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L.I.F. Industries to buy a fourth building after deciding to remain on LI

The company, also known as Long Island Fireproof Door, will use the building in Port Washington as a warehouse and possibly for manufacturing.

Long Island Fireproof Door Inc. has several locations,

Long Island Fireproof Door Inc. has several locations, including this one at 5 Harbor Park Dr. in Port Washington. Photo Credit: Chris Ware

A local manufacturer whose doors were used at One World Trade Center  is purchasing its fourth building in Port Washington, two years after mulling a move to Pennsylvania, officials said.

L.I.F. Industries Inc., also known as Long Island Fireproof Door Inc., plans to buy 22 Harbor Park Dr. for use as a warehouse and possibly for manufacturing.

The 90,340-square-foot building is near three others on Harbor Park Drive and Industrial Park Drive that house the company’s headquarters, factory and another warehouse.

Doors from L.I.F. were used in four buildings in the World Trade Center complex and in the Sept. 11, 2001, museum, as well as at Terminal 4 at Kennedy Airport and Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago. In addition to fireproof doors, the company sells wooden doors, door frames and architectural finish hardware — some of which are sold at Home Depot stores across the country.

The $14.1 million building purchase in Port Washington will add six jobs over three years to L.I.F.’s local workforce of 323. The company also has 35 employees in Queens.

“We need the facility for storage, to make deliveries to customers in Manhattan,” L.I.F. CEO and co-owner Vincent Gallo said Thursday night at a meeting of the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency.

The family-owned business supplies doors and door frames to “a large majority of the high-rise buildings in the metro area,” he said.

The IDA granted L.I.F. a reduction in the mortgage recording tax of up to $84,000 on 22 Harbor Park Dr., and froze the property taxes there at their current amount for 10 years, to be followed by increases of 0.73 percent in each of the next five years.

The IDA provided similar incentives to L.I.F. two years ago for the purchase of its third Port Washington building and gave breaks to the other two facilities. Also, New York State provided tax credits and low-cost electricity.

In return, the company promised to add 18 jobs to its local payroll by 2020; it already has added 21.

Gallo said last week the earlier incentives led him to scrap his out-of-state expansion plans despite attractive offers.

“New Jersey comes looking for you, Pennsylvania comes looking for you,” he said. “But we are happy with all of the help that we have received."

IDA board member Timothy Williams praised L.I.F. for using union labor; many of its employees are represented by the carpenters and Teamsters unions.

Records show workers earn, on average, $58,355 per year, excluding medical and retirement benefits.

The company began on Long Island in the early 1930s as Long Island Kalamein Door Co. It was purchased in 1966 by Gallo and his brother Joseph.

Under the Gallos, the company increased its annual sales from $75,000 to more than $120 million.

IDA executive director Joseph J. Kearney said: “They have already exceeded what they promised to do two years ago...This company and companies like it are the lifeblood of Nassau County and of this island.”

L.I.F. INDUSTRIES AT A GLANCE

What they do: Manufacture metal fireproof doors and frames, wood doors, architectural finish hardware

Locations: Port Washington and Whitestone, Queens

Employees: 358

Sales: More $120 million

Ownership: Gallo family since 1966

Source: L.I.F. Industries Inc.

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