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Agri-business park welcomes first tenant Friday

The Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park will welcome its first tenant Friday, when a local small business moves from a mile away to new quarters for supplying labeling and packaging systems to food processors.

William E. Cox, who founded Marktec, an equipment supplier, 30 years ago and serves as president and chief operating officer, has built a 5,000-square-foot, $570,000 office and warehouse on two acres of land in the new park on East Main Street Road.

Two other tenants -- both yogurt manufacturers -- are constructing facilities in the park, a project of the Genesee County Economic Development Center.

Cox said he has contacted both with bids for equipment and packaging. GCEDC has secured tax breaks and other incentives to lure the three operations to the 202-acre site.

Marktec supplies printing equipment and automated marketing, inkjet labeling and packaging systems. The bulk of its products go to processors of food and beverages.

Cox, a West Seneca native, left a sales manager's job in the New York City area to establish Marktec in March 1982 in rented quarters near what would become his largest local customer, O-AT-KA Milk Products Cooperative. The dairy processor is still nearby as a neighbor of the new Ag Park.

The 70-year-old former city councilman, who is often on the road making sales calls, said service is a key factor for his clients in New York, western Pennsylvania and Vermont.

"We are able to fix our printing equipment with overnight shipments," Cox explained.

The firm has five employees.