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Moog plans office building project

Moog Inc. is planning to build a $13 million office building in an expansion that will free up manufacturing space elsewhere on its Elma campus, company officials said Friday.

The aerospace company is planning to build a 65,000-square-foot office building in the heart of its Jamison Road campus to consolidate many of the administrative and support functions that now are scattered throughout the site's 13 existing buildings.

The project is not expected to create new jobs on the Elma campus immediately, but Tim Balkin, the company's treasurer, said the extra space could create the room Moog will need in the future to accommodate future growth and the potential for new jobs that comes with it. Much of the existing space that will be freed up by the expansion will be used for manufacturing.

"The expectation is that there will be jobs that we will create down the road," Balkin said.

The company, one of the largest employers in the Buffalo Niagara region, has slightly less than 2,500 employees in Elma.

The company's steady growth over the last two decades has left its operations squeezed for space, and scattered its administrative staff throughout its campus, which has close to 1 million square feet of space on it already.

"We are very cramped" for space, said Ann Luhr, a Moog spokeswoman.

Moog is seeking tax breaks for the project through the Erie County Industrial Development Agency. The IDA is holding a public hearing on the project at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Elma Town Hall. The agency is expected to vote on the tax breaks for the project at its May 16 meeting.

Moog hopes to begin construction by the end of June, with the building completed by July 2012.

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