FALCONER - This week, Maplevale Farms employees have not been able to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere most businesses experience prior to the Christmas holiday.
From the company’s Clymer warehouse roof collapsing on Dec. 15 due to snow, to planning a move to a new warehouse facility, it has been a very busy week for Gary Neckers, Maplevale Farms president, and his employees. No one was hurt when the roof of the loading dock at Maplevale Farms on Route 474 in Clymer collapsed under the weight of several feet of snow.
On Thursday, the business started moving goods from its Clymer location to its new facility located at 2063 Allen St. Extension, Falconer, which was last used by Sysco Food Services. On the first day of the move, 50 loads of product were transfered to the new location, but there is still a lot to be done before shipping can restart. Company officials hope that will happen by Jan. 3.
‘’We’ve just barely started,’’ said Neckers. ‘’It will take quite a while to complete the move.’’
Right now, Neckers said his company is limited on what they can move to the new facility because the refrigerators in the warehouse are not yet working. He said right now dry goods are being moved and, hopefully during the next seven to 10 days, refrigerated and frozen items will be added.
Neckers said employee morale is still high despite the company’s recent setbacks.
‘’Everybody is working hard,’’ he said. ‘’(The move) is going good.’’
Neckers said Maplevale is renting its new facility from the Industrial Development Agency. He said a one-year lease was signed, which can be renewed at the end of the year. As for the Clymer location, Neckers said he doesn’t know what will happen to the site where Maplevale Farms has been since 1985.
‘’It is so up in the air with what will happen with the Clymer site,’’ he said.
On Thursday, there were tours and a luncheon held for the 145 Maplevale Farms employees. During the tour, one employee asked Neckers about the move and how quickly plans were made.
‘’Most companies take months to plan a move,’’ he said. ‘’We are planning our’s by the minute.’’
According to its website, Maplevale Farms is a leading food-service distributor servicing restaurants, health care providers, schools, colleges, Italian and pizza specialists, caterers, ice cream and specialty shops, coffee and tea shops, bagel shops, delicatessens, and Asian restaurants and buffets. Its service area includes Western New York, northwestern Pennsylvania and northeastern Ohio.
Gary Neckers, Maplevale Farms president, leads a tour of the company’s new warehouse in Falconer.