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Two area firms get NYPA contracts

2:18 p.m.: Here's some audio of Kessel speaking at today's announcement:

2:14 p.m.: Edbauer and Ferguson were awarded the contract through a competitive bidding process, officials said. Details including who the other bidders were was not immediately available.

Work on the switchyard project, which is scheduled to begin in June and be completed in December of next year, is needed in order to support improvements to National Grid's system, according to the authority.

Construction of the maintenance facility is expected to run from May 1 through November.

1:43 p.m.:

OLD FIRST WARD -- A Blasdell construction firm and a Buffalo electrical contractor have been awarded a total of $7.1 million in contracts by the New York Power Authority, officials announced this afternoon.

Edbauer Construction was awarded a $4.1 million contract to construct a maintenance facility at the new storage site for the Niagara River Ice Boom.

Ferguson Electric got a $3 million contract to install new circuit breakers in the switchyard at the Niagara Power Project in Lewiston.

Both contracts were approved earlier this week by the authority's board of trustees, Power Authority President and CEO Richard M. Kessel said.

"It's all about jobs and investment," Kessel said.

Here's a story from Staff Reporter Barbara O'Brien from September when plans for the new ice boom site were initially announced.

--Aaron Besecker

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