NYPA Approves Hydropower
Extensions to Nine Western New York Companies
November 8, 2007
LEWISTON—The competitive operations of nine Western
New York companies will be supported by extended contracts for
low-cost hydropower from the New York Power Authority’s (NYPA)
Niagara Power Project, with the extensions linked to the retention
of more than 1,800 jobs.
“These contract extensions are prime examples of
the benefits of low-priced Niagara hydropower and are part of the
concerted efforts by local and state officials to encourage a
vibrant Western New York economy,” NYPA Chairman Frank S.
McCullough, Jr. said. “The Niagara project figures prominently in
these endeavors, with more than 44,000 jobs in the region linked to
its hydropower, which is some of the lowest-cost electricity in the
The NYPA Board of Trustees on Oct. 30 approved
extended hydropower service to the nine companies, whose products
signify the broad array of businesses in Niagara, Erie and
Chautauqua counties depending on the Niagara project. The five-year
extensions, accounting for a total of 11,100 kilowatts (kw), are
supported by Expansion Power, one of the two large blocks of
industrial power from the project reserved for Western New York
businesses under New York State law. (The other quantity of power is
called Replacement Power.)
The companies receiving extensions, along with
their allocations and job commitments, are as follows:
Tulip Corporation, Niagara Falls, 300 kw, 110 jobs.
The plant, which has operated since the beginning of the last
century, manufactures automotive battery cases, covers and safety
vents, as well as recycled materials used for new battery
3M Company, Tonawanda, 500 kw, 330 jobs. The
facility produces cellulose sponge and sponge laminate products.
C&S Wholesale Grocers, Cheektowaga, 300 kw, 50
jobs. C&S has provided warehouse and distribution services to
supermarket chains, independent grocers and military facilities
across the nation for more than 85 years.
Delphi Automotive Systems, Amherst, 500 kw, 124
jobs. The facility produces plastic-molded components--primarily
radiator tanks--for the automotive industry.
International Imaging Materials (IIMAK), Amherst,
1,250 kw, 393 jobs. IIMAK is an international business that
manufactures thermal transfer ribbons and associated products for
the printing industry.
Dunkirk Specialty Steel (DSS), Dunkirk, 5,800 kw,
180 jobs. DSS manufactures round and shaped bars, coiled rods and
wire products from specialty stainless steel billets. (The
allocation under the extended contract reflects a reduction of 1,000
kw since the company had not utilized the full amount under its
Fairbank Farms, Ashville, 700 kw, 110 jobs.
Fairbank is a medium-sized ground beef processing facility that
remains the only locally owned and operated ground beef facility
serving the retail supermarket trade in the Northeast.
Special Metals Corporation (SMS), Dunkirk, 1,000 kw,
81 jobs. SMC, founded in 1952, is a world leader in super-alloy
technology, providing products for the aerospace market.
The Red Wing Company, Fredonia, 750 kw, 440 jobs.
The company produces various foods, such as peanut butter, preserves
and jelly, and salad dressing.
■ NYPA uses no tax money or
state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of
bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of
electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting
energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric
transportation initiatives. ■ It is the
nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating
facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines.
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