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GALVAN PLASTICS WANTS TO BUILD $6 MILLION PLANT IN BUFFALO

A Toronto-area plastics firm, hoping to carve a niche in the American marketplace, wants to build a $6 million plant in the city of Buffalo.

Galvan Plastics Inc. plans on constructing a 50,000-square-foot facility in the New Buffalo Industrial Park. President Nellie Galvano said the plant could employ up to 50 workers when it is fully operational next fall.

"We've been working with government officials in Buffalo and we're 75 percent certain that we'll be proceeding with the project," Ms. Galvano said. "We will give them a proposal in mid-January."

Located in Weston, Ont., a Toronto suburb, Galvan recycles industrial plastic products and sells the material to manufacturers. Ms. Galvano said her firm has considered a number of sites throughout New York state, but she thinks Buffalo would be a convenient gateway as the firm begins to explore new business relationships.

"Your market is huge compared to Canada's and we want to try to get a piece of the American pie," Ms. Galvano said.

In New York alone, there are an estimated 600 firms with ties to the plastics industry. Ms. Galvano also stressed that her company engages in recycling efforts that help the environment, a fact that has not gone unnoticed by local planners.

Galvan officials have been talking with representatives from the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency, the Erie County Industrial Development Agency and the Empire State Development Corp.

Ms. Galvano said she has yet to see a final package of incentives, but she remains optimistic that the plans will come to fruition.

Founded in 1987, Galvan operates a 47,500-square-foot facility in Weston. Operations at the Canadian plant will not be adversely affected if the firm builds a facility in Western New York.

Ms. Galvano said the Buffalo plant would include a research laboratory that might offer employment opportunities for individuals associated with the University at Buffalo.

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