Work at the Sawyer Avenue site should be completed next month, company officials said.
Departments including sales, marketing, engineering, finance, accounting, quality assurance and human resources all will have their own workspaces. Some staff still works at 673 Ontario Street in Buffalo, but once the construction is completed, all 110 will be at the renovated Tonawanda manufacturing and headquarters facility.
Niagara Blower, which manufacturers industrial heat transfer equipment, spent $2 million in January, 2013 to buy a vacant, 110,000-square-foot building and adjacent property at 91 Sawyer Ave. in Tonawanda. Since then, the company has invested $2.5 million into high bays and manufacturing areas. This included a complete re-wiring of the back part of the facility, which President Peter Demakos estimated to be 60 to 70 years old. In addition, the parking lot has been re-graded and now has a new drainage system. Inside, high-efficiency lighting has been installed, as has one of six heavy-duty cranes that eventually will be added.
Niagara Blower was acquired by Swedish company Alfa Laval in May 2013 and in recent weeks has secured two contracts worth more than $23 million.
Demakos said that the company wants to hire around 10 welders and assemblers by next month, and a total of 15 by year’s end.