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ERIE COUNTY INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY BOARD APPROVES JUST OVER $1 MILLION IN AID FOR TWO LARGE INDUSTRIAL PROJECTS

 

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August 19, 2013                                      

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ERIE COUNTY INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY BOARD APPROVES JUST OVER $1 MILLION IN AID FOR TWO LARGE INDUSTRIAL PROJECTS

 Buffalo, N.Y. - The Erie County Industrial Development Agency Board today aided to major industrial projects which will see $27.5 million in investment and create 20 new jobs.

 

ECIDA board members okayed $355,135 in abatements for OSC Manufacturing & Equipment Services, Inc. to support a $17.5 million project on the former American Axle site, at 1001 East Delevan Avenue in Buffalo.

 

Ontario Specialty Contracting Group, headquartered at 333 Ganson St. in Buffalo, provides management and equipment in the areas of Environmental Remediation, Civil Construction, Demolition/Dismantlement, Brownfield Re-development and Specialty Groundwater Treatment Systems.  The Buffalo company, led by Jon Williams, will be relocating its manufacturing group to the former American Axle site, while creating a new division focusing on "green tech" equipment.

 

The first product in its new line will be the OSC Green Machine, a mini-excavator, powered by a lithium ion battery, rather than fossil fuels.  The first-of-its kind excavater, which is noise- and emission-free, is already attracting interest from a major utility company.

 

OSC will spend $17.5 million to renovate and upgrade 106,000-square-feet of space on the 55-acre East Delevan Avenue site, 20,000-square-feet of which will be dedicated to the battery-fueled digger.  In addition to improvements to the existing building's roof, windows and electrical and HVAC systems, OSC will also be installing overhead cranes and central compressed air, oil and water.

 

In addition reactivating and improving the dormant manufacturing site, OSC will boost its manufacturing workforce from 20, up to 31, within two years.

 

The company, which also has facilities in Toronto and Winnipeg, will retain its business offices at the current Ganson Street location.

 

The ECIDA board also approved $700,000 in tax breaks for a $10 million Calspan Corporation project at 4455 Genesee Street in Cheektowaga.  The aerospace company plans a two phase project which will kick-off with renovating 36,000-square-feet of space to house 75 Harper International employees.

 

Harper, a global leader in complete thermal processing solutions, as well as technical services essential for the production of advanced materials, is expanding its Lancaster-based operation by leasing space at Calspan. Harper expects to create 15 new jobs.

 

In Phase Two, Calspan will revitalize its Safety Campus to compete on a national level.  Infrastructure, aesthetic and technological improvements will be part of that effort. Calspan will add five new jobs when that project is complete.

 

Calspan, which occupies nearly 400,000-square-feet of space on the 75-acre Genesee Street location, is a global leader in safety and efficiency testing, beginning decades ago with seatbelts and crash test dummies. The company's vision is to live in a world where every vehicle and aircraft includes capability, knowledge, or safety enhancements directly attributable to the Calspan brand.

 

In other action, the agency board approved sale of 1.3 acres of land-locked property it owns in the Town of Tonawanda.  The site, which the ECIDA obtained as part of an effort to demolish abandoned grain elevators off Military Road and Ontario Street, will be sold to Permclip Products Corp. for the appraised value of $7,000. Permclip owns the adjoining property.