Business Expansion

A purchaser for the former Maplevale Farms property in Clymer has been found.

The Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency announced Tuesday that Heil Transportation Inc. is the new owner, and soon-to-be occupant.

A request for proposals was put out in December, directly after the IDA purchased the facility at 8956 Main St. from Maplevale. The request for proposal process closed at 3:30 on Friday afternoon.

“We made the selection immediately, and here we are,” Daly said. “We have the winner.”

“Our business has always been located in Clymer,” said Dan Heil, owner of Heil Transportation, which currently operates at 8428 Caflisch Road. “We’re not moving entirely away from our present facility. We’re going to utilize the office space (at Main Street). This expansion is to enable the further growth of our present business.”

Heil Transportation employs 75 full-time workers and drivers, which provide pickup service from more than 250 dairy farms and delivery to regional dairy plants with the company’s 45 semi trucks.

“We cover Chautauqua and western Cattaraugus County real strongly,” Heil said.

The company also transports grape juice across the region, particularly on the lake shore between Dunkirk and Erie.

“We do anticipate some expansion,” Heil added. “Just how fast or exactly when, is the question. We hope to have the facility operational this calendar year.”

Maplevale closed its Clymer facility doors in 2010 and moved to the former SYSCO Food Service building on Allen Street Extension in Falconer after a massive amount of snow caused a roof to collapse on the property.

“We wanted to get the building, buy it below market, and then find a worthy business that is as compatible as it can be with the community,” Daly said. “Heil is a long-term resident of Clymer, so this worked out great for everybody. We’re very excited about this.”

In other matters, a resolution was approved to authorize a loan for Reverie Cheese and Food Inc. in the amount of $138,250 with an interest rate of 4 percent. Reverie will soon occupy the former book store at 3943 West Lake Road, across from Camp Chautauqua.

Owners Riko Chandra and James Howard will manufacture artisan cheeses and also plan to lease a portion of the building to a deli/restaurant. Products from Cuba Cheese will also be sold at Reverie.

“They’re very committed and believe this is going to be successful for them,” said Carol Rasmussen, project manager of the IDA. “These two gentlemen are very gung-ho, and they’ve done their homework around Chautauqua County.”

Daly added that the location is great for tourism, as it’s not far from Chautauqua Institution.