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3 Niagara County businesses receive extended power allocations

Three businesses in Niagara County will continue to receive power allocations from the county's Empower Niagara agency for the next three years, after action by the County Legislature Tuesday.

The electricity for Edwards Vacuum in Wheatfield, Russell Farms in Newfane and Cornerstone Arena in Lockport comes from the county's allocation of reduced-price power from the Niagara Power Project.

Edwards' workforce has grown from 155 to 215 in the past three years, as it has acquired three other companies in the past year. Russell Farms uses the power for a controlled atmosphere apple storage building that employs 18 people, 15 of them seasonal. The arena, which opened three years ago, has 37 employees, 25 of them part time.

The arena receives 400 kilowatts of electricity, the farm 200 kilowatts and Edwards Vacuum 190 kilowatts.

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