A plant that will produce vodka using Niagara County-grown apples is seeking tax incentives from the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency.
Sanborn Distillery Corp., the U.S. arm of a Canadian liquor company, is seeking a 15-year property tax break and a sales tax exemption for a $1.1 million distillery in Vantage International Pointe, the IDA-controlled industrial park off Lockport Road in Wheatfield.
The agency board agreed to hold a public hearing on the application sometime in the coming month, with a vote on the deal possible at the board's Sept. 13 meeting.
Company owner Leon Safir said Anat Inc., which blends and bottles whiskey, vodka and gin in Toronto, exports most of its product to the U.S. He said he intends to carry out some blending work in Wheatfield as well as producing the apple-based vodka, which he said is called kalvados.
"It's good quality, so people will appreciate it," Safir said.
His company spent $41,000 to buy the last available land in Vantage, 2.78 acres, to build a U.S. location.
The NCIDA staff calculated that Safir would save an estimated $229,000 from the tax incentives, while creating five full-time and two part-time jobs.
Safir said he is still working with architects but hopes to begin construction on the plant this year.
The IDA also received an application Wednesday from CRS Truck and Trailer Service of Niagara Falls.
The Allen Avenue company seeks a 15-year tax break, includes sales tax and mortgage recording tax exemptions, for a 1,600-square-foot addition to its building.
The company intends to wash out tanks, some of which may contain hazardous materials, and build its own wastewater treatment plant, boiler and air compressor system.
The $440,000 project would create six new jobs, half of them full time. CRS, which currently employs nine people, would save an estimated $132,000 through the incentives.