Uniland announces its first tenant at the new Renaissance Commerce Park industrial complex in Lackawanna

With construction nearing completion on the first of two announced 150,000-square-foot industrial spec buildings at Renaissance Commerce Park, Uniland Development Company has announced a lease with Total Quality Assurance International (TQAI) who will occupy approximately 81,000 SF at the first building at 8 Dona Street.  Headquartered in Flushing, Michigan, TQAI specializes in Engineering, Logistics, Warehousing, Quality Control, Quality Inspection Services, Packaging and Rework. TQAI established its Buffalo operations in 2011 and currently employs approximately 45 people locally.

“The new location gives us more space to continue to grow in Buffalo,” highlighted Joe Wolkiewicz who is the Chief Operating Officer for Total Quality Assurance.  “In addition to the benefits of a completely new building, we felt that the location in Renaissance Commerce Park provides our business with a strategic location that is centrally placed and convenient for our clients in a growing industrial hub.”

Total Quality Assurance currently occupies approximately 53,000 SF of industrial and office space at 375 Commerce Drive in Amherst, which is also owned by Uniland.  A Uniland tenant since 2011, TQAI will look to take occupancy of its new location before the end of the year.  Lease terms were not disclosed.

“Anytime you see a local company expanding, it just feels good,” emphasized Michael J. Montante, CEO for Uniland.  “A lot of praise is owed to New York State, the City of Lackawanna, the ECIDA, ILDC and specifically the vision of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.  With Renaissance Commerce Park, they have created a place where businesses want to locate and grow.”

“Since day one of my administration we have been focused on making smart investments in Erie County. Our work transforming the former Bethlehem Steel site into Renaissance Commerce Park is a testament to that focus. I am pleased to welcome Total Quality Assurance International as Uniland’s first tenant at their Renaissance Commerce Park footprint. The continued revitalization of a former industrial wasteland into a twenty-first century commerce park shows that Erie County can compete with any region. I commend TQAI for expanding their operations here in Western New York, and thank our partners at Uniland, the ECIDA and ILDC, the City of Lackawanna, and those in state government for their diligent work moving this project forward,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz.

Located on the former site of the Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna, the 230-acre Renaissance Commerce Park has undergone a significant industrial transformation in recent years.  The Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) is developing the site through its land development arm, the Industrial Land Development Corporation (ILDC). The redevelopment of the park has involved a complete remediation under the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Brownfield Cleanup Program, expanding water and sewer extensions and public roads onto the site, the relocation of rail lines, and the enhancement of the multi-use Shoreline Trail bike pathway along Route 5 to expand access and usability at the site.

“Congratulations to Uniland for becoming the first to build spec, light industrial/warehouse distribution space at Renaissance Commerce Park, and we offer an enthusiastic welcome to new tenant Total Quality Assurance International,” said ECIDA/ILDC President and CEO John Cappellino. “More than a third of the original acreage purchased for RCP is now built-out or under pre-construction, and we continue to field great interest in the available parcels. A big reason for that is our partnership with Michael Montante and Uniland Development who bought into the redevelopment vision for the site from early on,” Cappellino said.

“On behalf of the City of Lackawanna, I offer a warm welcome to Total Quality Assurance International, LLC as the newest valued member of our growing business community,’ said Mayor Annette Iafallo. “We also extend congratulations to Uniland Development for achieving this significant milestone in their multi-million-dollar investment in Lackawanna at Renaissance Commerce Park.”

After breaking ground in October 2021, Uniland began construction at 8 Dona Street on the single-story industrial building which features 36-foot clear height and generous column spacing.  The location is intended to serve as a hub for manufacturing, warehousing, logistics and trucking operations.  The 150,000-square-foot spec building is scheduled to complete construction this Fall.  Uniland has also announced a second spec building, adjacent to 8 Dona, on NYS Route 5.  The second 150,000 SF building is scheduled to begin construction later this year and will open in 2023.  Both industrial facilities include options for customized interior buildouts for first-generation tenants.

For leasing information, contact Uniland’s Sales & Leasing Department at 716-834-5000.

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