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Niagara County grants cheap electricity to two companies

LOCKPORT - Two local companies have been granted allocations of discount electricity from the Niagara Power Project through Niagara County's Empower Niagara program.

Vishay Thin Film, whose five-year allotment expired Nov. 1, was granted the same 100 kilowatts of power for another three years in a vote by the County Legislature Dec. 13.

In exchange, the Wheatfield company, whose resistor technology is used by a wide range of industrial and military customers, pledged to open a second plating line, four new production lines for wrap resistors and a separate screen-printing area. It already employs 150 people, according to a county economic development report.

Also, Alessi Leather Corp., which bought an indoor shooting range in Wheatfield and plans to move its gun holster production business from Buffalo to the Wheatfield, was granted 75 kilowatts of power for three years.


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