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2 Canadian firms expand locally

Two Canadian advanced manufacturing companies are coming to Western New York, bringing 30 new jobs and $1.75 million of investment into Niagara Falls and Dunkirk, Buffalo Niagara Enterprise announced Friday.

Intlvac, a Georgetown, Ont.-based maker of equipment for physical vapor disposition, will invest $1 million in machinery and equipment over the next three years and hire 20 new employees for a new facility it is leasing at 1845 Maryland Ave. in Niagara Falls.

Company officials wanted to expand manufacturing in the U.S. because a growing percentage of its sales are coming from the U.S. market, and they wanted to capitalize on that with a "Made in the U.S.A." label. The company is a world leader in high-tech fields such as high-vacuum products, thin film coating and ion beam system parts and accessories.

"The Buffalo Niagara region proved to be an ideal location for our first U.S.-based operation," Intlvac President Dino Deligiannis said in BNE's news release.

KMI Pulp Machines Inc., a maker of paper pulp machinery from Aurora, Ont., will invest $750,000 and create 10 new jobs for its new facility in Dunkirk's Chadwick Bay Industrial Park.

KMI's machines recycle paper products into pulp and then into other new products, such as egg cartons or other packaging materials.

"An abundance of suitable sites and the robust supply chain throughout the region led us to focus on Buffalo Niagara," KMI President Don Kennedy said in the release.

It had to work quickly, however, because of customer demand that could have forced it to expand at its headquarters north of Toronto. So BNE arranged site tours and cross-border meetings within a week and worked with the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency to find a site.

"With worldwide demand, we are thrilled that KMI's custom designed, energy-efficient moulders are being fabricated locally in Chautauqua County," Chautauqua Executive Gregory J. Edwards said in the release.

The two companies' arrival comes as BNE has been aggressively marketing Buffalo Niagara in Canada since 2005, spending about $1 million in the past six years. Since 2002, the organization has reported 54 Canadian "project wins," with $458.7 million in investment, 1,176 new jobs and 286 retained jobs.

"These two wins illustrate the effectiveness of the marketing and business development tactics that BNE is employing in our Canadian businesses attraction work," BNE President & CEO Thomas Kucharski said in the release.