected at scrap yards. The company expects sales to surpass $100 million this year and is adding several jobs to its 90-employee work force.

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