Delevan Welding - Delevan Industries - 1940s- present - Blasdell, New York - West Seneca, New York


Delavan Welding Delavan Industries Blasdell, NY - West Seneca, NY builds new car transporters 1940s-present. Delavan, which engineers and designs auto transporters from the ground up in West Seneca, New York, has been in business for 50 years - longer than any other company in the industry - and has produced thousands of transporters still on the roads. They also refurbish and modify transport equipment for the automotive transportation market. Delavan recently reorganized its production process at its West Seneca facility and is investing $1.2 million to expand its operations into a new 30,000 square foot facility in the Town of Blasdell that will accommodate the company's paint department. Delavan is purchasing new machinery and equipment and will train 71 newly hired employees in general technics, welding and machine operation. ESD approved a $150,000 grant to be disbursed over two years to assist with the training. The company currently employs 122 at its two facilities in Erie County. The original Delavan Welding started in 1946 by three gentlemen, Milford N. Lempke, Alfred J. Gentile and John J. Johnston. They started out doing repairs for airplane plants and decided to manufacture automobile transporters. By the early 1970's they were producing equipment at a rate of 15 units per month. In 1972 Ryder System, Inc purchased Delavan Welding and from there they started producing trailers to haul for the big three for the next 26 years operating under different names. In 1997 Ryder System Inc. decided to sell off its manufacturing division of its Automotive Carrying Group. Lohr Industrie of Hangenbieten, France purchased all of the assets of the manufacturing plant from the subsidiary of Ryder System Inc. Lohr Industrie is the global leader in automobile transporters with manufacturing plants in Europe, North America, South America, Asia, and Africa.



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