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Three local companies – Ford Motor Co. in Hamburg, Brunner International in Medina, and Gracious Living USA in Buffalo – have been granted low-cost hydropower through the New York Power Authority.

Gracious Living USA will receive 3.7 megawatts of cheap electricity to renovate and refurbish four abandoned buildings it is buying from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority on 50 acres of property along Furhmann Boulevard in Buffalo to open an injection molding manufacturing facility and warehouse.

The Canadian company, located in Woodbridge, Ont., is trying expand its presence in the U.S. market for its resin-based furniture and other plastic products. The company, which also is receiving $2 million in tax credits through the Excelsior Jobs Program, is expected to hire 250 workers.

Brunner International was awarded 2.4 megawatts of low-cost power for its plans to build a 45,000-square-foot addition to its Orleans County factory. The $15 million expansion, which is scheduled to be completed by this fall, will increase its capacity for making machined axle forgings that are sold to large heavy-duty truck and trailer suppliers.

The project is expected to create 43 new jobs at the county’s largest private-sector employer. Brunner also is receiving $750,000 in incentives through the state’s Excelsior Jobs Program and additional tax incentives from the Orleans County Economic Development Agency.

Ford will receive 1 megawatt of cheap power to support its plan to invest $150 million in its 63-year-old Buffalo Stamping Plant in Hamburg to upgrade equipment and add 10 new assembly lines. Ford has said the expansion will create 350 new positions at the plant, which currently employs 640 people.

The expansion, which also is receiving $8 million in incentives from the state, is scheduled to be completed by the end of next year. The Ford plant also received a separate allocation of 436 kilowatts of low-cost power through the Recharge New York program earlier this week.

The power awarded to Ford and the other two companies through the Power Authority is coming through its replacement and expansion power programs that set aside a portion of the Niagara Power Project’s output for businesses within Western New York. Those programs sell power under seven-year contracts to the chosen business at a discounted price that currently is more than 40 percent less than the wholesale price of electricity in the region.

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