The Wedding Factory and Event Center has opened in the former McCormick Brothers factory in Albany. The facility features newly-remodeled space for weddings, receptions, and company meetings.
Delaware County Economic Development says the Shaffer family has worked for the past 10 months to create the wedding venue. Clyde Shaffer, an Albany-area businessman, said his family wanted a new venture to complement their investment in Pete’s Bar and Grill.
“We are a one-stop shop,” Shaffer said. “We cater your event, we clean up after your event. When your daughter’s wedding is over, you walk out the front door. Your event will be as relaxed an event as possible.”
The Shaffers bought 20,000 square feet of the 200,000-square-foot McCormick building. According to Shaffer, the family has the first rights to purchase the rest of the building.
The event center consists of a 10,000-square-foot loft area on the second floor, a large, open space that seats 650 for large events, as well as a bridal suite and groom suite and a catering area.
“We could hold three weddings a weekend if we need to,” Shaffer said. “And each would be self-contained. We wanted to develop it like a convention center.”
On the first floor are two event spaces: The McCormick Room, about 4,000 square feet in size that can hold 250 people, and the Tulley Room, 4,000 square feet that can accommodate 240 people.
“The McCormick Factory building was a huge part of Albany for generations, and it’s great to see the Wedding Factory reuse part of this historic structure,” Delaware County Commissioner Shannon Henry said. “The Shaffer family has brought a lot to Albany over the years and the Wedding Factory is their latest innovation and contribution to the community.”
The McCormick building was home to the McCormick Brothers Co. from 1907 to the 1970s. The McCormick brothers manufactured washboards and other household goods and were known for metal fixtures for kitchen cabinets.