Two Western New York
Manufacturers To Receive Low-Cost Niagara Hydropower for 33 New Jobs
April 24, 2007
For Immediate Release
WHITE PLAINS—The New York Power Authority (NYPA)
Board of Trustees Tuesday approved allocations of low-cost power
from NYPA’s Niagara Power Project to two Western New York
manufacturers for 33 new jobs and capital investments of more than
The allocations, from a block of hydropower known
as Expansion Power, will support new equipment purchases and other
expansion plans by MoldTech, in Lancaster, and ISOCHEM, in Lockport.
Moldtech manufactures injection-molded rubber products, while
ISOCHEM produces industrial chemicals.
The NYPA board approved a 250-kilowatt (kw)
allocation in support of plans by MoldTech to add 30 jobs to its
current workforce of 45. The company is going to double its capacity
of injection molding machines at the Lancaster facility, where it
has operated since 1994. The $4.3 million expansion also includes
building improvements, for additional manufacturing space.
In February, the trustees approved an allocation of
400 kw to Moldtech for a new facility it had been planning for
Amherst. But since then, the company has decided to undertake the
expansion in Lancaster, instead of relocating. This led the NYPA
board to modify the allocation because the additional electric load
will be less than what would have resulted from a new facility.
Moldtech has grown significantly over the last two
years and expects to experience growth of up to 50 percent this
year. The company began with small, local industrial customers. It
has since expanded to industries such as automotive, medical,
electrical, agriculture and defense, for products that include
gaskets, electronic seals and medical masks.
ISOCHEM is installing new processing equipment to
produce new products, lower production costs, and recycle organic
solvents. The 300-kw allocation for the company will support three
new jobs and capital investment of nearly $2 million. The low-cost
power is also expected to help the Lockport operation, now employing
93 people, win projects from a sister facility in Hungary, where
fixed costs remain substantially lower.
The Western New York Advisory Group (WNAG),
consisting of NYPA, National Grid, Empire State Development Corp.,
the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, and the Niagara County Department of
Economic Development, recommended Tuesday’s allocations. The WNAG
was established in 2003 to help identify qualified companies for the
project’s available low-cost power, sold at a fraction of market
electricity prices, to spur the creation of jobs in the region.
More than 43,000 jobs in Western New York are
linked to Expansion Power and another block of Niagara industrial
power known as Replacement Power. The two programs, provided for
under state law, account for about a third of the project’s output.
■ 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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