Bak USA announced it closed its door Thursday, putting 77 employees out of work. That's on top of the 100 people laid off last month.
Chairman JP Bak says the business didn't make enough of a profit to sustain itself.
"My family started this business nearly four years ago with a bold vision: to empower American students and workers by producing computers in the U.S.,” he said. “Through the innovation and hard work of our talented team, we achieved more than we dreamed. Regrettably, the economic pressures on our young company have become too great to withstand."
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is also weighing in, placing the blame with President Trump’s tariffs on products from China.
His concerns were echoed by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.
“I am saddened to learn of the closure of Bak USA. I had spoken to JP Bak multiple times recently as he fought to keep his company open, including just this morning,” Poloncarz said. “Unfortunately the recent imposition of tariffs by the Trump Administration against the importation of Chinese tablet components penalized their products compared to those assembled in China, thereby eliminating whatever small profit margin existed."
Bak USA opened its global headquarters on Michigan Avenue in Buffalo back in 2015.
To fully understand what is being lost with the company's closure, take a look at Bak's employment base, said Fred Floss, chair of the department of economics and finance at Buffalo State.
"Single parent homes , workers with developmental disabilities — these were the kind of jobs that these individuals could do," he said. "It was a starting point, so that they could build a career."
Floss said Bak USA's location on a bus route was also strategic in helping employees without cars get to and from work.