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Canadian door company looking at Lancaster for new factory

A Canadian company that makes roll-away doors used on emergency vehicles is planning to open a factory in Lancaster expected to employ 28 people.

Innomotive Solutions Group, which is part of a Canadian company, the Whiting Group of Canada, plans to invest $5.5 million to acquire and renovate a site in Lancaster to establish its first U.S. manufacturing facility, said Richard Ball, a project manager for Empire State Development.

Officials familiar with the project said the company has not finalized a site in Lancaster and also is seeking additional incentives in support of its move.

“They are very seriously considering the region,” said Paul Pfeiffer, a spokesman for the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise business development and marketing group, which has been working with the Innomotive. “This is a step along the way for them. Hopefully, the various pieces will come together for them.”

To support the project, the Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board is recommending that the company receive $150,000 in funding from an economic development fund administered by the New York Power Authority that gets its money from the proceeds on the sale of unallocated hydropower from the Niagara Power Project.

Innomotive Solutions executives said the company plans to spend roughly $3.4 million to purchase and install machinery and equipment at an unidentified Lancaster site, which is being added to help meet the demand for its products in the U.S. market.

The company hopes to complete work on the project by March 2015.

The 28 jobs that the company expects to create are projected to pay an average of $28,600 a year, officials said.

Members of the power board said the company has been looking into the possibility of shifting operations from Canada to the United States for some time.