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Shell Fab gets tax breaks for West Seneca countertop factory

Shell Fab & Design, a countertop maker that got its start in a Lackawanna garage 18 years ago, is getting more than $344,000 in tax breaks through the Erie County Industrial Development Agency for a $2.7 million expansion project that is expected to create 10 new jobs at its West Seneca factory within the next two years.

“We are literally busting out of our building,” Shell Fab President Michelle Monaco told IDA officials. “We would like to hire more employees, but we have nowhere to put them. The demand is such that it is putting us in a situation where we are just behind the eight-ball.”

Shell Fab, which has no room to expand at its current location at 2855 Clinton St., plans to buy vacant land at 3254 Clinton St. and build a 55,000-square-foot facility to produce its laminate, solid surface, quartz and granite countertops.

Shell Fab, which currently has 45 employees, is pledging to create 10 new jobs over the next two years.

The IDA, through its Regional Development Corp. affiliate, also approved a $500,000 low-interest loan to S.J. McCullagh Coffee, a Buffalo coffee roaster that plans to buy Premium Coffee Roasters, a Lackawanna competitor that had been looking for a buyer.

IDA officials said the purchase will preserve about a dozen jobs at Premium Coffee Roasters, or about half of its current work force of 25. If the company had been acquired by a firm from outside the Buffalo Niagara region, it is likely that all but a couple sales jobs would have been eliminated.

The loan had been expected to be approved last month, but the vote was delayed until Wednesday because of a lack of a quorum.

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