Why Steelmaker Chose Buffalo

September 12, 2013 Updated Sep 12, 2013 at 2:00 PM EDT

By Elizabeth Carey

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September 12, 2013 Updated Sep 12, 2013 at 2:00 PM EDT

New details are emerging on what helped lure an international steel maker to Buffalo. Recently, we reported on Welded Tube, the Canadian company that is operating at the former Bethlehem Steel site. Now Business First learns that the ability to lure that Canadian-based steelmaker to Lackawanna led a Dubai-based company to develop a 350,000-square-foot steelmaking plant in South Buffalo. Alita USA Holdings says the Welded Tube deal was an eye opener. Now Alita plans to build a $102 million plant with at least 172 workers. The report says state and local incentives total about $10 million, but the pay off is a private-sector investment that is 10 times that figure, with new jobs and a brownfield industrial site that is coming back to life.

Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo has made the list of top children's hospitals from U.S. News & World Report, for the third year. It was ranked in the top 50 hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery.

This week's Business First list ranks area home builders based on 2012 gross revenue.
Ryan Homes tops the list, followed by Marrano-Marc Equity, then Forbes Capretto. Natale Builders is fourth, followed by Essex Homes. You can get the complete list of 22 builders in this week's Business First.

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