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Original Pizza Logs to get cheap hydropower

The company that makes Original Pizza Logs is getting cheap hydropower from the New York Power Authority for its $3 million project to build a new production facility in Wheatfield.

The NYPA board of trustees approved the grant of 100 kilowatts of low-cost electricity to Finger Food Products on Thursday. The company plans to build a 30,000-square-foot facility in the Vantage International Pointe Business Park in a project expected to create 11 new jobs paying an average of nearly $39,400 over the next three years. The company currently has 18 employees.

Finger Food Products currently operates out of a 23,000-square-foot space in Rainbow Industrial Center, a multitenant building owned by a partnership that includes the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency and the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Wheatfield. Company executives said the building was never designed for food processing.

The NYPA board also approved $285,000 in state aid for Borderworx, a Canadian third-party logistics company that is planning to move its Grand Island center to a new $3 million site in Niagara County, where it hopes to revive an inactive foreign trade zone.

Borderworx, which opened its Grand Island office seven years ago, plans to buy an inactive 31-acre site in the Vantage industrial park and build a new distribution center there, with an eye for adding structures as it revives the foreign trade zone.

The funding comes from a pool of money created by the sale of hydropower from the Niagara Power Project. The funding is expected to provide about 10 percent of the funding that Borderworx needs to build a 50,000-square-foot distribution center. About 80 percent of the space within the center would be used to receive, store and distribute finished goods for Borderworx’ clients from Canada and overseas that will use the distribution facility as their business presence in the U.S. market.

Borderworx would store inventory, process orders and ship them out, while also managing returns and providing accounting and finance support services for those companies. The center also would include some space for light manufacturing and assembly work for its clients. The project is expected to add one job to Borderworx’s 10-person work force.

Borderworx executives hope the new facility will help it land additional Canadian clients to help its logistics business grow. If that happens, the company has said it is interested in adding a second and third phase to the project.

The authority also approved an allocation of 300 kilowatts of reduced-cost electricity to Surmet Ceramics Corp. in Buffalo under the state’s RechargeNY program for a $100,000 project that is not expected to create any jobs at the 19-employee company on Hertel Avenue.