Two Canadian companies have expanded to Western New York this month, adding 16 jobs and $400,000 in investment.
Window and door restorer Kings-wood Millwork is expected to hire six employees for the facility it has leased at 951 Lovejoy Ave., where it plans to spend $350,000 on machinery and equipment.
Women's clothing distributor Fashion Village is now open in Lewiston, where it has hired 10 workers and is investing $50,000 in equipment and furnishings.
Kingswood Millwork opted to come to Buffalo, in part, to qualify as a U.S.-based company for a New York City building project. It is a subcontractor for the firm spearheading the renovation of a Manhattan building completed in the late 1800s. The contract is worth $800,000.
More broadly, the company, based in Port Colborne, Ont., wants to have a shop in New York because much of its work is in the state, and it is close to its headquarters.
"It's a convenience thing for us," said Secretary Treasurer Allan Cheynowski. "We'll actually be able to commute to a shop in Buffalo daily."
Fashion Village decided to open in Lewiston to avoid tariffs associated with U.S. distribution.
The companies were courted by Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, the economic development and marketing agency for the region.
Cheynowski described the organization's role in its expansion to Western New York as "pivotal."
"My brother [the company president] found them just doing an Internet search," he said. "We had no real experience with this. They put us in touch with all the third parties. They played a very active role in our finding the actual facility."