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Oishei Foundation funds Resource Center ; $2.1 million loan to upgrade 2 sites

The Resource Center, a nonprofit agency that provides services to people with developmental disabilities, has received $2.1 million in funding from the John R. Oishei Foundation.

The low-interest loan will finance upgrades at the center's Jamestown and Buffalo operations, which manufacture first-aid kits, magazine pouches and other sown products for the U.S. military.

"We needed to make the renovations to keep up with demand," said Steve Waterson, community relations director for the Resource Center.

The renovations will include improvements to the shipping and receiving department at the Jamestown branch and electrical upgrades at the Buffalo branch.

Last summer the Oishei Foundation, founded by and named after the Buffalonian who invented the windshield wiper, gave a $400,000 grant to the Resource Center and the Heritage Centers of Erie County to jointly create a manufacturing center in downtown Buffalo. With the upgrades, the Resource Center expects to add 15 to 20 employees to its Buffalo plant.

"We're very grateful that such a prestigious organization as the Oishei Foundation has decided to come see our operation and financially support us," Waterson said.

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