Weekly Feature

2017-05-17 / Business

3M Plant to expand, create jobs in Tonawanda

The 3M plant in Tonawanda, the world’s largest sponge-making facility, will invest $34.5 million in the 275,000-square-foot facility at 305 Sawyer Ave., retaining 308 jobs and creating 39 new positions, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

To encourage the company to expand at its Tonawanda location, Empire State Development offered $1 million in Excelsior Tax Credits.

“3M’s expansion will grow Western New York’s manufacturing sector, create new jobs and generate economic benefits for the region to absorb for decades to come,” Cuomo said. “By attracting and retaining growing industries, we build on our momentum to grow the regional economy and support the remarkable resurgence of Western New York.”

The project consists of purchasing and using new high-speed wrapping equipment to facilitate the new production positions.

These positions will be used in the converting of cellulose sponge and laminates to finished products destined for sales both in the United States and in other countries, according to a press release from the governor’s office.

The 3M Tonawanda plant manufactures the O-Cel-O and Scotch-Brite brand sponges. The facility is part of 3M’s Home Care Division, which focuses on manufacturing products to help clean, protect and enhance people’s homes and possessions.

According to the release, 3M is a $30 billion global science and technology powerhouse with more than 90,000 employees around the world.

It said the company enhances the daily lives of people through its innovative products and customer solutions for a range of industries from health care and industrial, to electronics and energy, safety and graphics, and consumer.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said, “The expansion of 3M in Tonawanda represents a significant investment on their part as well as the continued commitment of Gov. Cuomo to growing our economic sector. It is great news for Erie County, as over 300 jobs will be retained at the site and nearly 40 new jobs will be added. Our international reputation as a good place for business continues to grow, which benefits all county residents.”

“I want to congratulate 3M on their very meaningful investment, job retention and job creation in the Town of Tonawanda and thank them for their commitment to our community,” Sen. Chris Jacobs said. “Manufacturing projects like this have a significant multiplier effect on our local economy, and they further validate the ongoing revitalization of our region’s economic development efforts.”

“The expansion of the 3M plant is good news for the economy of Tonawanda. We thank New York State for helping to keep hundreds of manufacturing jobs in our community and adding dozens more to ensure the prosperous future of this state-of-the-art facility,” said Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Joseph Emminger.

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