“Project to Create Jobs in Construction, Manufacturing, Tourism & Retail in Buffalo Niagara”
On a sunny, late summer afternoon, Mark Andol – Founder and CEO of the Made in America Store – led a groundbreaking for his new flagship store at 1000 W. Maple Court in Elma.
“From Day One, we have been focused on our mission to save and create jobs in the U.S. for country, for soldier, for American worker and for our children’s future,” Andol began. “Today’s ground- breaking to build a World Class Destination was made possible by the loyal support of our customers in Buffalo Niagara and across America. Tomorrow, we will host four tour buses – three from Missouri, and one from Chicago – all demonstrating the power of consumers to create jobs.”
The new Made in America Store is scheduled to open May 2016, just in time for peak tourism season in Buffalo Niagara.
With an excavator in the background, Andol thanked Kulback’s Construction and Lydon Architecture for coming up with an innovative building concept that fits Andol’s goal of creating a World Class Destination that is part of Buffalo’s Renaissance.
“I also want to thank my engineering, operations and welding team at our parent company, General Welding & Fabricating, who are producing the structural and decorative steel components of this construction project,” Andol added.
The 3 p.m. groundbreaking was followed by a Fall Festival next door at Andol’s original flagship store at 900 Maple Street. Featuring Krolick’s fish fry (a Buffalo tradition), vendor marketplace and free concert with three bands, net proceeds from the event will benefit the Music 4 R Vets Program.
Founded by Nashville Recording Artist Ricky Lee, Music 4 R Vets is an entertainment and music therapy program focused on veterans. Ricky Lee has performed at VA Medical Centers, nursing homes and day treatment facilities in Western New York and throughout the U.S.
The first Made in America Store opened on April 3, 2010. It now has five brick and mortar stores in Buffalo Niagara inNew York State, three e-commerce sites and more than 100 mobile locations locally and beyond. The store currently helps support manufacturing among 450 suppliers in the United States.