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A special use permit for an expansion project at CPS on Middle Road was unanimously approved Wednesday by the Sheridan Zoning Board of Appeals.

The ink manufacturing firm plans to relocate its existing site on Route 5 in Dunkirk to the Middle Road location and expand the manufacturing area.

Zoning Board Chairman Edwin Hamlet said the special use permit is required to ensure that all industrial standards are met and there are no environmental hazards.

Jim Bailen, CPS vice-president of engineering, said the project bids are due back Friday and Monday. Work should start by early August and is expected to take 240 days to complete.

The expansion plan will more than double the current site and includes the addition of a 64,000-square-foot production area and a 39,000-square-foot warehouse.

Roadway renovations, a truck weighing station and a new employee lunchroom are also planned.

In anticipation of the expansion, company officials created and filled 10 new positions last January.

Bailen said all of the products used are stored in tanks, and the building is designed to "contain itself" in the event of any spillage.

"When the first plant was erected, there were some serious discharge problems involving the creek," Hamlet said. "I'm glad the whole operation and attitude has extensively changed from what it was before."

Hamlet said the state Department of Environmental Conservation even commended CPS for its recent concern for environmental matters regarding the expansion.

Code enforcement officer James Crowell said he will need additional time to study the plans before issuing a building permit.

He said there should be no problem with an August construction start.

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