A manufacturer of specialized industrial heat transfer and air conditioning systems, Niagara Blower Company, will expand in Tonawanda, New York, adding 25 new jobs to its existing 130 employee workforce.
The company bought a vacant 110,000 square foot building and adjacent property at 91 Sawyer Avenue and is currently renovating the space and purchasing new machinery and equipment to allow for increased productivity and more efficient distribution. According to Empire State Development, the company’s $5.4 million investment will be supported by up to $800,000 in Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits.
Niagara Blower was out of space at its former location and it could not continue to adequately serve present customers and expand its business and markets. The new facility will allow for a more efficient manufacturing and distribution process, enabling the company to remain competitive in the global marketplace. It will accommodate Niagara Blower’s growth for the foreseeable future, ESD said.
“The Excelsior Program will help Niagara Blower grow to manage increased demand for highly efficient heat transfer systems, especially for those applications related to natural gas liquids processing” said Niagara Blower Vice President of Operations Robert Smith III. “Niagara is committed to Western New York and plans to continue providing employment opportunities for engineers, project managers, assemblers and welders.” The project is expected to be complete within the next several years, however production began in the facility’s first bay this month.
“Advanced manufacturing is crucial to the future of the Western New York economy and Niagara Blower’s commitment to this region is yet another example of companies choosing to grow and invest here,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams. “Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, ESD is leveraging its economic development tools to boost our economy and protect and create jobs, which is exactly what Niagara Blower is doing in Tonawanda today.”