Easthampton company backs out of expansion

  • The welcome sign on Main Street (Rt. 10) in Easthampton near the city line with Southampton.

Published: 8/15/2018 12:43:42 AM

EASTHAMPTON — A local industrial business has withdrawn a plan to expand its O’Neil Street manufacturing facility by nearly 58,000 square feet.

Michael Schaefer, one of the owners of Easthampton’s Adhesive Applications, said that the company’s business has slowed down, which he cited as a major reason why the expansion was shelved.

“We’re doing OK,” Schaefer said, but not as well as had been hoped.

The expansion would not have added any new jobs to the business, which Schaefer said employs about 72 people. Rather, it would have shuttered the facility on 51 Ferry St. and combined all Adhesive Applications at the O’Neil Street location.

“We were going to combine everything,” Schaefer said.

He said that dealing with an empty Ferry Street building was another reason why the plan was withdrawn.

Adhesive Applications makes pressure sensitive tapes and sells them for industrial applications like window sealing.

He said the plan was withdrawn from the Planning Board in August.

In addition to Adhesive Applications, Schaefer owns two other Easthampton businesses: The October Company and Chemetal.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.

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