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Six local companies and an educational institution will receive state grants to help finance expansions, modernizations or new employee-training programs.

The Empire State Development Corp. announced the grants at its January meeting.

Among the recipients are Carleton Technologies, an Orchard Park company that makes specialized systems and components for the aerospace and communication industries. The state has approved a $200,000 capital grant to assist Carleton with the purchase of machinery and equipment for an expansion of its product lines.

State officials said the company considered Florida as a possible expansion site. The decision to grow in Orchard Park is expected to create 40 new jobs and protect 200 existing positions.

Other companies that have been approved for state assistance include:

Delavan Industries, a company that employs 122 people at facilities in West Seneca and Blasdell. Delevan is investing $1.2 million in an expansion project and will receive a $150,000 state training grant to be disbursed over two years. The company makes automobile transport trailers and refurbishes or modifies transport equipment for the automotive-transportation market.

Erie Community College will receive a $50,000 matching grant for a training program for small- and medium-sized companies that have been identified as competitively disadvantaged. Between 75 and 100 people will be trained over the next 12 months.

Highland Injection Molding Inc., a custom plastic injection molder of items such as waste cans, will receive a $49,900 grant to finance a productivity assessment. The company operates two facilities in Cattaraugus County and employs 120 people.

Orcon Industries Corp. will receive a $9,800 state grant to help perform a productivity assessment. The Genesee County company designs, fabricates and distributes engineered-to-order packaging and employs 49 people.

Prism Network Inc. of Lancaster will receive a $48,000 grant to train its 47-member work force. The company specializes in chiropractic third party administration for medical health insurance claims and provides specialty health plans to HMOs. Prism is investing $600,000 in a new computer system.

ESDC, the state's primary development agency, also confirmed an earlier announcement that the state will help a Dunkirk company with a $3.6 million expansion. Schmalbach-Lubeca, a developer and manufacturer of container systems, is expected to add 25 new jobs in the first year. Headquartered in Germany, Schmalbach-Lubeca considered a site in Erie, Pa., for the expansion, according to state development officials.

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