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Lockport Business Showcase is a Success!
Custom Laser, Inc. Adds Laser Cutting Equipment
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Court Upholds Walmart Decision
The Town of Lockport has received a favorable decision regarding the plan to construct a new Walmart Supercenter. The Fourth Department of the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court ruled October 2, 2009, denying a request for a re-hearing on a portion of the previous lawsuit from "Lockport Smart Growth", a citizens' group, against the Town and Walmart and/or referral of one of its claims to the State Court of Appeals.
Walmart's proposal to construct a 185,000 square foot Supercenter has been delayed pending a resolution of the lawsuit filed by the citizens' group, which consists primarily of homeowners from the neighborhood near the Walmart site. The former 400,000 square foot Lockport Mall, which has been vacant for two years, is scheduled to be demolished, except for the BonTon Department Store, which will be renovated and remain on its current site.
Lockport Smart Growth will have 30 days upon receipt of the written decision to file for a hearing. Provided that there is no further litigation on the matter, a Spring 2010 start of construction is expected.

October 2009

Dear Colleague,                                             
Welcome to  the next edition of Lockport Business Opportunities!  We are pleased to provide you with information about recent business developments in the Lockport area as well as identify opportunities for investment in our community!
Business Showcase Attendees
Attendees at the Lockport Business Showcase network and review hand-out materials promoting commercial and industrial sites visited during the September 24 familiarization tour.
Lockport Business Showcase is a Success!
Approximately 54 Buffalo-area developers, realtors, bankers and other Western New York professionals  attended the first-ever Lockport Business Showcase on Thursday, September 24. The familiarization tour of the Transit Road Corridor and Lockport Industrial Park began with a bus tour and concluded with a reception and presentation at the Lockport Holiday Inn. Those attending were provided with information to encourage them to invest in the Town of Lockport and to consider Lockport as a location for future business operations.   
A promotional video was presented, and attendees were provided with site descriptions of a dozen projects already underway. The "Lockport Business Showcase" video may be viewed online at, or a DVD edition may be ordered by calling the Lockport Industrial Development Agency at 716-439-9535.
We welcome your comments as to how to make the Lockport Business Showcase  even more successful!
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Business Profile

Custom Laser, Inc.
 Custom Laser, Inc.
Custom Laser, Inc., which located in the Lockport Industrial Park in 1997, has added a second Trumpf Laser Cutting Machine to its cadre of precision laser equipment. According to Gary Brockman, President of Custom Laser, the new machine will help increase job turn-around time and provide customers with improved delivery while maintaining the company's high quality control standards.
"We continue to develop new applications for the precision cutting services that the laser technology provides us," explained Brockman. "Our highly qualified workforce has worked hard to assure that we surpass customers' expectations regarding both timeliness and high quality work."
Since Custom Laser began operations in 1986, it has undergone a number of expansions along with further diversifying its business.  Its original 9,000 square foot building at 4903 IDA Drive was doubled in size in 2001. The purchase of the adjoining 6,000 square foot building in 2007 enabled the company to expand its services to include forming through the addition of a Trumpf 120 ton press brake. 
Custom Laser now operates a total of nine laser systems along with waterjet and press brake.  Custom Laser, Inc. currently employs 36 workers.   
"Lockport Business Opportunities" is a publication of the Town of Lockport regarding business development in the Town of Lockport. The Town of Lockport Industrial Development Agency owns the 400-acre Lockport Industrial Park, located north of NY 31 and east of NY 270, which is home to 13 manufacturing and warehousing firms employing a total of 200 employees. The Town of Lockport is also one of three municipalities in the Transit North, a 12 mile long commercial corridor, anchored by the historic Erie Canal on the north and bordered by the Towns of Amherst and Clarence on the south. Additional information regarding business opportunities in the Town of Lockport may be obtained by visiting or by calling   716-439-9535.
Visit for a current listing of available  commercial and industrial properties as well as information regarding incentive programs for development in the Town of Lockport.

Marc Smith                                David Kinyon       
Town of Lockport                       Town of
Supervisor                                 Lockport IDA