Two Canadian firms have announced plans to expand in the Western New York region, with both crediting the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise for helping to put together deals that made their respective moves possible.
The firms include:
• KMI Pulp Machines Inc. from Aurora, Ont., will be opening a manufacturing site in the Chadwick Bay Industrial Park near Dunkirk.
KMI produces paper pulp machinery that helps recycle products by turning them into pulp and then re-using them for egg cartons and other items. The company plans on investing $750,000 and hiring 10 people once the facility is up and running.
Dunkirk was selected over a site in New Haven, Conn.
The BNE not only put together site tours, it worked with the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency to craft an incentive package that worked in Dunkirk's favor.
"An abundance of suitable sites and the robust supply chain throughout the region led us to focus on Buffalo Niagara," said Don Kennedy, KMI president.
• Intlvac, of Georgetown, Ont., has decided to open a facility on Maryland Avenue in Niagara Falls that will employ as many as 20 people. The company is investing more than $1 million - mostly in new equipment - for it leased building.
Intlvac makes products commonly found in high vacuum industrial operations. It also produces machinery for the thin film coating industry and ion beam systems used in manufacturing.
The company selected Niagara Falls because it needed a U.S. presence to bid on jobs in this country.
"These two 'wins' illustrate the effectiveness of the marketing and business development tactics that the BNE is employing in our Canadian businesses attraction programs," said Tom Kucharski, Buffalo Niagara Enterprise president and chief executive officer.