Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that Buffalo-based Athenex plans to construct a new pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in Dunkirk that will hire 900 people.
The expansion is part of a $1.6 billion investment that will create 1,400 jobs in the WNY area over the next 10 years. Five hundred jobs will be located in Athenex's Buffalo headquarters in the Conventus Building with the other 900 in Dunkirk. The project will cost $200 million.
Governor Cuomo called the plan a "game-changer" for the Dunkirk area. "Think about it, on a population of 12,000 people in Dunkirk, that is a major development," said Cuomo.
It is hoped that ground breaking in Dunkirk will take place in the next few months.
For the people of Dunkirk, the announcement offers a glimmer of hope after decades of plant closures and job loss.
7 Eyewitness News reporter Ed Reilly takes a closer look at the challenges facing Dunkirk and hears what residents think about the Athenex plan.
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