West Seneca company rebuilding after collapse

Posted at 12:15 AM, Nov 25, 2014
and last updated 2015-11-20 00:15:52-05

Now that the snow has melted, we're getting a look at how much some companies are dealing with in the aftermath of the storm.

VSP Marketing Graphic Group lost one of its buildings on Dyke Rd. in West Seneca when the roof collapsed. Employees couldn't get to the building during the storm to survey the damage. They had to wait until the next day.

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"We could get to the building on hands and knees. Snow was six foot deep," said VSP Marketing CEO Trace George.

"Oh it was heart breaking," said VSP Employee Michael Nachtrieb. "It was like being in another world."

Employees went to work shoveling, but before long they realized the company's second building was about to collapse as well. They had to call for help from Lockport and Pembroke fire companies. Soon help arrived with equipment to clear the building's roof, and prevent a second collapse.

That building that was saved is now the company's new home base. Employees were putting up walls and setting up new equipment Monday.

"In less than a business day we've got printers here again, we've got people here helping us move forward," Nachtrieb said.

"That was our short term goal," said George. "Do everything we could possibly do without losing jobs. Without losing an opportunity to serve our clients."

George says it will cost about one million dollars to replace the building that was lost and everything in it. Still, VSP employees consider themselves lucky that the community was there to lend a hand.

"It was just awesome, it was an amazing experience," said George. "Just another kudos to Western New York."

VSP plans to build a new building sometime this winter to replace the one that was lost.