Viatran, a US-based business that designs and manufactures pressure and level measurement transmitters, has announced its Erie County facility is set to undergo a $1.5m expansion.

Located in the town of Tonawanda, the expansion product is being supported by $600,000 in Excelsior Tax Credits from Empire State Development and will bring the company’s total employment to 127 people.

The renovated 24,000-square-foot facility will provide additional space for research and development, lean manufacturing cells, and the use of state-of-the-art test and measurement equipment to produce sensors and transmitters. These products are used in the creation of oil, gas, specialty metals, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, as well as for automotive and aerospace testing.

Viatran’s expansion further supports the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council’s strategy for leveraging the region’s assets in advanced manufacturing.

“Western New York continues to grow its 21st century economy by attracting business expansions and high-tech innovation throughout the entire region,” Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said. “Investing in Viatran’s expansion supports the creation of good-paying manufacturing jobs, strengthens the economic climate of Erie County, and delivers a stronger community for residents of all ages to live and work in.”

“The expansion of Viatran is another step toward Western New York’s future where advanced manufacturing replaces heavy industry,” Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul added. “This project complements the investments made to create jobs and boost the economy in the region. We’re continuing to attract and retain businesses and expanding high-tech educational opportunities to help meet the demand for a skilled workforce.”

Viatran Corporation President Kevin Cornacchio concluded, “With access to production facilities located around the world, Viatran was especially pleased to be able to focus our expansion here in Western New York. While there are a lot of attractive places to invest, we concluded that no other location could match the talent pool that we have here. In the short time since coming to an agreement with Empire State Development, we have already filled 15 new positions and are well ahead of schedule for our employment targets. As we look to the future of our workforce, we are confident that our growing relationships with UB and the Charter School for Applied Technologies will ensure the ability to bring on the skilled workers we will need.”

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Source: Viatran