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Area companies get low-cost power

Low-cost hydropower contracts have been extended to nine Western New York companies by the New York Power Authority, provided the companies retain a total of 1,818 jobs.

The five-year extensions, approved Oct. 30 by the Power Authority's Board of Trustees, total 11,100 kilowatts.

The companies in Niagara, Erie and Chautauqua counties receiving the extension are:

*Tulip Corp. in Niagara Falls will receive 300 kilowatts and vows to retain 110 jobs. The plant, which has operated since the beginning of the 20th century, manufactures automotive battery cases, covers and safety vents, as well as recycled materials used for new battery components.

*3M Company in Tonawanda will receives 500 kilowatts in exchange for retaining 330 jobs. The facility produces cellulose sponge and sponge laminate products.

*C&S Wholesale Grocers in Cheektowaga will receive 300 kilowatts for 50 jobs. C&S provides warehouse and distribution services to supermarket chains, independent grocers and military facilities.

*Delphi Automotive Systems in Amherst will receive 500 kilowatts for 124 jobs. The facility produces plastic-molded components, primarily radiator tanks, for the automotive industry.

*International Imaging Materials (IIMAK) in Amherst will receive 1,250 kilowatts for 393 jobs. IIMAK makes thermal transfer ribbons and associated products for the printing industry.

*Dunkirk Specialty Steel (DSS) in Dunkirk will get 5,800 kilowatts for 180 jobs. DSS manufactures round and shaped bars, coiled rods and wire products from specialty stainless steel billets. The company is getting 1,000 kilowatts less power under the extension because it had not utilized all of the power under the previous contract.

*Fairbank Farms in Ashville will get 700 kilowatts for 110 jobs. Fairbank is a medium-sized ground beef processing facility that remains the only locally owned and operated ground beef facility serving the retail supermarket trade in the Northeast.

*Special Metals Corporation (SMS), Dunkirk, will receive 1,000 kilowatts for 81 jobs. SMC, founded in 1952, is a leader in super-alloy technology, providing products for the aerospace market.

*The Red Wing Company in Fredonia will get 750 kilowatts for 440 jobs. It makes various foods, such as peanut butter, preserves, jelly and salad dressing.

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