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Canadian roofing distributor to open site in West Seneca

Herman Building Centers, a Canadian roofing supply distributor, plans to open a distribution  center in West Seneca, creating 32 jobs.

The $792,000 project is one of seven expansion initiatives that were finalized during the third quarter, with involvement from Invest Buffalo Niagara, the local economic development and marketing group.

Herman's Building Centers is opening its first U.S. office in a 38,000-square-foot facility at 240 Westminster Road in West Seneca. The company, which expects to create 32 new jobs, did not seek incentives from local economic development agencies, Invest Buffalo Niagara said.

In all, the business group worked on seven projects that are expected to create 133 jobs across Western New York and help retain 149 existing positions. The projects include $14.9 million in promised investment by the companies.

Other projects include:

  • Power Drives, a pneumatic and hydraulic component manufacturer, plans to consolidate its manufacturing operations across the region at a single facility in the Larkin District in Buffalo. The $10.7 million project will create 47 new jobs and retain 146 positions.
  • New Flyer of America, a transit bus manufacturer, is creating 32 new jobs under a $1.8 million project to set up a 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Jamestown. The company recently won a contract from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City to refurbish the transit system's buses.
  • Sierra Biological, an early-stage agribusiness that makes biological organisms used by farmers, plans to create eight new jobs in the Town of Ridgeway in Orleans County through its $338,000 project. The company has purchased a former auto repair shop, with plans to convert a portion of it into a manufacturing and research and development site.
  • Hamilton Plastics, a Canadian manufacturer of plastic injection molding equipment, plans to create five new jobs through a $63,000 project to establish a U.S. office in 3,000 square feet of leased space in Niagara Falls.
  • Seroclinix, a Canadian provider of diagnostic lab services for specialized animals, plans to hire five people over the next three years at a new U.S. office in Amherst.
  • MLP Plumbing and Mechanical, a Lancaster commercial plumbing and mechanical contractor, plans to create four jobs and retain three others through a $925,000 project to move its operations to a new site within Lancaster that will allow it to expand its fabrication capabilities.
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