National Grid has awarded $662,000 in economic development grants to fund four western New York projects that are designed to grow the regional economy. The company provided the funding through its suite of economic development programs that support initiatives such as brownfield remediation, restoration of longtime vacant buildings and facility upgrades.
“Our customers have come to depend on us whether they’re breathing new life into vacant buildings or expanding or streamlining manufacturing operations,” National Grid Regional Director Ken Kujawa said. “They work closely with us to determine which of our economic development programs can aid their investments, while strengthening their businesses and the communities where they’re located.”
The four projects that are benefitting from National Grid funding include:
•Chautauqua County cold storage facility approved for $273,000 grant
The project: Americold Logistics LLC, which owns and operates temperature-controlled warehouses across the U.S., is planning a cold storage and distribution center at 1 Williams St., Dunkirk. The facility will serve one of the company’s top customers and its current expansion project.
Grant program: To offset temporary and new electricity infrastructure costs related to the project, which include a pad-mount transformer, National Grid provided a $273,000 economic development grant through its Electric Capital Investment Incentive program. This program provides funds to offset costs associated with utility infrastructure upgrades to accommodate business expansion or new construction projects.
•Conversion of former lumber processing center aided by $239,000 grant
The project: Enterprise Lumber & Silo LLC is renovating a former lumber processing center and warehouse at 211 Main St., in the City of North Tonawanda. When complete, the 100-year-old building will combine its historic features with 15,000-square-feet of high-tech office space.
Grant program: $239,000 of project funding was provided through National Grid’s brownfield redevelopment program, which funds utility-related infrastructure improvements and other costs to progress the redevelopment of a brownfield site or building.
•Tugby-Lennon buildings boosted by $100,000 National Grid grant
The project: The Tugby-Lennon buildings, located at 320 and 324 Niagara St., Niagara Falls, are being renovated to include 10 apartments and 4,000-square-feet of commercial/retail space. The $3.4 million project is being supported by Niagara Falls City Development Corp., USA Niagara Development Corp., and Niagara County Industrial Development Agency.
Grant program: $100,000 of project funding was made available through National Grid’s Main Street Revitalization program, which is used to support renewal plans of main streets and commercial corridors in villages, towns and cities within the company’s service territory.
•Expansion at LeRoy manufacturer to be supported by $50,000 grant
The project: Aluminum Injection Mold Co. LLC requires an upgrade of its electricity service to support an expansion of its injection mold process, a result of their customers’ desire for their products to be made in the U.S.
Grant program: A $50,000 National Grid Electric Capital Investment Incentive program grant will offset contractor costs related to the project.
National Grid’s Economic Development Programs
National Grid’s economic development grant program aligns with the company’s “Project C” initiative. This community commitment is designed to be a collaborative effort with customers and those in the communities that the company serves to positively impact sustainability, neighborhood and community investment, and workforce development.
Since 2003, National Grid’s 18 economic development programs have provided more than $125 million in assistance, helping to create or retain more than 60,000 jobs and supporting almost $10 billion in private and public investment across upstate New York. More information about National Grid’s suite of programs is available at www.shovelready.com.
Additionally, National Grid provides economic development support during the pandemic through its manufacturing productivity program. The program fast-tracks economic development requests to assist businesses that transitioned their facilities to produce critical medical equipment and supplies needed to fight COVID-19. The company also has committed resources and funding to assist families and customers who were impacted by the pandemic.