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2017-08-09 / Business

The Decks’ custom rails: Wrought iron products crafted by family business

by KEATON T. DEPRIEST Associate Editor


Old Dutchman’s Wrought Iron Inc., 2800 Millersport Highway, Getzville, is owned and managed by the Deck family. From left is Melissa Rzeszutek; her father, Keith Deck; and his two sons, Scott Deck and Mike Deck. 
Photo by Jim SmerecakPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Old Dutchman’s Wrought Iron Inc., 2800 Millersport Highway, Getzville, is owned and managed by the Deck family. From left is Melissa Rzeszutek; her father, Keith Deck; and his two sons, Scott Deck and Mike Deck. Photo by Jim SmerecakPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Once housed inside a small barn on Transit and Stahley roads, Old Dutchman’s Wrought Iron Inc. is now equipped with state-of-the art machinery to create wrought iron-based products within its 20,000-square-foot building.

The company was purchased by Keith Deck in the mid-1990s. After the business was moved to its current location at 2800 Millersport Highway, Getzville, Deck’s wife, Patricia, and their children, Melissa, Mike and Scott, joined the company.

Currently, Keith Deck is the owner and president of Old Dutchman, as Mike is the general manager and Scott is site foreman. Daughter Melissa Rzeszutek is the company’s secretary.

After breaking ground on the expanded facility in late 2014, it took about a year for construction to be completed.

Mike Deck, a graduate of Alfred State University, said the building addition was needed for the business to continue growing as well as to fabricate its scheduled custom orders.

“Our expansion was a necessity for the physical space we needed to do our work,” he said.

The company specializes in creating custom aluminum, stainless steel and wrought iron fences, gates and railings for both residential and commercial settings. The company’s product line also includes iron balusters, stair and balcony rails, drive gates, walk gates, security grills, window treatments and furniture.

“Our main specialty is railings,” Mike Deck said. “A lot of our business is mostly handrail systems and architectural components. We also do a lot of metal fabrications, such as those used for Department of Transportation work.”

Old Dutchman’s custom railings have been installed at public areas such as at Canalside Buffalo and Niagara Falls State Park.

For the past 10 years, the company has been crafting aluminum rail systems for customers, which Mike Deck said is a better quality railing because aluminum doesn’t rust.

Mike Deck said he and his brother, Scott, work together in computer-aided manufacturing of the products. He said every product Old Dutchman creates is drawn to scale prior to it being fabricated.

“All of our employees and the family members take a hand in working together to create our products,” Mike Deck said. “Every one of us sees a product before it leaves. We build everything ourselves, from it being a raw good to a finished product.”

Beginning later this summer, the company will be partnering with Ultralox, a manufacturer of interlocking, powder-coating aluminum rail systems. Mike Deck said Ultralox’s system allows a machine press to be used to lock the railing pickets in place, instead of the more complicated process of welding.

He said that the system will allow the company more time to produce custom railings and other products. The new modular rail system will also simplify the fabrication process for basic railings, allowing the company to craft a 6- or 8-foot piece of railing in less than a minute.

“All of our products are custom and made to order for our customers,” Mike Deck said. “We make sure everything is taken care of for our customers.”

He encourages people who are interested in their products or services to view the business’s website.

“They can see the endless detail that we can do,” he said. “The site allows them to view all of our products.”

The website can be viewed at www.olddutchman.com.

The business is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays. For more information, call 688-2034.

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