New York-based Mantelli Trailer Sales Inc. plans to mark its 50th year in business this year with a $1.5 million expansion, according to a report by the Buffalo News.
Mark and Kim Watson, owners of the recreational vehicle dealership, Thursday (Jan. 10) presented their request for a property tax abatement on the new building to the Town of Lockport Industrial Development Agency.
Town Economic Development Director David R. Kinyon said a cost-benefit analysis will be done and, at next month’s meeting, the IDA board will consider scheduling a public hearing on the request.
Kinyon said the application envisions the creation of three new jobs. IDA board member Duncan N. Carlson said he’d like to see some sales tax data from the business, too.
“We have to justify why we’re giving them $135,000 [in tax breaks] over 10 years,” Carlson said.
Kim Watson, the daughter of the business’ founders, Al and Shirley Mantelli, said the company acquired the lot next door last year and plans to use it for a larger store, south of their current location on South Transit Road. “We’re pretty well packed in there,” she said.
He said the three existing buildings would be demolished and replaced by the single new facility.
Kim Watson said the project would be phased, allowing for minimize disruption to the business. She added the new building would also shield the company’s storage buildings from the view of motorists along South Transit Road. “Storage is a big profit center for us,” she said.