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Two manufacturers get cheap power

Two manufacturers will add a total of 32 jobs and invest $11 million in their plants in Niagara and Orleans counties, with support from low-cost power approved by the New York Power Authority, the agency announced.

Saint-Gobain Ceramics and Plastics in Niagara Falls is to make a multimillion-dollar investment in new manufacturing capacity for an allocation of 1.1 megawatts. The project is to create 12 jobs and preserve 57 existing ones, the power authority said.

EPCO Carbondioxide Products in Medina plans to install a $7 million liquid carbon-dioxide plant for an allocation of 1 megawatt. That project will create 20 jobs.

The projects were recommended by the Western New York Advisory Group, which includes local government and development groups, the power authority said.

The electricity comes from a 695 megawatt block of hydropower from the Niagara Power Project in Lewiston that is earmarked for economic development in Western New York. The block amounts to about 30 percent of the hydro plant's generating capacity.

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