In 1825, the construction of the Erie Canal turned the Buffalo Niagara region from isolated frontier land to hub of activity. While that specific use no longer supports Buffalo Niagara’s clout, water in general still propels the region forward each day.
College and university partnerships are imperative to the future and success of economic development. There is a direct link between a region’s future and the abilities of its up-and-coming generation. No one knows that to be more true than Allegany County.
Over the years, Buffalo has been gifted the name the Nickel City. But (between you and I) it does just fine with plastics, too. Plastics manufacturing, that is. The Buffalo Niagara region as a whole is perfectly positioned to prop up your plastics manufacturing business.
For several reasons—from rising wages in emerging countries, to a growing appetite for US-made goods, to recognition of the abundant resources in our own backyard—the manufacturing industry is poised for revival, and helped along by investments from the private and public sectors. Areas like Western New York have abundant resources and tools to get in on this promising momentum as well.
In November, members of Invest Buffalo Niagara’s team had the opportunity to tour the many aspects of Allegany County to visit firsthand the resources and assets it has to offer. Hosted by Allegany County’s Department of Planning and Development, we met with leaders from the county’s Chamber of Commerce, real estate owners and brokers and college officials.
Alan Rosenhoch, Invest Buffalo Niagara Business Development Manager with Jim Anastasiadis, John Petri and Bill McCormick of Magic White.
Sometimes it’s as simple as finding the right place to start or someone to show you where that starting line even is located. That was the case with Magic White Inc., a company I met last spring at the Restaurants Canada trade show in Toronto. In just a couple short months, a brief conversation with company president Jim Anastasiadis on the trade show floor culminated with the establishment of Magic White USA, Magic White’s first formal U.S. presence here in the Buffalo Niagara region.