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West Seneca now offers about 24,000 square feet of space to business start-ups, thanks to the creation of the American Business Center.

The center at 2600 North America Drive is a business incubator built largely with money provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, said David W. Lawrence, director of the West Seneca Development Corp.

The development corporation scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to celebrate the center's opening. Zaepfel Development Co. of Williamsville built the center and is the owner.

The facility, on three acres, is already fully leased. The biggest tenant is pneuVentures Inc., a company that makes pneumatic products, such as splat-ball guns.

Other tenants signed for leases are Brookside Park Pharmacy Inc., an institutional pharmacy that repackages drugs for Western New York nursing homes and other medical centers; Apollo Research Corp., a medical research firm that works for area hospitals; and Patio Enclosures Inc., a maker of awnings and canopy frames.

Together the four new companies envision hiring a total of 25 workers, Lawrence said.

The incubator cost $1 million to build, said Jane Munro, of Zaepfel. She said two-thirds of the money came from HUD and the rest was private funds.

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