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NORTH TONAWANDA – The Common Council voted unanimously this week to grant permission to traverse city property and connect power to industrial park buildings rehabbed by the growing Taylor Devices, a manufacturer of shock absorbers and earthquake protection for buildings and bridges.

This move is part of a $2.5 million expansion company President Douglas Taylor announced at a Council meeting in July.

“These two buildings are about to be occupied,” Council President Rich Andres said.

Last summer, Taylor outlined the plan of his company, based on Tonawanda Island, saying it would add operations at the new Buffalo Bolt Business Park and create 25 new jobs during the next two years.

Renovation plans for three buildings include a former Buffalo Bolt shipping department, which would be used for manufacturing.

Andres said he was pleased that Taylor Devices was beginning to start operations at the Oliver Street industrial park.

“This is one of our most successful businesses,” he said.