Did you know that September 29th is #NationalCoffeeDay? What better way to celebrate than featuring McCullagh Coffee in this Member Spotlight blog. McCullagh Coffee is celebrating their 150th Anniversary roasting coffee in the City of Buffalo! We caught up with McCullagh Coffee’s President Warren Emblidge III for a brief Q&A:
Q:What is the biggest benefit of being in the region?
A: Buffalo Niagara’s proximity to major North American metropolitan markets is a significant advantage, coupled with our robust transportation infrastructure and traffic (shipping) lanes that make our area an attractive region in which to locate operations.
Q: Tell us something about your company that would surprise people.
A: We’ve been roasting coffee in the City of Buffalo for 150 years! Our founders, Samuel and Jenkins McCullagh, began their operation in a modest lower Main Street storefront in 1867. Today we roast, grind, package and distribute high quality coffees from our facility on Swan Street near Chef’s Restaurant – less than a mile from our original location!
Q: What are you most proud of regarding your company?
A: We’re most proud that we have remained a successful, independent company for 150 years.
Q: What’s new with your company?
A: We’ve significantly expanded our coffee offerings into retail and online markets over the past year, and now manufacture our own line of single serve (k-cup) coffees and traditional roast & ground coffees in retail 12oz packaging formats. Many of these products are now available locally at supermarkets such as Tops Markets, Wegmans, Dash’s and Market in the Square.
Q: What is the best quality of your company employees?
A: Our employees are our most important asset. Dedication to the company and strong work ethic are key attributes. Nearly a quarter of our employees have been with the company for more than 20 years!
Q: What is the biggest struggle of being a business in the region?
A: The high cost of conducting business in New York. Taxes, workers compensation costs, and burdensome and largely ineffective regulatory environment.
Q: What is the biggest benefit of being a Partnership member?
A: The Partnership brings people, products and ideas together. We view this as increasingly important as technology continues to be a disruptive force on the business landscape.
Q: What is your hope for the future of the Buffalo/Niagara business community?
A: Our hope is that local, state and federal policies will result in an environment that is more conducive for business formation, increased employment, greater ‘take home’ pay for workers and more personal freedom.
Q: How do you see the Buffalo Niagara Partnership growing business in the region?
A: By advocating for policies that decrease employer costs to hire in our region, while supporting efforts to increase worker ‘take home’ pay and strengthening our regional business base.
Q: What is your top future concern for Buffalo’s business community
A: Demographics of the Buffalo Niagara region will weigh heavily on the region’s growth prospects, while competition for talent will become increasing global, challenging area employers to rethink ways to attract and retain the best and brightest employees.