Weekly Feature

2018-02-08 / Business

Chamber Award recipients

Chamber Member

Amid all that Shell Fab and Design does for the community, the company will be opening a new building in West Seneca in March, reinforcing its hometown pride by further investing in the area.

It is for this reason that Shell Fab has been chosen as the 2018 Chamber Member of the year.

Shell Fab and Design has been supplying residential and commercial customers in Western New York with quality surfacing work, commercial cabinetry and kitchen countertops of all types for more than 25 years.

The company has earned its reputation as a leader in the stone countertop industry by providing top-level service and quality products.

By perfecting both the custom and manufacturing aspects of countertops, along with paying strong attention to the latest developments in technology, Shell Fab has solidified its position as the largest supplier of countertops in the area.

The new state-of-the-art facility, located at 3254 Clinton St., will allow Shell Fab to expand production to keep up with increasing demand.

Community Service Organization

At a time when area schools have had to cut funding to arts, music and theater programs, West Seneca Youth Theatre has provided a dramatic outlet for children ages 10 to 17 in the West Seneca area.

Since its creation in 2005, West Seneca Youth Theatre has presented numerous productions of a professional caliber, instilling in children the tenets of passionate hard work, friendship and giving back to others.

Following extensive flood damage in 2014 to the Lexington Green neighborhood, children in the theatre troupe raised more than $9,000 for those residents.

The Youth Theatre has entertained at the Kiwanis Club’s annual Christmas and Easter celebrations for adults with disabilities and has visited and performed at assisted living and long-term-care facilities including Garden Gate Health Care Facility and Father Baker Manor.

Christmas carols were presented for years at Southgate Plaza, bringing cheer to shoppers, and the Youth Theatre is frequently invited to entertain at Town of West Seneca-sponsored programs.

West Seneca Youth Theatre has been named the 2018 Community Service Organization of the Year.


Music can be heard wherever Wendy Piasecki goes in the West Seneca Central School District. A 40-year music educator, Piasecki has taught some form of music or theater in every grade and nearly every school during her 21 years in the district.

She has aided students in preparing for the Erie County Music Educators Association Music Festival auditions and performances, guided students to the Young People’s Concert at Fantasy Island, directed students in elementary school musicals, and presented student performances at the Junior Musical Theater Celebration at Shea’s Buffalo, Memorial Day celebrations and for senior living centers.

Piasecki Piasecki Currently at West Middle School, Piasecki set out to provide students with additional creative outlets by creating a “Passport to Broadway” review.

Piasecki earned her Master of Music degree in composition theory 40 years ago and at age 40 chose to return to school to receive her teaching certificate.Piasecki has been selected as the 2018 Educator of the Year.


As 2018 Citizen of the Year, Paul Clark can put his name next to nearly every board, committee and organization in West Seneca.

Clark has served in every position with the Rotary Club during his more than 30-year involvement; he helped charter and organize the board of the Burchfield Nature & Art Center, along with starting the docent program in his 12-year involvement; and as a member of the YMCA Capital Board, he guided members to purchase the Ismailia Shrine Temple and bring the Y to the Southtowns.

Clark Clark He also assisted in the creation of the industrial park, bringing several businesses to the town, and as a member of the Construction Exchange of WNY Board of Governors, he assisted small and minority contractors to become trained in accounting and finance, strengthening the local construction economy.

He has been a Cub Scout den leader and coach of St. John Vianney boys basketball.


It has been 45 years that Al Ross Screen Printing and Embroidery has been in business, and people are still wondering about the identity of Al Ross. Wonder no more.

Al Ross, along with being a combination of family names, is the 2018 Business of the Year.

The Seneca Street company embroiders and screen prints clothing and apparel while creating an identity, a sense of professionalism and a memorable local brand.

Whether a company, fire hall, restaurant, construction team, school, sports team or cheering squad, Al Ross makes its customers look good.

But along with a strong business sense comes an equal sense of community.

Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Al Ross raised and donated more than $20,000 to the American Red Cross.

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