Auburn company buys Dundee warehouse

Gwen Chamberlain
The former Dundee Foods plant on Seneca Street is occupied by KanPak, but the new warehouse under construction in Horizon Park will eliminate the need for the Dundee storage.

An Auburn company has announced the purchase of the former Dundee Foods building at 74 Seneca St., Dundee.

Peter Marshall, Bill Ellis, and Larry Ellis of Oneida Warehousing announced the purchase last week in the Village of Dundee and the Town of Starkey.

Dundee mayor Fred Cratsley Jr. said, “I’m excited to welcome Oneida Warehousing to Dundee. The Village is committed to helping assist Pete, his staff, and their vision for the facility.”

Oneida Warehousing is based in Auburn and manages 12 warehousing facilities in Upstate New York and Ohio. 

“We are excited to offer Dundee as a distribution option for Oneida’s warehousing customers and are anxious to develop new relationships with customers in the area. We intend on making space available for lease in addition to offering warehousing services,” said Marshall in a statement released Feb. 12.

“Our goal is to invest in the facility to maximize its use to us and our tenants. We are working closely with Fred Cratsley from the Village of Dundee to prioritize improvements for the facility. Steve Griffin of the Finger Lakes IDA of Yates County has been extremely helpful identifying needs in the local market”

The company’s initial plan is to offer warehouse services and lease space. “We anticipate a mixed use facility, and will be working with the village and the Finger Lakes Horizon Economic Development Center to identify tenants that fit well within the community,” said Marshall

The current tenant is KanPak, but once a warehouse expansion is complete at the company’s Penn Yan facility, it will no longer use the Dundee building.

The new owners are working with KanPak to make sure the Dundee building continues to meet their needs. At the same time, Oneida staff will continue to evaluate the building’s roof, heating, and plumbing systems. “Once spring hits, we will be addressing any other exterior issues also,” Marshall says, adding, “We are open to any modifications to the property that might help a tenant better utilize the space.”

The property has a rail siding and a freezer building, both of which Marshall says may be sought by some customers.

Marshall said he’s not able to make any employment projections at this point.