Niagara Lubricant Co. recently observed the third anniversary of a devastating fire that destroyed its factory by unveiling a new larger location in Buffalo, N.Y.
The new site, which is in the former American Axle and Manufacturing complex, features an expansion of 65,000 square feet and has been retrofitted for manufacturing and packaging of lubricating oils, industrial oils and tire care products. Nine new positions will be created to meet the growing company’s needs.
While Niagara Lubricant initially sought to rebuild on the original site, the former American Axle site was chosen to provide more space at an affordable price. The new site had to be redeveloped to include utilities, water and sewer services, as well as a state-of-the-art fire-suppression system.
The original factory was demolished after $8 million in damage. The cause of the fire was never determined.
While the company estimates that approximately 40 percent of its original business did not return after the fire, it was able to grow new parts of its business, primarily in private labeling as well as in automotive appearance products. The expansion of new products includes automotive maintenance, liquids, industrial cleaners, liquids, pastes, oils, polishes, waxes, cleaners, tube filling, tire mounting lubricants, adhesives and water-based products.
Niagara Lubricant products are currently used across the United States and Canada as well as in Europe, South America, Africa and the Middle East.
For more information, visit www.niagaralubricant.com.