Harper International, which has manufacturing operations in Lancaster, has completed the move to a larger facility in Cheektowaga.
Harper makes thermal processing systems such as high-tech furnaces and carbon fiber production lines. More than half of its products are exported to such countries as China, Turkey and Korea. Carbon fiber is favored by engineers and designers because it's stronger and lighter than steel. It comes in strands thinner than human hairs.
The new office location on Genesee Street on Genesee Street, located in the Calspan building across from Buffalo Niagara International Airport, boasts 5,800 square feet that Harper will use as its lab and R&D center. The old facility had 4,000 square feet. Additionally, the Cheektowaga office space totals 30,000 square feet, compared to 18,000 in Lancaster.
Company spokeswoman Diana Robbins said the new space provides them more space to host customers, which they do weekly. Seventy-five of their 92 employees moved to Cheektowaga last month. The remaining 17, she said, are those in manufacturing positions who remained at the Lancaster site on West Drullard Drive. The new Cheektowaga space also includes artwork from local artists, which will be featured in their conference rooms.
Robbins said Harper is looking to hire six for jobs in engineering, purchasing, accounting and trade compliance, to name a few. The jobs are posted at www.harperintl.com.