Printer shifting from Buffalo to Cheektowaga

March 9, 2012 Updated Mar 9, 2012 at 8:45 AM EDT

By Business First by James Fink

March 9, 2012 Updated Mar 9, 2012 at 8:45 AM EDT

Expansion fueled by an increase in orders from its vast customer base is behind Chudy Paper Co. Inc.'s planned move from its longtime Buffalo home to Cheektowaga.

Chudy has agreed to purchase the former Robinson Home Products Inc. warehouse on Walden Avenue. Robinson, which is also headquartered on Walden Avenue, moved its warehouse operations to Buffalo several years ago.

Terms were not disclosed.

Chudy had been scouting a number of sites before cutting a deal with Robinson Home Products.

"We are landlocked where we are and we needed room to grow," said Frank Michalski, Chudy chief executive officer.

The deal is expected to close next month, but the actual move for Chudy will take place in phases during the next few months.

"It will be a gradual transition," Michalski said. "We are still going to be operating on Bailey Avenue for a while."

He added that Chudy's current Bailey Avenue building will be put on the real estate market later.

Chudy, which was formed in 1913, has been at its Bailey Avenue location since the late 1950s. The plant has nearly 100,000-square-feet.

Chudy distributes a wide variety of paper-based products to a number of industries including food service operations, health-care facilities and janitorial services. The company has 67 employees. The company's client list includes firms in Western New York, Upstate New York and portions of Pennsylvania.

The Robinson Home Products warehouse has 111,000-square-feet and sits on 13.2 acres of land, which will allow for future expansion plans by Chudy, Michalski said.

Chudy will be adding to its employment base, although that number has yet to be determined.

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