Power Allocations by N.Y. Power Authority to Result in 85 New Western
New York Jobs
November 29, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
QUEENS—Some 85 new jobs in Buffalo and Elma will
result from the latest low-cost hydropower allocations from the Niagara
Power Project approved Tuesday by the New York Power Authority (NYPA)
Steuben Foods Inc. in Elma and Niagara Ceramics
Corp. in Buffalo have agreed to create the additional jobs for
expansions that are expected to increase power demand.
“We’re looking forward to supporting capital
investments by Steuben Foods and Niagara Ceramics, as they enhance their
competitiveness through ambitious expansion plans,” said Joseph J.
Seymour, NYPA chairman. “The Niagara project is a major force for job
creation and protection in Western New York, with more than 43,000 jobs
linked to its power production, and these two employers are the latest
examples of its importance to the area’s economy.”
Seymour noted that the latest allocations were
approved under an enhanced process for making Niagara hydropower
available on a continuous basis for creating jobs in the region. In less
than two years, the new job commitments have reached about 2,600.
The Western New York Advisory Group, consisting of
the Power Authority, Niagara Mohawk, Empire State Development Corp., and
the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, recommends the industrial allocations
from the Niagara Project.
Steuben Foods is a leading manufacturer of global
brand foods and beverages using technologically advanced extended shelf
life and aseptic processing and packaging techniques. The company is
preparing to begin the first phase of an expansion that when fully
completed in the next several years is expected to create 75 new jobs,
adding to an existing work force of more than 300.
Steuben will receive a new allocation of 3,000
kilowatt (kw) from a 250,000-kw block of Niagara industrial power known
as expansion power.
In addition to the promised low-cost hydropower,
which is vital for the planned expansion to be feasible, the Elma
company is working to complete a package of other economic development
incentives and expects to announce more information later this year.
Niagara Ceramics, which manufactures decorative
dinnerware, will receive a 300-kilowatt allocation from a 445,000-kw
block of Niagara power known as replacement power. The company, which
currently has a work force of 190, plans to add 10 additional jobs
linked to its acquisition of two electric kilns, for firing decorated
dinnerware products and other ceramic shapes.
Together, expansion and replacement power—both
reserved for Western New York businesses and industries—represents about
one-third of the Niagara Project’s total output.
The Niagara Project is the largest single source of
electricity in New York State, with a net dependable capability of
2,400,000 kw. It provides some of the lowest-cost electricity in the
state or, for that matter, the country.
The Power Authority Trustees approved the two
latest hydropower allocations at their monthly meeting, held Tuesday at
NYPA’s Charles Poletti Power Project in Queens.