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AVOX Systems gets approval for $5.3 million project

 AVOX Systems received approval from the Lancaster Village Board on Monday night to proceed with a $5.3 million project that will boost efficiency by mothballing the company's oldest plant and reconfiguing its two remaining plants.

AVOX, formerly Scott Aviation, makes oxygen and respiratory products and systems for
the aerospace and defense industries and is a subsidiary of French aerospace company Zodiac Group.

Work on the project should be finished by Nov. 1, Michael P. Brown, AVOX's vice president of operations, told The Buffalo News today.

The Village Board on Monday approved the project's site plan and accepted a finding that the project would not harm the environment, in both cases following the recommendations of the village's Planning Commission.

AVOX, which is located at Erie Street and Walter Winter Drive in the village, won't significantly expand its remaining Building 2 and Building 3 but will gain efficiencies by changing how it uses the buildings.

The company doesn't have plans to tear down or sell Building 1, which dates to the 1940s, at this time, Brown said.

-- Stephen T. Watson

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