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California company shifting work to Buffalo

by Jim Fink
Tue, Jan 28th 2020 01:30 pm
Buffalo Business First  [ View Original Article ]

A high-tech, California-based firm will be relocating its R&D and some offices into a portion of the Northland Workforce Training Center complex on the city’s East Side.

Retech Systems LLC has agreed to lease 48,000-square-feet of space in the Northland complex, located at 683 Northland Avenue. The company will pay $3 million over 10 years for the Northland space under the lease approved by the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. The lease contains extension clauses.

Retech of Ukiah, California will be bringing as many as 30 jobs to the East Side center. Northland was selected, in part because of some work that Buffalo Manufacturing Works provided for the company and an aggressive pitch led by the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. and Invest Buffalo Niagara.

The deal marks the first time a company from outside the immediate region has relocated into Northland, an integral component of the Buffalo Billion economic development initiative. It also cements the relationship that Retech and Buffalo Manufacturing Works have established.

“This is pretty exciting, because it’s a place that the City of Buffalo and the State of New York are investing into,” said Earl Good, Retech president and managing director, in an interview with Business View magazine. “They’re taking old industrial sites and refurbishing them into brand new facilities.”

Good said he hopes to have Retech in the Northland complex by late spring.

Founded in 1963, Retech became part of the Poland-based SECO/Warwick Group in 2011.

Retech specializes in advanced process technologies that focus on melting, refining and casting for metals and alloys including titanium products. Much of its output goes into the aerospace and medical fields.

While some of the work is handled in Poland, Good said Retech will be downsizing its Ukiah manufacturing operations and shifting that focus to Buffalo.

“We have a very skilled workforce over in Poland that we can utilize, but we also have options to go to other locations, and the Buffalo facility will provide options to do some manufacturing and assembly here in the U.S., as well,” Good said.