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TORONTO FIRM IS FIRST TENANT IN NEW HIGH-TECH BUILDING NEAR AIRPORT

A Toronto company that supplies scientific equipment for medical research is the first tenant to move into a new $3.8 million high-tech building owned by the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency.

Scientific Products & Equipment (SciPro) will move into Vantage Center, the IDA's multitenant facility, in December, said the company's technical representative, Adrian S. Grant.

The company's president, Stan Podwin, signed the lease Thursday before the start of the regular monthly meeting of the IDA's board of directors.

"We represent many European companies and now seek a wider North American market," said Podwin. "This location is absolutely ideal."

The agency moved its offices from Niagara Falls Boulevard to the 50,000-square-foot Vantage Center last month.

The so-called "smart building" was recently constructed on a 7-acre parcel in the 150-acre Vantage International Pointe. The former Inducon industrial park is bordered by Lockport and Walmore roads, just east of Niagara Falls International Airport.

The county agency has received scores of inquiries from prospective tenants, particularly companies operating in Southern Ontario, said the IDA's executive director, John R. Simon. They are attracted by the proximity to the airport and to the interstate, he said.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opening Vantage Center was held after the meeting of the board of directors. Local leaders and elected representatives then toured the state-of-the-art facility.

e-mail: bmichelmore@buffnews.com

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