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American Douglas Metals gets grant to move to Buffalo

American Douglas Metals is getting a $200,000 grant from Empire State Development to help pay for its $2.4 million project to move its aluminum and steel processing operations from the Town of Tonawanda to a much bigger site in Buffalo.

The company, which makes and processes aluminum and steel products for the window and door industry, is expected to complete its move this month from its 30,000-square-foot facility in the Town of Tonawanda to the once-vacant Millcraft factory at 99 Bud Mill Drive.

The move will nearly triple American Douglas’ space. The company had considered relocating from Tonawanda to potential sites in Orlando, Fla., or Atlanta, where the company also has facilities, state officials said.

The project, which is expected to create 17 new jobs, in addition to the 21 employees today, also received $49,000 in sales and mortgage tax breaks through the Erie County Industrial Development Agency this spring.

Town of Tonawanda officials have said the cost of acquiring and demolishing properties next to the company’s Henderson Avenue plant made it too expensive to expand at that location, and no other sites in the town met American Douglas’ requirements.

Another local company, Certified Safety Products of New York, was offered a $240,000 loan through a state program for minority-owned and woman-owned businesses.

The woman-owned company, which makes and installs temporary and permanent traffic signs, plans to make and install permanent traffic signs on the Kensington Expressway in Buffalo as part of a $746,000 project expected to be completed in November 2014.

The state development agency also approved $2 million in funding that will be used to fund a new program that will provide low-interest gap financing to redevelop and improve downtown commercial centers in Western New York.

The program will be administered by the Western Regional Corp., a nonprofit entity established in 1989 to promote economic development that works in conjunction with local industrial development agencies. The project is expected to be completed in April 2017.

State officials said the funding could be used for projects that spur community revitalization projects, reduce sprawl and revive older buildings in downtown settings. The funds also could be used to expand housing, commercial and retail options.