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




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

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