Old Dutchman Wrought Iron, a Getzville company that makes metal fences, railings and gates, was granted nearly $219,000 in tax breaks by the Amherst Industrial Development Agency on Friday for a $1.6 million project that will quadruple the size of its Millersport Highway facility.
Old Dutchman executives said the project would resolve their current space crunch and allow the business to offer a broader range of products and services.
The company plans to renovate their existing 5,000-square-foot facility at 2800 Millersport Highway and build a 20,000-square-foot addition to it that will serve as additional production space and as a warehouse.
The project is expected to create four new jobs, paying an average of $35,000 a year, at the company, which now has nine full-time and two part-time employees.
“It’s a fantastic project,” said James J. Allen, the IDA’s executive director.
Old Dutchman executives told the IDA that they would not be able to do the expansion – the biggest capital project in the company’s 20-year history – without the tax breaks. Otherwise, they said the project would not be economically feasible.
The company, which has been at its current location for the last 15 years, makes custom fences, gates and railings from aluminum, stainless steel and wrought iron.
Amherst Supervisor Barry Weinstein said the Town Board on Monday approved zoning changes that were needed for the project to proceed.
Even with the tax breaks, the project is expected to result in nearly $54,700 in additional tax revenue for the town, county and local schools over the seven-year period covered by the incentives, IDA officials said.