Kuiken Brothers Turns Former Cashew Nut Shell Liquid (CNSL) Manufacturing Facility into Region's Premier Residential & Commercial Building Material Destination

Just over one year ago, Kuiken Brothers opened the doors of our ninth residential and commercial building materials facility in Newark, NJ. But we did not take the traditional route of acquiring an existing business or finding a vacant warehouse. Instead, we acquired a site which began in the 19th century as the nation’s first smelting and refining operation (Ed Balbach & Son Smelting & Refining Works, the largest smelter in the US at the time) and most recently the US operation of an international company which focused on cashew nut shell liquid (CNSL) production.  With 10 acres and a rail line which ran through the property to Newark Bay, the site was the perfect location to expand our growing business.

The Doremus Avenue site at time of property purchase by Kuiken Brothers.

Doremus Ave property during demolition, dismantlement and pre-construction.

When we acquired the facility in late 2016, the 10 acre property contained over 20 production and office-warehouse buildings. There were over 50 tanks, and miles of pipe and pipe bridging throughout. Many of the tanks and manufacturing equipment were dismantled, cleaned and restored and have been repurposed at other manufacturing sites around the world.  In total, over 1,350 tons of steel and 150,000 pounds of stainless steel were recycled. 10,000 tons of masonry was crushed and recycled for use onsite.

“By repurposing and recycling all of this material, we were able to save approximately 25% of the total cost to dismantle and demolish the site,” according to Matt Kuiken, VP of Operations. “These savings allowed us to invest even more into the complete rehabilitation and renovation of the site to what it is today.” The new site offers us the ability to provide local builders, remodelers and developers an unprecedented level of products and services.

The 10-acre site now features nearly 115,000 square feet of total covered storage including 72,300 square feet drive-through warehouse with 9 loading docks, auto-racking for millwork (windows, doors, moulding), drywall, insulation, hardware and more than 42,000 square feet of exterior covered racking (storage sheds, cantilever systems) for lumber, plywood, panels, engineered lumber and decking. 1,700 feet of rail siding runs through the property to the waterfront which accommodates the direct shipment of lumber, plywood and drywall from the premier lumber mills and manufacturing facilities in North America.  Additionally, the site is situated on Newark Bay commercial waterfront with deep water berth access for future growth and logistics opportunities on the water.

“Whether you are a commercial builder working on a multi-unit project or a residential contractor making improvements, we are committed to providing the highest quality building materials and customer service to meet the needs of building professionals of all sizes and homeowners in the region,” Kuiken concluded.

About Kuiken Brothers’ Newark, NJ Location

Located on Newark Bay and up the road from Port Newark, this site is at the center of the ever growing distribution hub of the NY/NJ Metro market and is the ideal location for Kuiken Brothers to expand its residential and commercial building materials operation.

From custom entry doors in Hoboken Brownstones to large multi-family and mixed use buildings on River Road along the Hudson River, Kuiken Brothers has supplied a wide range of projects in the Hudson, Essex and Union County markets for many years.  The Newark facility will provides us with even greater access to these projects and allows for faster delivery of materials into these markets.kuiken-brothers-newark

In addition, this opens up opportunities for new relationships to be established with builders and remodelers in the greater NYC Metro market. This site is located approximately one mile off Exit 15E on the New Jersey Turnpike and has easy access to Route 78, Route 280, Routes 1 & 9 and the Garden State Parkway. Our time to jobsites in Manhattan, Staten Island and Brooklyn is significantly reduced and will free up our vehicles and operation teams at our Bergen, Morris and Essex County locations to focus on local deliveries. The convenience of having a location so close to the Turnpike and Parkway will also allow us to more efficiently service our customers in the coastal markets as well.


Newark, NJ Location Features & Benefits

  • Large Inventory of Residential & Commercial Building Materials
  • Full utilization of 10 acres storage capacity
  • Drive-Thru Warehouse
    • 9 Loading Docks
    • Auto-Racking
    • Windows, Doors & Millwork
    • Moulding (Primed Poplar, Pine, MDF)
    • Decking & Railing Systems
    • Drywall & Metal Studs
    • Insulation
    • Acoustical Ceilings
    • Boards, Patterns & Specialty Lumber
    • Plywood & Panels
  • 115,000 square feet of total covered storage
    • Total Covered warehouse/operations  = 72,300 square feet
    • Total exterior covered racking (storage sheds, cantilever systems) = 42,612 square feet
    • Dimensional Lumber
    • Engineered Lumber
    • Decking
  • Rail Siding – 1,700 feet runs through property to waterfront
    • Lumber, Plywood & Drywall Direct from the Mill
    • Can accept over 30 rail cars at once
  • Accessibility to Major Highways
    • (NJ Turnpike, Route 78, Route 280, Routes 1 & 9 and the Garden State Parkway)
  • Located in the Heart of Hudson County
    • Alleviate delivery pressure on Bergen, Essex and Morris County yards.
  • Waterfront Access
    • Newark Bay commercial waterfront with deep water berth access
  • Delivery capabilities to include flatbeds, tractor trailers, moffett and 4, 6 and 8-story boom trucks

If you would like more information on Kuiken Brothers and the expansion plans at our Newark, NJ facility, please feel free to give Matt Kuiken a call (201) 652-1000, or complete our on-line Contact Us Form and a Kuiken Brothers representative will follow up with you right away. We look forward to working with you on your next project!

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