Since our inception in 1999, BNE has worked to attract more than $3.5 billion in new business investment to the region. That figure accounts for 319 projects, with an impact of nearly 41,000 jobs either pledged or retained.
Here are some highlights:
Alpina was started in 1945 in Sopo, Colombia and produces more than 500 consumer products including baby foods, juices, cheeses, smoothies, and yogurts. In March 2011, Alpina announced its first U.S. manufacturing facility focusing on Greek yogurt products. Alpina USA now has 83 full-time employees making a variety of products in their brand new $16M facility located in the Agribusiness Park in Batavia, NY.
Fichman Furniture, founded in Scarborough, Ontario, manufactures custom wooden radiator covers. In June 2012 they purchased their first U.S. industrial building in Holland, NY and pledged to create 15 new jobs over five years while investing $3M into the new facility. After only two years, the company employs five full-time workers and has seen sales exceed expectations thanks to its U.S. location.
GEICO opened a WNY office on March 8, 2004 with just 75 employees and a long-term goal of having as many as 2,500 associates within 15-20 years. GEICO eclipsed 2,500 associates in June 2013 and, a decade after opening, the office is now home to more than 2,700 associates with plans to add another 700 employees this year.
Greenpac Mill is a partnership between Cascades Inc. and three other partners. In June 2011, the company pledged to create 108 jobs and invest $400M in a new facility. They built a state-of-the-art containerboard mill in Niagara Falls, manufacturing lightweight linerboard from 100% recycled fibers. Today, the company employs 130 full-time employees with two shifts on a four-shift rotation.
Nutrablend Foods is a Canadian based company and the leading manufacturer in the sports nutrition and nutraceutical industries. Headquartered in Cambridge, ON, in October 2009 they located to their first U.S. manufacturing facility in Lancaster, NY. Pledging to create 40 new jobs in the first five years and invest $1M into building and equipment, they now have 134 employees running two shifts daily.
Muller Quaker Dairy, formed in 2012, is a joint venture between PepsiCo and the Theo Muller Group. The company opened a state-of-the-art yogurt manufacturing facility on 82 acres in Batavia. Pledging to create 186 new jobs and invest $206M into the facility and operations, they currently employee 172 full-time employees and make three yogurt varieties. Muller Quaker Dairy was recently named Northeastern Economic Developers Association’s (NEDA) project of the year.
US Off-Track is a licensed account wagering service provider and management company serving the thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing industries. With a corporate office in Florida and call centers in Portland, OR, and Amherst, NY, the company announced a new Amherst location in October 2011. Pledging to create 80 jobs and invest $750,000 into the new facility, just three years later they employ 63 people and operate six days a week.
Welded Tube, headquartered in Concord, ON, announced their newest U.S. location to be built in Lackawanna, NY in October 2012. Welded Tube USA is a leading manufacturer of cold-formed tubing products that are distributed throughout North America. The company pledged to create 121 new jobs and invest $48,250,000 in their new facility. After only two years, they employ 60 full-time workers at the former brownfield site.
Yahoo! announced plans for their Lockport, NY data and internal operations center in 2009. Phase 1 was completed in March 2011 with the opening of a 190,000 sq. ft. facility employing 90 technicians and engineers. Announced in 2013, Yahoo’s Phase 2 expansion is underway and includes an additional 236,000 square feet of data center and 35,000 square feet of administrative space that will house 115 employees for Yahoo’s Customer Experience Center.