By Christine Graf
Waterford-based Burch Bottle & Packaging, Inc. has purchased the former Web Graphics building in Queensbury.
The 12-acre property was purchased for $2.5 million and includes a 76,000-square-foot warehouse with five loading docks. It is located at 428 Corinth Road, approximately one mile west of Northway Exit 18 .
According to Burch Bottle vice president George Ide IV, it was the property’s proximity to the Northway that was one of its major selling points.
“We had been looking for a new location for about two years,” said Ide. “We were looking for more space. It’s not an easy thing to find an existing space, and we didn’t want to build. This is a great area—a growing area—with a good shipping lane.”
The company is currently headquartered in a 50,000-square-foot leased facility located on Hudson River Road in Waterford. Burch Bottle has been in business for over 35 years and is a leading supplier of glass and plastic containers and metal packaging components. They distribute products to customers in many industries including food and beverage, pharmaceutical, health and wellness, personal care, and chemical and industrial. The company also offers custom mold design.
Burch Bottle has about 24 employees and plans to hire additional employees after relocating to Queensbury. Renovations of the building are underway, and the company hopes to occupy the space by the end of the year.
“We’re doing substantial upgrades, but it’s basic stuff like carpeting and landscaping—sprucing up the building,” said Ides. “In the future, we may be looking to expand the building or putting up a new building in the back.”
Ide said business has been growing steadily over the past several years but was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The company is currently dealing with supply chain shortages.
“Different customers have been impacted in different ways, and we had some of our food and beverage customers that haven’t been able to make it,” he said. “Our business is back up, but at the beginning it was rough sailing for everyone.”
By Christine Graf