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Businesses get $125,000 from state

Community development grants totaling $125,000 for four local projects were announced Wednesday by State Sen. George Maziarz.

In a news conference in conjunction with the Lumber City Development Corp., the Newfane Republican praised the success of the city's economic-development arm in recruiting new business.

Douglas Taylor, chairman of the development corporation's board, said, "We're a group of businessmen who know what business needs and wants," and thanked Maziarz for getting state funds to assist new and expanding businesses.

The event was held at Aquasol, 80 Thompson St., which manufactures high-tech welding devices. The company will get $25,000 to help its move from an Amherst industrial park.

Company President Mike Hacikyan said his investment in the 45,000-square-foot building, expected to open by Christmas, totals about $900,000. He said that about 60 to 70 percent of his business is overseas and that he expects to add 15 employees to the 14-member work force within three years.

He said his decision to locate here was based on work done by former Mayor David J. Burgio, "who first approached us," and James Sullivan, city community-development director and development corporation director.

The other grants include:

*$50,000 to improve land adjacent to the Erie Canal in front of the former Remington Rand Building. Maziarz said that work will "make that area better to help with the Kissling project." Developer Anthony Kissling plans to spend $14 million renovating the old printing factory into 51 work/live lofts and a maritime museum.

*$25,000 for Synergy Tooling Systems to centralize its operations at 836 Wurlitzer Drive. The firm, which does work for the die-cutting industry, has 26 workers and plans to add 10.

*$25,000 to widen the intersection of Witmer and Delmar roads and pave a new driving lane to Delmar's approach, which will improve safety for Confer Plastic's truck drivers.

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