Service Industry

F.W. Webb proposal approved

By: DAN HEATH

PLATTSBURGH — F.W. Webb has received approval for a new Plattsburgh facility.

The Town Planning Board has approved the company’s detailed preliminary plan for the 33,600-square-foot building.

F.W. Webb Chief Financial Officer Bob Mucciarone said they hope to move into the new location early in 2015. 

“We plan to be in there by January or February,” he said.

TO DOUBLE WORKERS

The new facility is to be built at 492 Tom Miller Road, across from the entrance to Heritage Heights housing development.

Cathleen Barry, general manager of the company’s Queensbury location, said they have six employees in Plattsburgh now and plan to add about six more in the next few years.

They are excited about building a new facility in Plattsburgh, she said.

“This will allow us to better serve our customers and stock more material for their needs,” Barry said. 

Mucciarone said the construction project will go out to bid, with local contractors to be given high consideration.

COLOR SCHEME

The company’s application for final approval was tabled in May due to Planning Board concerns about the appearance of the building.

The company preferred a red, metal-sided building with a white facade in front in keeping with their corporate color scheme, but the Planning Board asked for alternatives that fit in better with other buildings along Tom Miller Road.

The company presented alternatives and received approval for a beige masonry and two canopies on the lower front section and beige sheet metal on the taller rear warehouse section.

The company also agreed to realign rooftop HVAC units to make them less visible to traffic driving on Tom Miller Road.

Mucciarone said that as a wholesale company, F.W. Webb is not used to requests to dress up its buildings.

“We were gladly able to work it out with the town,” he said.

 SHOWROOM

The company also plans to later add a 5,000-to-6,000-square-foot showroom for bathroom and kitchen fixtures on the west side of the building.

F.W. Webb is presently located at 7327 Route 9 in the north end of the Town of Plattsburgh.

While the company may not be well known to the average person driving by, Mucciarone said, people involved in the building trades are certainly aware of their presence in Plattsburgh.

According to the company website, F.W. Webb traces its roots back to 1866 and bills itself as the largest distributor of products used to build, maintain and repair facilities and homes in the Northeast.

It has acquired numerous other companies through the ensuing years and opened its Plattsburgh location in the late 1980s.

Based in Massachusetts, F.W. Webb has more than 77 locations in nine states in the eastern United States, with more than 1,700 employees. Company sales exceeded $700 million last year.

‘SHINING STAR’

Town Supervisor Bernie Bassett said he was pleased to see the project moving forward, citing it as another example of one of the leading companies in an industry sector looking to grow in the North Country.

“F.W. Webb, with this new building, is going to be a shining star,” Bassett said. 

He said their ability to work with the Planning Board is a good sign that they will be a good corporate neighbor.

It is just the latest example of continued growth along Tom Miller Road, Bassett said.

“This helps build our tax base and helps keep costs affordable for everybody.”

Email Dan Heath:dheath@pressrepublican.com

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