The Original Crunch Roll, a Westfield company that makes spicy fried chicken rolls, is getting 150 kilowatts of low-cost hydropower from the New York Power Authority for a $3 million expansion project that is expected to create 48 new jobs in Chautauqua County.
The allocation of discounted electricity was approved by the Power Authority’s trustees Friday to support the company’s plans to invest $3 million to open a new facility in an old pierogi factory on Bourne Street in Westfield.
The company’s main product is Buffalo Chicken Crunch rolls, which are stuffed with chicken, cheese and spices and then fried. The company, which was founded earlier this year, has been selling the rolls at restaurants, sports arenas and recreation venues across upstate New York.
With the expansion, the company plans to create 24 jobs this year and add another 24 positions by the end of next year as it ramps up production. The company hopes to add a second shift within six months of the new facility opening, Power Authority officials said.
The Original Crunch Roll plans to buy a 15,630-square foot facility in Westfield and upgrade it to manufacturing and office space. Most of the $3 million that the company expects to spend on the project will go toward purchasing new equipment and installing it.
The Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency granted tax breaks earlier this year and also approved a $500,000 loan for the project to help cover equipment costs, building improvements and provide working capital.
The allocation to The Original Crunch Roll will be funneled through a block of power from the Niagara Power Project that is set aside for municipal electric systems and rural electric cooperatives.