By Jennie Acklin
During the village board meeting on May 14, 2012, a Dangerous Condition Notice was discussed regarding a damaged wall on the property of American Locker Systems at 12 Martha St. in Ellicottville. Further discussion revealed that since the property was going to be sold, it should be on record that there is a hazard a new buyer should be made aware of. Several board members were unaware that the building was going to be sold and that the business was moving its entire operation to Coppell, TX.
Paul Zaidins, CEO of American Locker, told the Ellicottville Times that approximately 19 local employees will be displaced due to the relocation. Two employees will remain in New York to assist with customer service issues. According to Zaidins, a relocation package was offered to all current staff, and that only two people accepted the offer. He also stated that a severance package was being drafted and would be presented to the employees who didn’t accept the relocation offer.
Zaidins expects the transition of moving the manufacturing business to take approximately six weeks. Current manufacturing in Ellicottville involves making locks and keys, then shipping them to Texas for installation into the lockers. American Lockers Systems acquired Security Manufacturing of Coppell, TX, in 2001 and has been moving toward a total consolidation of its manufacturing facilities since then.
Zaidens did acknowledge that intentions to sell the building are underway and two potential developers have expressed an interest in the property, which is currently zoned Village Commercial 2 (VC2), which allows the use of land for retail service, commercial, recreational, industrial and institutional purposes.