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Welke Customs Brokers Opens New U.S. Headquarters in Tonawanda
Welke Customs Brokers Opens New U.S. Headquarters in Tonawanda

On December 10, 2013, Welke Customs Brokers USA Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its newly acquired and renovated headquarters building located at 36 Delaware Street in the City of Tonawanda, NY. The three story, 10,000 sq. ft. facility—featuring a 20-person, classroom-style training room—will support the company’s current business operations and future expansion goals.

“This is a really important day for our company,” said Welke Customs Brokers USA Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Damon Piatek. “We’ve made a strategic business decision to keep our headquarters in Western New York and rehabilitate an old building, while at the same time continuing to focus on growing our company and expanding into new markets across the United States.”

To mark the occasion of the grand opening, various community leaders, dignitaries, clients, and staff members attended a ribbon-cutting at the new facility. Following formal remarks and the reading of several official commendations, a series of tours were conducted at the 70-year-old former Eagles Lodge building.

“Our new headquarters give us the space necessary to consider increasing the number of brokers on staff, while also expanding our ability to offer classroom-style training sessions and other useful import/export consulting services,” continued Piatek. “We’ve built the Welke brand around reliability and the concierge-care that our customers have come to expect, and our growth is a direct result of this commitment to quality service.”

“This is yet another example of how the interconnection between Western New York and Southern Ontario provides real opportunities for economic growth here in our region,” said Congressman Brian Higgins, a member of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus and the U.S. Canada Interparliamentary Exchange. “We applaud Welke for leading on this creative reuse project and investing in the City of Tonawanda for their new U.S. headquarters.”

“Congratulations to the leadership and employees of Welke Customs Brokers USA on this expansion project and your success as a company,” said Congressman Chris Collins, a member of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus and the House Committee on Small Business. “Our community is uniquely positioned geographically to welcome customs industry firms and support growth and job creation in this important economic sector.”

“Our area’s close proximity to Canada and attractive climate for international business is spotlighted once again by Welke Customs Brokers’ decision to not only keep their headquarters here, but expand it and rehabilitate an old building in the process,” said Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz. “I commend them for their vision and commitment to our region, and wish them success in their new headquarters.”

“As a binational region, Western New York is perfectly suited for a company like Welke Customs Brokers USA who is looking to expand their operations both domestically and internationally,” said New York State Senator Mark Grisanti, a member of the Senate Standing Committee on Labor. “I am pleased to welcome yet another customs broker and import/export specialist into our district.”

“Shipping goods over the border can be a daunting task for businesses,” said New York State Assemblyman Robin Schimminger, chairman of the Assembly Committee on Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry. “Welke Customs Brokers’ main goal is to ease the stress and frustration for the average business owner through its brokerage services. The expanded headquarters facility on Delaware Street in the City of Tonawanda will better position the company to assist its clients while retaining the company’s close proximity to Canada and easy access to four international bridges and two airports.”

Welke expects to begin hosting on-site training sessions at their new facility in early-2014. Topics will include documentation and record keeping, the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), tariff classification, and many other related international customs and trade issues.

For additional information, visit: www.welke.com.

About Welke Customs Brokers USA Inc.: Welke Customs Brokers USA Inc., is a privately-owned business located in Tonawanda, NY. Welke provides a wide range of Customs services tailored to meet the individual needs of each client. Serving clients in many businesses (from Food to Steel), Welke USA Inc. streamlines the border through technology, collaboration, and education.

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