History

Throughout the history of Fairport, a series of business have occupied the site of the The Box Factory.

Deland Chemical Works

Founded in 1852 by Daniel B. DeLand, D.B. DeLand & Co. manufactured Soda and Saleratus from crude alkali which was imported from Europe. When Daniel died in 1872, he was succeeded by his brother, Henry, and the firm became known as H.A. DeLand & Co.

As described in Asher & Adams 1876 Pictorial Atlas of American Industry:

“The works occupy an area of ground measuring between four and five acres; the buildings are largely two and three story structures, many of the built of wood. The capacity of the works is from twenty to twenty-fiv tons of Soda and Saleratus per diem… They have a box and barrel shop… where the cases are made in which the goods are packed for shipment, and large warehouses, and storage building for the porper shelter of crude materials and refined manufacture. A magnificent steam engine of fifty horse power supplies the motor, and the establishment furnishes constant employment to from one hundred and twenty-five to one hundred and fifty persons.

“Their specialties are Sup.  Carbonate of Soda, Best Chemical Saleraus, Baking Powder, Cream of Tartar, Sal Soda and Dome Stove Polish…

“The shipments of the firm are principally directed to the West and Southwestern sections of the country…”

The company was well regarded and prosperous, with sales of over $517,000 in 1874.

In 1882, Levi DeLand purchased the company from his uncle. Although  Levi had raised money to expand the capacity of the local fire department, the frozen water in the canal proved to be little help in fighting the fire of February, 1893.

 

Douglas Packing Company / Douglas-Pectin Corporation

In 1907 Robert Douglas bought the fire damaged DeLand Chemical Works and formed the Douglas Packing Company, which soon became the seventh largest producer of vinegar in the United States. As a by-product of the vinegar production, Douglas discovered a way to isolate pectin from the pulp of the apples in 1912. Despite two fires, four years apart, Douglas rebuilt and expanded his company into the Douglas-Pectin Corporation. The production of his patented “Certo” reached over 15 million bottles a year.

The company was sold to General Foods in 1928, for 29 million dollars, and relocated.

 

The Neun Company

The building remained vacant until July of 1948, when president G.L. Neun relocated his company here. Their corrugated, folding and set-up boxes were produced at this site until 1981, when the building were sold to the Fairport Urban Renewal Agency. The building was leased to Mike Hanna and James Woods, who had bought the inventory and machines of the liquidated Neun Company. After the 1983 manufacturing fire, the company relocated to Main Street, using this facility as a warehouse. In 1985 still another fire destroyed the warehouse.

 

The Box Factory

The present owners, The Box Factory Partners, submitted an acceptable proposal to the Fairport Urban Renewal Agency. Their plan to redevelop and resotre the severely damaged building into a mixed us office and retail center has once revitalized this prominent landmark location on the Erie Canal.

History courtesy of:
  • Bernadette McDonnough, Village of Fairport Historian
  • Susan Roberts, Town of Perinton Historian

 

 

Tenants

Accent Hair and Nail - 145

 

Accent Home Services - 200K

 

Al Johnson - 200I

 

Allstate Insurance - 400H

 

Avery Marketing - 314

(585) 377-1520

Barone Law Office - 250

 

Campanella Law Office - 200B

(585) 377-4004

Cardinal Sports Imaging - 140

 

Casa Associates - 130

 

CCA Recruiting - 200A

 

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) - 110

585-377-6590

Ciminello, PLLC - IPA - 400B

 

Dr. Joseph DelGrosso - 400G

(585) 678-5095

Edge Advertising Group - 220

585-218-0011

Fairport Chamber of Commerce - 107

(585) 586-9840

Fairport Partnership - 105

 

Gravity Pool/Gizmo Audio - 330

 

Harmony House Ministries - 330D

 

Ice Cream Factory - 106

 

Ideas & Dreams - 400A

 

Ingalls Planning & Design - 200G

 

Integra Networks - 400D

 

Jackie Hylton - 200F

 

Jennifer J. Gresh - 400J

 

JLB Systems - 130B

(585) 377-2440

John Gonzales - 200E

 

Kevin DiPaolo - 200J

 

KVH Media - 400G

 

Mary Kay Consultant - 400E

 

Murray Illustrated - 400C

 

NXT Media - 300

 

Outside the Box Art Gallery - 104

585-645-2485

Plant Paradise - 400I

 

Publicare Marketing - 320

585-598-4126

Quality Systems, LLC - 400N

585-377-4999

Raymond James - 400W

585-377-4500

Sarah Stein - 200J

 

Sharp Notions, LLC - 205

888.376.4058

Sweet Melissa - 400U

 

Synchronoss - 150

 

TeleBill, Inc - 235

 

Tharon Blake Aesthetics - 315

585-364-1269

TowerData, Inc - 230

 

Towpath Cafe - 120

(585) 377-0410

Tribe Wellness - 400F

585-217-6308

Located in the heart of Fairport

Contact Information

The Fairport Box Factory
6 N. Main. St
Suite 130
Fairport, NY 14450
P: (585) 377-3110

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