Former Union Tool plant in Frankfort to be torn down

FRANKFORT — A vacant plant that had long been a key employer in this village is going to be torn down with anticipated redevelopment of the land anticipated.

The old Union Tools lawn and garden tool-making operation on the eastern edge of the village along Main Street will be demolished starting next month, according to Mayor Frank Moracco.

He says unidentified investors are interested in the site. Owner Ames True Temper will knock down structures and clean up the site.

The Frankfort facility has sat idle since late 2006 — after the company was sold to Ames True Temper. Excess capacity was the reason for the closing.

Union Tools, formerly known as Union Fork & Hoe Co. and was among Herkimer County’s largest employers at one time.

The Continental Tool Co. came to Frankfort in 1900, and was expanded in 1906 and 1907 to form the Continental Work of the Union Fork & Hoe Co.