John W. Danforth Company

Danforth Set to Purchase Land Near RiverBend Project Site

Danforth plans to construct a new Buffalo-based operations hub that will allow them to better serve their customer base not only in Buffalo, but statewide as well. The 50,000 square-foot facility will occupy approximately six acres of the site and serve a multitude of purposes to include pipe and sheet metal fabrication, as well as warehouse and office space that will support the company’s statewide operations. The new site is located in the heart of heavy development and is minutes away from highway access.

“The investment and activity taking place at RiverBend really drew our attention to this site,” said Kevin “Duke” Reilly, Chairman & CEO of Danforth. “We think the site sets up perfectly to support our diverse operational needs, as well as additional development that will complement future growth in this area of the city.”

Beyond the Danforth facility, the remaining acreage will be prepared for future subdivision and development. As for right now, Danforth can count on immediate and long-term benefits from the site.

Danforth has made key strategic investments in order to become the marketplace leader in servicing and supporting the hi-tech manufacturing industry. The new South Park facility will be developed with that in mind as demand for these specialized services has grown throughout the state. The RiverBend location will increase the already substantial 300,000 square-foot operational footprint that Danforth has across New York. The company is involved in several large-scale fabrication projects which will be facilitated by the additional resources and increased capacity the new site will provide.

For Danforth, the acquisition and development of the RiverBend site is a continuation of the vision of the company’s president, Patrick Reilly, who recently passed away after a brief illness. The company plans to honor Patrick Reilly’s passion and commitment in a yet-to-be-determined manner at its newest location.

“Pat was incredibly enthusiastic about this project and bullish about everything taking in place in and around Buffalo. As much as anyone, he wanted Danforth to be part of the city’s transformation,” Kevin Reilly said of his brother. “Pat left his mark on all of us who were privileged to know and work with him. His legacy is going to part of what we’ll be doing at RiverBend.”

The development will also produce significant environmental benefits. Danforth’s new land is part of the South Buffalo Brownfield Opportunity Area. This area is part of a larger statewide effort to utilize and remediate areas of the state which may be complicated by the presence of a hazardous substance. The program is spearheaded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Danforth has plans to remediate the land and prepare it to be used for further expansion.

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