Barcalo / Chandler Industries


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166 Chandler Street, Buffalo, NY 14207
SBL: 77.84-4-5
North Council District
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Next to: 140 Chandler Street
Across from: 155 Chandler Street


Rocco Termini, via
166 Chandler Holdings LLC per Buffalo Rising (Feb 2016)
166 CHANDLER STREET, LLC per City of Buffalo Property Information
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Physical Description

Four story 43,200 sq.ft. brick and reinforced concrete factory

Current Condition

Boarded up, unused. Renovation plan just announced for brewery, bowling alley, and commercial incubator space.


  • 1890 - 20 year old Edward Joel Barcalo came to Buffalo and worked for Buffalo Brass and Iron Bedstead Company
  • 1896 - Formation of the Barcalo and Boll Manufacturing Company in Black Rock at 166 Chandler Street
  • 1896-1917 - 8 various buildings are constructed as part of the Barcalo complex at 255 Louisiana Street
  • The company had a diverse line of products, including metal furniture, mattresses, box springs, recliners (BarcaLounger), hand tools, parts for Ford cars, and airplane plates.
  • 1947 - Furniture manufacturer Chandler Industries merged with Barcalo, bringing Barcalo's original Black Rock factory on Chandler back into the company.
  • 1950s - Edward Barcalo reduced his involvement with his company after 1947, but stayed involved throughout the decade
  • 1963 - Barcalo dies at age 93. Upon his death, the tool division is sold off to Crescent Niagara.
  • January 1965 - The company is sold to Mohasco Industries. All of the manufacturing was relocated to North Carolina.
History courtesy Alloy Artifacts; and WNY Heritage Press, via February 24, 1952 Courier-Express company profile by Lee Griggs

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • February 2016 - "166 Chandler Holdings LLC purchased 166 Chandler Street yesterday from 166 Chandler Street LLC for $250,000" Buffalo Rising
  • October 2016 - Developer Rocco Termini, via Buffalo Rising - "The four-story warehouse building at 166 Chandler will be renovated as incubator space. It will complement more advanced plans to convert the former Linde Air Manufacturing complex across the street at 155 Chandler Street into a mixed-use complex [Termini] is calling the Chandler Incubator."
  • 'Termini plans to add 10,000 square feet to the 40,000-square-foot building and invest more than $4 million in the project. The building will be anchored by Mike Shatzel’s Thin Man Brewery, which will use it as a production facility while also adding a tasting room and, as a further attraction, an eight-lane bowling alley.' Business First

Other Pertinent Facts

  • The company had a need for better bedrails, began forging them in house, used the excess capacity to forge tools, bought out a tool manufacturer (Charles E. Hall Co.) for their finishing equipment, and then were hired by Curtiss-Wright to make 90% of US airplane forgings during World War I.
  • For the first 30 years of business, Barcalo products were also sold in Larkin mail order catalogs.


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