Voss Manufacturing, which has been in business in Wheatfield since 1967, applied Wednesday to the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency for a 15-year tax break on a planned addition to its plant.
"We're setting up our operation for the third generation," General Manager Thomas J. Kammerer said. "We want to go after some new business and we need more space to accomplish that."
The $3.1 million project involves construction of a 25,000-square-foot addition to the factory on Lockport Road. The company produces tools and machined components for the heat transfer industry and local customers.
Kammerer said he wants to add laser-cutting equipment and use more environmentally friendly paints on the company's products. He said 40 percent of Voss' output is exported.
"When we're busy, we don't have enough capacity," he said.
Rita Kammerer, the general manager's wife, is the majority owner and president of the company, so Voss is able to compete for contracts as a woman-owned business.
Thomas Kammerer said many of the company's key employees are in their 50s and 60s.
"We're going to have a lot of turnover," he said.
Voss would save an estimated $267,000 over the 15 years in reduced property taxes and in not having to pay sales tax on building materials and equipment for the addition. The project would add six jobs to the company's current work force of 97.
The NCIDA will schedule a public hearing on the proposal and is likely to vote at its next meeting Oct. 11.
Also Wednesday, the NCIDA board granted a 15-year incentive package to CRS Truck and Trailer Service for a $440,000 addition to its building on Allen Avenue in Niagara Falls.
The company intends to increase its staff from nine to 15. In the addition, workers would wash out tanks, some of which may contain hazardous materials.
CRS also would build its own wastewater treatment plant, boiler and air compressor system.