APP Pharmaceuticals LLC, which operates a manufacturing plant on Grand Island, has sold its former warehouse.
Chicago-based RR Donnelley & Sons, a global provider of integrated communications, paid $2.5 million for the building, according to records filed March 24 in the Erie County Clerk's office.
Donnelley officials were not immediately available to comment on its plans for the building.
On March 23, the company announced that the signing of a multiyear catalog production and distribution services agreement with Williams-Sonoma Inc., a specialty retailer of high quality home products in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
Under the agreement, Donnelley will produce the Williams-Sonoma, Williams-Sonoma Home, Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Bed & Bath catalogs.
Earlier in March, the company also announced that it had been awarded a $375 million multiyear agreement to provide college textbook printing, graphic management services, packaging, on demand printing and other services to Cengage Learning, a leading publisher of print and digital information services.
The announcement said "Cengage Learning will draw on RR Donnelley's domestic and international capabilities as it helps the publisher deliver highly-customized learning solutions for colleges, universities, instructors, students, libraries and other users under a portfolio of well known company and imprint brands."
Founded more than 145 years ago, RR Donnelley posted sales in 2009 of $9.85 billion. It has more than 60,000 customers worldwide and about 55,000 employees.
Last spring, APP Pharmaceuticals, whose former warehouse Donnelley has purchased, bought the plant and property of its Grand Island industrial neighbor, Astellas Pharma - also a manufacturer of pharmaceuticals. It also hired about 50 former Astellas employees.
At the time, an APP spokeswoman said the company would use the Astellas space for office, warehouse and laboratory purposes. APP primarily makes injectable liquids for the health-care industry, but its product portfolio also includes ointments.
Astellas closed its plant on Staley Road after deciding to ship production of its sole product, a proprietary ointment, back to Japan where Astellas has headquarters.
Between APP's own plant on Staley Road plant and the administration and warehouse operation on Lang Boulevard, the company's Grand Island facilities last year employed more than 600 people.
Officials of APP Pharmaceuticals were unavailable to comment on the current status of the company's local facility.