Presidential Visit: Highlighting Buffalo Businesses

September 27, 2013 Updated May 7, 2010 at 6:28 PM EDT

By John Borsa

September 27, 2013 Updated May 7, 2010 at 6:28 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) -- When the President brings his "White House to Main Street Tour" next week, he is expected to visit a local successful business that is expanding and adding jobs.

Sonwil fits that description. It is a family-owned logistics company with a long history in Buffalo.

"There hasn't been a week that goes by that I don't get a phone call from someone who's looking to come into the U.S.," said Jim Manno, the company's vice president of sales and marketing.

Sonwil manages inventory and ships products for other companies.

What's Sonwil's message for the President?

"I think now is the time to start marketing ourselves," Manno said. "Opportunity is here rather than in the traditional places they've gone to in the past like the Carolinas, the west coast and the south."

Rep. Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo) said he is working with the White House to find businesses for the President to visit on Thursday.

"Buffalo, over 100 years ago, gave the world cancer research. Buffalo, over 100 years ago, turned the natural environment into power," said Higgins.

"These are all issues the nation is trying to grapple with today. So there are lessons to be learned here from our experience here in Buffalo," he said.