Tapecon donates U.S. Custom House in Charlotte

By THOMAS ADAMS - 8/23/2012 3:18:17 PM

Tapecon Inc. has donated the U.S. Custom House in Charlotte to the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society as the Buffalo-based company prepares to wind down its operations here, officials announced Thursday.

“This munificent gift from Tapecon being made on the eve of the Lighthouse Society’s 30th anniversary in 2013 will finally allow us to achieve our mission,” said Robert Owens Jr., society president, in a statement.

“Located at the base of the bluff on which the lighthouse stands, the Custom House will give us the space to better share our collections, books and archives that tell the story of our community’s unique qualities that come from its location astride a major river and great lake.”

The Custom House, at Latta Road and River Street, is a two-story structure built around 1840 and was an important U.S. port of entry during the 19th and 20th centuries, the society said.

“The building will also allow us to tell, for the first time, the story of the U.S. Customs Service and how American ports—including our own—contributed to the nation’s growth,” Owens said in the statement.

Tapecon is consolidating Rochester operations into its existing Buffalo
facility. Rochester employees are being offered a variety of options, including continued employment through relocation, commuting and training incentives, company officials said.

Tapecon intends to sell the remaining property, which sits adjacent to proposed waterfront development. Rochester operations will be relocated to the Buffalo facility with a target date for completed transition by Dec. 1, the company said.

Tapecon specializes in printing custom labels, decals, keyboard overlays and nameplates, custom membrane switches and membrane keypads, custom converting and fabrications, and digital printing.

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