Hi-Tech Jobs Come to Western New York

August 5, 2011 Updated Aug 5, 2011 at 6:43 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

August 5, 2011 Updated Aug 5, 2011 at 6:43 PM EDT

Lancaster, NY

A local company with the opportunity to move out of state decided to stay thanks to receiving state and local grants. It's a company that makes medical devices that clean the air of harmful pollutants after doctors perform surgical procedures.

With its recent expansion in Lancaster, management was able to hire 20 more employees and plans to hire even more within the next few years.

The company is called Buffalo Filter. They held their grand opening ceremony Friday. Erie County Executive Chris Collins also attended the event alongside dozens of other guests.

The CEO and owner of the company, Chris Palmerton, says he was able to shut down his two plants in Amherst and build the new state-of the art facility in Lancaster after receiving grants from the Empire State Development Corporation and city and county assistance.

With the new space the manufacturing plant now has 70 hi-tech workers. The building also has a gym, lounge, showers and is completely computerized.

It was constructed following green energy initiatives outlined by the state.

Both Virginia and Florida tried to get Buffalo Filter to move to their respective states but the Palmerton decided to stay in Western New York.

Buffalo Filter was founded 20 years ago. They hope to hire another 50 employees over the next three years.