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Gun holster maker moving, gets low-cost power from Niagara County

LOCKPORT - Alessi Leather Corp., which manufactures leather gun holsters, has been approved for a low-cost hydropower allocation by a Niagara County board as it moves from Buffalo to Wheatfield.

The County Legislature is to vote Dec. 13 on the 75-kilowatt allocation to the company, which will bring seven jobs to the former Niagara Gun Range, 3355 Niagara Falls Blvd.

Alessi will invest $400,000 in renovations and also keep the indoor gun range open, offering a 5,000-square-foot firearms training area for the use of law enforcement agencies. The company bought the gun range earlier this year and wanted to have all its businesses in one place, county officials said.

Niagara County uses some of the hydroelectric power it was granted by the New York Power Authority under the 2005 Niagara Power Project license for a business assistance program called Empower Niagara. Its board approved the power application Wednesday.

Legislature Majority Leader Randy R. Bradt, R-North Tonawanda, said the company's owner, Thomas Kulwicki, was referred to the county by State Sen. Robert G. Ortt, R-North Tonawanda.


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