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Canadian auto wrecker plans operation in Falls

A Canadian distributor of used auto parts is moving forward on plans for a Niagara Falls, N.Y., location.

Standard Auto Wreckers, based in Scarborough, Ont., plans to create 75 jobs at a former warehouse on Highland Avenue in the Niagara Falls Empire Zone, said David Griggs, a business development officer with the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise (BNE).

The company has purchased the 170,000-square-foot building and has targeted a springtime debut for the operation, Griggs said.

Standard Auto has been in business in Ontario since 1979. It buys vehicles at auction and disassembles them at an indoor site. It disposes of hazardous fluids and materials, and then stores what can be sold. Customers such as body shops buy the parts.

BNE, which markets the region to businesses, has tried to attract more expansions by Canadian companies. "We're focusing on helping businesses grow their United States market share while remaining in close, easy proximity to their base operations in Canada," said Thomas Kucharski, the BNE's president and chief executive officer, in a statement.

Standard Auto is eligible to apply for a capital grant of up to $100,000 from Empire State Development, along with Empire Zone benefits, to assist with buying and equipping the building.


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