Carolyn Powell, Business Development Manager
BNE’s offices are located in downtown, Buffalo, NY – for those of you who are familiar with the city – we are practically right across the street from Shea’s Theatre on Main Street.
It’s great to be located in the region’s core. However, BNE represents the entire region which is a powerful message when working with site selectors. Companies like to consider a variety of options and have different criteria and needs for their business expansions. Our team constantly visits the communities that make up our eight county region of western NY to stay in tune with available assets, sites, and partners.
Recently, the BNE staff took a drive out to Wyoming County and got an update on the great things that are happening out there. We started our day by visiting the Perry Commerce Center. This is home to Athletica, Once Again Nut Butter, and American Classic Outfitters.
The main tenant in the commerce center is American Classic Outfitters. They manufacture sports apparel for high school, college, and professional sports teams. All jerseys are made to order and are crafted by skilled sewers and embroidery experts. It was amazing to see the amount of work that goes into making the jerseys you see athletes wearing on TV. American Classic Outfitters has over 40,000 sq ft and has over 65 employees. What an interesting operation and to see rows of sewing machines, thread and fabrics. Another company located in the center is Athletica. Athletica is a manufacturer of cheerleading and sports apparel for women. They have over 35,000 sq ft and 50 employees. Once Again Nut Butter is a warehouse and distribution company of nut products, such as organic Almond Butter, Cashew Butter, and Peanut Butters. They have over 30,000 sq ft and 12 employees within the building.
Wyoming County is also known for its large dairy farms, livestock and renewable energy. There are 323 farms in the county, producing over 1 Billion pounds of milk a year, making Wyoming County the largest milk producing county in New York State. Due to the large number of farms and agribusiness in the county and surrounding counties, Wyoming County now has a 1.4 MW digester located at the Synergy Dairy. The digester processes both farm waste and food waste from local food companies. The idea is to mix manure and food waste to create methane gas. The gas would then burn in a generator to create electricity, enough electricity, in fact, to power more than 1,000 homes. 25% of the electricity generated will be used on the farm, and a byproduct of the process will be used for bedding for the animals. This is the largest co-digester in New York State.
Wyoming also boasts 237 wind turbines in the county with 58 more currently being installed. For example, the Bliss Wind Farm has 67 turbines that generate 100.5 megawatts of power, and opened May 18, 2008.
With its mix of quaint villages, unique shops, and excellent restaurants and natural retreats there is so much to see and do in Wyoming County. With top employers like Pioneer Credit Recovery, Morton Salt, API Heat Transfer, Koike Aronson, Prestolite Electric and Markin Tubing, there’s a great quality of life to be had.