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Power proceeds board makes grants to Platters Chocolates, Niagara Falls trolley

A chocolate maker and a tourist trolley service received grants Tuesday from the board that allocates the revenue from New York Power Authority’s sale of unallocated electricity from the Niagara Power Project.

Platters Chocolates, which is planning a move into a new plant in North Tonawanda, and the Discover Niagara Trolley operated by the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area were approved for $200,000 each from the Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board.

Platters will be moving from Oliver Street in North Tonawanda to the former Wurlitzer plant on Niagara Falls Boulevard, planning a larger, more climate-controlled factory that will allow more chocolate production in warm weather. The company, which also has received a tax break from the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency for the new plant, expects to double its work force with 35 new jobs in the next four years.

The hop-on, hop-off trolley is a two-year pilot project connecting Niagara Falls with Youngstown, with several stops in between. The hope is to make it easier for visitors to get around the area and perhaps convince them to say longer.