The Buffalo Niagara region supports many industries effectively, but possibly none as easily as food processing. The area is a perfect place for facilities looking to move or expand their operations in a multitude of ways.
Location, Location, Location
First, the simple geography of the region is advantageous to food processing plants. The easy and quick transport of goods is imperative to the food processing industry, and Buffalo Niagara is perfectly positioned to avoid spoilage and multi-shift truck drives. Buffalo Niagara is within a 10-hour drive of the entire U.S. northeast, going as far west as Chicago and south to cover Washington D.C., as well as a significant portion of Ontario, Canada, including Toronto and Montreal. Our region is within 500 miles of 40 percent of the continental North American population.
Plentiful Water and Affordable Power
It’s great that you can transport your goods from Buffalo Niagara, but can you actually make them and make them affordably here? The quick answer: Yes. About 20 percent of the fresh water in the U.S. passes over Niagara Falls, one of Buffalo Niagara’s most precious amenities. Buffalo Niagara has abundant access to low cost hydropower. Low cost hydropower has been reserved by New York State Law for companies planning to expand or build in the Buffalo Niagara region. The program offers renewable hydroelectric power at an extremely affordable cost. Allocations depend on the project size and scope, in particular, new job creation. The program is administered through New York Power Authority (NYPA) and is allocated through an application process. Buffalo Niagara also has access to large water aquifers, municipal sewers, and waste water treatment facilities.
If you’re struggling to believe in Buffalo Niagara, just look at our track record. We are home to the largest dairy producing county in New York State, which says a lot since New York is the third largest dairy producing state in the U.S. We also have success stories like Pride Pak, a Canadian company that made the decision to open shop in the States.
Food Processing is one of our key industry targets at Invest Buffalo Niagara. We feel the industry holds the keys to future success for our region, and immense job creation for our people.