Weekly Feature

2018-03-14 / Business

Town of Tonawanda’s Viatran to expand, create more jobs

Viatran, a worldwide manufacturer of industrial measuring instruments, will create 72 new jobs and retain 55 full-time positions as part of its $1.5 million facility expansion in Erie County, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Located at 199 Firetower Drive in the Town of Tonawanda, the expansion project 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.

“Western New York continues to grow its 21st-century economy by attracting business expansions and high-tech innovation throughout the entire region,” 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.”

According to Cuomo’s office, the renovated 24,000-square-foot facility provides 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.

“Viatran is an international company that could have chosen any location in the world to expand, but after careful consideration they made a major investment in a new facility in the Town of Tonawanda,” said Town Supervisor Joseph Emminger.

“We thank Viatran for recognizing that Western New York is a great place to do business thanks to our experienced and dedicated workforce.

We are most appreciative of the addition of dozens of high-tech jobs in the community.”

Viatran has been manufacturing pressure and level transmitters for more than half a century, solving difficult pressure measurement challenges in demanding environments, according to the company. Many of the company’s products are delivered both in and out of state, including to local customers Moog and General Motors.

“A new facility, an expanding customer base and the addition of high-quality jobs all add up to a success story for Viatran in Western New York,” said Howard Zemsky, Empire State Development president, CEO and commissioner.

Viatran Corp. President Kevin Cornacchio said, “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.”

Sen. Chris Jacobs said, “Viatran’s commitment to their Town of Tonawanda facility is further proof that Western New York can succeed in attracting and maintaining high-tech manufacturing jobs and investment. I am pleased that state assets like the University at Buffalo and the Excelsior Tax Credit program are continuing to promote our region’s economic resurgence.”

For more information about Viatran, visit www.viatran.com.

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