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Unifrax expanding again in Tonawanda

Unifrax, which makes a polycrystalline fiber product, is finishing up a 83,000 square-foot expansion in the North Youngmann Commerce Center, but the company presented a preliminary plan for an additional 33,000 square foot expansion to the Town of Tonawanda Planning Board on Wednesday.

James Hartz, director of planning and development for the town, said the second expansion will be an addition to the first project.

According to Unifrax, the $26 million plan to expand its production line is expected to create 25 jobs paying an average of slightly more than $50,000 per year. The company received $1.25 million in tax breaks in April from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency.

The Planning Board is expect to vote on final plans for the second expansion in February.

Supervisor Joseph Emminger said the town's 92-acre industrial park, which opened in 2015, is almost sold out.

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