Three Canadian companies have agreed to set up operations in the Buffalo Niagara region in separate projects that will generate $1.3 million in investment and create 18 jobs locally.

Ameta International Co., a Markham, Ont., distributor of security surveillance systems and security cards, plans to open a $250,000 U.S. facility on Kenmore Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda that will employ eight people.

Officials from the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise economic development and marketing group, which worked with each of the Canadian firms, said Ameta was looking for a U.S. site because it was struggling to serve its growing U.S. customer base as a result of delays at the local border crossings and trouble processing U.S. credit cards.

Green Tower Industries, a waste-to-energy generation company based in Kirkland, Quebec, is investing $775,000 to acquire a building on Grider Street in Buffalo. The company’s facilities turn organic waste into energy through the use of an anaerobic digester that generates electricity that is then sold into the state’s power grid. The Buffalo facility is expected to employ five workers.

TLC Pet Food, a distribution company based in New Hamburg, Ont., plans to open a $250,000 warehouse and U.S. office on Cooper Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda, which is expected to employ five workers.