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Bobcat of Buffalo seeks tax break for moving across the road

Bobcat of Buffalo, a heavy equipment dealer, asked the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency for a tax break allowing it to move from the Town of Lockport to Pendleton.

The move is across South Transit Road from the current Bobcat location at 6511 S. Transit Road to a new site the company has purchased on the Pendleton side of Route 78, at 6830 S. Transit Road, a short distance south of the current location.

The company intends to build a 13,000-square-foot addition to the vacant former pro shop at the defunct Eagle Crest golf driving range, creating a 16,200-square-foot dealership and service facility.

Company president Timothy Freundschuh said his family has owned the Bobcat dealership since 1998, and it has outgrown its present facility.

"We took on a construction equipment line, and our service bays aren't large enough," Freundschuh said.

The $2.37 million project will create no more than three jobs in the next three years, Fruenschuh said. He is requesting a 10-year property tax break along with an exemption from paying sales tax on building materials and equipment, as well as an exemption from mortgage recording tax.

The NCIDA staff estimated that the incentives would save Bobcat $214,000 over 10 years. The agency board is to vote on the proposal Nov. 8.

Also Wednesday, the NCIDA granted a 15-year tax break to Voss Manufacturing, a machine components fabricator that plans to build a $3.1 million, 25,000-square-foot addition to its plant on Lockport Road in Wheatfield.

Six jobs are to be created through property, sales and mortgage tax incentives valued at $267,000. Voss currently employs 97 people.

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