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HIDA approves incentives for two new business ventures in Hamburg

Two companies are looking to either move or expand their businesses here in the Town of Hamburg.

Evans Bancorp applied for state sales and use tax exemption assistance from the Hamburg Industrial Development Agency to consolidate three existing offices (including two in Angola) by purchasing 485 Sunset Drive (the vacant Hunt Realty) in the Village of Hamburg.

According to Daniel Nasca, president and chief executive officer of Evans Bank, the new site will be a back “support” office and sales operations, not a branch location. “We had an opportunity to move to the City of Buffalo,” Nasca said at a public hearing on the project held at the Hamburg Village Hall on Friday, April 26. “Our roots are here, we grew up in the Southtowns and we are committed to this area.”

Nasca said the employees at the Village of Angola offices will be given the opportunity to relocate to the Route 5 office in Derby and the Hamburg location will have about 28 full-time employees.

“We will be hiring new employees, maybe as many as 25-to-50 ultimately,” Nasca said, adding the 6,563-square-foot building will work well and because of its shape, also lends itself to expansion.

Following the public hearing the HIDA approved providing state sales and use tax exemption assistance to Bancorp for this project.

Also on April 26 meeting, following a second public hearing, the HIDA approved providing state sales and use tax exemption assistance to Worldwide Protective Products, who is moving their operations from Orchard Park to the former Walmart building on McKinley Parkway.

“We have outgrown our location in Orchard Park and have been looking to expand our operations,” said Laura Adams-Hirtreiter, comptroller for Worldwide Protective Products. “We have a location in North Carolina and it is possible that we may be relocating some of the jobs back here.”

The company, which started in 2004, manufactures hand and arm protective products as well as other protective garments, many of which are used in the automotive and food industries across the country

According to Adams-Hirtreiter, the three company owners (one from East Aurora, one from Clarence and one from North Carolina) are planning on using 60 percent of the 130,000 square-foot-building and lease out the other space for the time being.

“I was told that with the extra space, it does give them the chance to expand in place, which is important to them,” said Michael Bartlett, HIDA executive director.

“We are a growing company and are looking to possibly add more jobs,” Adams-Hirtreiter said. The company expects that all of its 35 existing full-time employees will be retained in the move and has estimated they could add 12 to 15 new employees after they move to the new location.

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