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Fisher-Price will get $250,000 in grants and loans from the state Urban Development Corp. toward its $18 million Team Design Center in East Aurora, the UDC said Friday.

The toy maker was one of six Western New York firms and schools to get aid through the Regional Economic Development Partnership Program, the UDC said.

Fisher-Price will get a $125,000 grant and a $125,000 loan to assist in demolishing a building, grading the site, setting up a parking area and installing exterior lighting for the new 125,000-square-foot center.

The center will be used for integrated teams of marketing, design and engineering personnel who develop new products.

The company says the aid will help it retain 900 jobs in East Aurora and create 118 jobs within three years of the project's completion, the UDC said.

Several other grants and loans were also given:

American Axle & Manufacturing Co. in Buffalo will get a $180,000 grant and a $120,000 loan to pay for new infrastructure for a new 60,000-square-foot paint facility.

The company, with 2,371 employees, has committed to investing $100 million in its Western New York facilities over five years.

Flexo Transparent, a printed plastic manufacturer in Buffalo, will get a $75,000 grant and a $75,000 loan to install a catalytic oxidizer that will reduce volatile organic compound emissions.

Without the oxidizer, it would be forced to cease operations, the UDC said. The company employs 89.

Pfeiffer Foods in Wilson will receive a $100,000 grant and a $100,000 loan to pay for improvements on its waste water treatment facilities.

The village's treatment plant no longer can accommodate growth at the manufacturer of salad dressings. Pfeiffer will retain 122 jobs and create 23 additional jobs within three years, the UDC said.

Niagara County Community College got a $149,820 economic development assistance grant to cover instructor fees and administration costs for its Tops Market Training Program, which is preparing employees for the opening of a distribution center in Lancaster.

The center will employ 3,000 workers.

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