S. Ontario food maker again setting up shop in Buffalo area

August 1, 2014 Updated Aug 1, 2014 at 9:25 AM EDT

By James Fink, Buffalo Business First

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S. Ontario food maker again setting up shop in Buffalo area

August 1, 2014 Updated Aug 1, 2014 at 9:25 AM EDT


Incentives offered by state and local government helped lure a Canadian manufacturer and distributor of health products back to the region.

The Reena Group of Cos., which a decade ago had a distribution center in Amherst, is returning to the Buffalo Niagara region with the pledge to create at least 40 new jobs within the next few years. Working with the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, Reena is in line to secure Excelsior Jobs tax credits from the Empire State Development Corp.

The incentives were a determining factor in the company returning to New York state.

Based in Scarborough, Ont., Reena makes a wide variety of health foods under its own brand names and for private label customers. It also produces herbs and homeopathic items.

Reena has purchased a pair of warehouse/distribution centers from Excellus Health Plan, paying $1.4 million for the two Empire Drive buildings that collectively have 56,000-square-feet. Empire Drive is located in West Seneca.

The deal was brokered by David Schiller from Pyramid Brokerage Co. of Buffalo.

Excellus used the buildings as the site for one of its health clinics, which has since been relocated to Gardenville Parkway, and for storage. Schiller said Excellus will lease back a portion of one of the buildings for records storage.

Reena had been in Amherst for several years but left more than a decade ago to concentrate on growing its foothold in the Toronto market.

The West Seneca property gives the company a U.S. presence for potential expansion.

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