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Grand Island Supervisor James H. Pax recommended Tuesday that the Empire State Economic Development Corp. approve a $200,000 loan and a $200,000 grant for the Fujisawa USA plant on Grand Island.

The 60,000-square-foot plant cost $18.2 million. The Empire State Economic Development Corp. held a public hearing on the loan application and grant Tuesday in Grand Island Town Hall.

The company has created 19 of the 40 jobs it promised to add to the 225 positions at the plant. Fujisawa Grand Island, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujisawa Pharmaceutical Co. of Japan, produces liquid pharmaceutical products for treating atopic dermatitis. The plant was "a major commitment to Grand Island and Western New York," Pax said.

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