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NINE WNY COMPANIES TO GET LOW-COST POWER

Nine Western New York companies will receive low-cost electricity from the state in exchange for pledges to create 70 jobs and retain 2,000 others.

O-Cel-O, the Town of Tonawanda sponge maker that plans to create 64 jobs and retain 393 others, will receive the largest block of electricity from the state's Power for Jobs program.

O-Cel-O, which is in the midst of a $32 million expansion and modernization project, will receive 2,000 kilowatts of inexpensive electricity under a plan recommended this week by the state Economic Development Power Allocation Board.

Trustees of the New York Power Authority are expected to authorize the allocations at a meeting Tuesday.

The board also recommended power allocations to eight other local companies:

Wilson Greatbatch Ltd. would receive 1,200 kilowatts of electricity and protect 559 jobs at its Clarence plant.

Gibraltar Metals in Buffalo would receive 600 kilowatts of cheap electricity and retain 125 jobs.

Graphic Controls Corp. would receive 600 kilowatts of power and retain 300 local jobs for its new factory and office facility in Buffalo.

Upstate Farms Cooperative would receive 600 kilowatts of power and retain 160 jobs at its plant on Dale Road in Cheektowaga.

Bison Foods Co. of Buffalo would receive 500 kilowatts of power and pledge to create six new jobs and retain 124 others.

EMED Co. would receive 250 kilowatts of electricity and protect 163 jobs at its Williamsville facility.

Aim Corrugated Container Corp. in Lancaster would receive 200 kilowatts of power and retain 86 jobs.

Shur-Line Inc. would receive 200 kilowatts of electricity to retain 90 jobs at its Lancaster facility.

The allocations are from the 50,000 kilowatts of power remaining in the three-year program to provide 450,000 kilowatts of cut-rate electricity to New York businesses that create or protect their jobs in the state.

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