Veteran-owned metals distributer and processor opens in Kenmore


BUFFALO, NY – Invest Buffalo Niagara (InBN)—the nonprofit, privately-funded economic development organization representing the eight counties of Western New York— today announced the successful attraction of T&T Legacy Metals LLC to the Buffalo Niagara region, aiming to create 30 new jobs and capturing $750,000 in capital investment.

T&T Legacy Metals is a steel processor and distributor. The company, after a competitive site search assisted by InBN, is now operational at 90 Pearce Avenue in Tonawanda – both in a HUB Zone and Opportunity Zone. The company is veteran and family owned, with a combined 60+ years of experience in the steel business.

“The T&T Group of Companies is so excited to bring their government metals and processing expertise to the commercial and retail metals market in the Buffalo/Niagara region where I have called home for over 22 years since starting school at the University at Buffalo,” said founder James Terhune Jr.

Both Jim Terhune Sr. and son James Terhune Jr. followed a similar path, first spending time in the United States Army and then entering the metals business. T&T Legacy Metals is an offshoot of their government metals supply company, T&T Materials, Inc., which services the federal government and large prime contractors such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, SpaceX, etc.

InBN assisted T&T Legacy Metals in its site selection, introductions to Insyte Consulting for shop layout assistance, and incentives coordination, of which T&T Legacy Metals was accepted into the Empire State Development Excelsior Jobs Program and awarded a National Grid grant. Partners KeyBank, Small Business Administration, and Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce also played help land this success project.

“We want to congratulate, welcome, and thank T&T Legacy Metals for choosing to start their business and create jobs in Buffalo Niagara,” Kim Grant, InBN Vice President of Business Development said. “We believe a successful economic rebound isn’t built on home run mega-projects, but instead on hitting singles and doubles like T&T Legacy Metals and putting them in a position to succeed and grow.”



Invest Buffalo Niagara is the area’s leading private sector economic development and business attraction organization, focused on research, marketing, and business development outreach.  With exceptional community connectivity, Invest Buffalo Niagara’s staff provides comprehensive services and project management for companies looking to expand or relocate.  From research all the way through ribbon-cutting, Invest Buffalo Niagara is the primary point of contact for economic development in the eight-county Buffalo Niagara region.  Learn more: