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Calamar Welcomes Major Tenant To The Woodlands Corporate Center

Wed, Nov 18th 2009 03:14 pm, by kgriffiths

Viatran will make The Woodlands Corporate Center East its new headquarters for its New York operation and has signed a lease for approximately 18,000 square feet of space at 3829 Forest Parkway, a 42,000 S.F. multi-tenant facility.  Viatran, a Dynisco company, is a worldwide leader providing pressure and level sensors in applications such as oil and gas services, steel productions, food and medical equipment, injection molding, die casting and chemical production.

The Woodlands Corporate Center was developed in 2000 and represents the first Class A business park in Niagara County in over a decade. Comprised of 30-acres the park was completely built out in 2004, prompting the development of The Woodlands Corporate Center East.  The Woodlands Corporate Center East is a 120-acre mixed use park developed by Calamar comprised of commercial, industrial, office, and residential components with both build-to-suit land opportunities as well as multi-tenant flex facilities.  The Woodlands Corporate Center is located just minutes from Amherst at the Niagara/Erie County borders and represents the largest mixed-use development in Niagara County. Calamar is dedicating over $150,000,000.00 of capital investment and is expected to create and retain 2,500 jobs. 

"We're honored to welcome such a dynamic, world wide organization to our property", said Calamar President Kenneth M. Franasiak.  "We're extremely pleased to announce this important step for The Woodlands Corporate Center, which is attracting strong interest and will further our strategy to position the park as a destination for national and international clients".  Calamar is presently home to several international organizations.

"The signing of an established and stable corporation like Viatran, who has been in business for over 40 years, to The Woodlands Corporate Center reflects the efforts of many.  We deeply appreciate the commitment demonstrated by our partners in this endeavor - State Senator George Maziarz, Niagara County Legislature Chairman Bill Ross,  The Department of Economic Development, Chairman Henry Sloma and Executive Director Sam Ferraro  of The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency who were instrumental in procuring hydro power for this project through the Empower Niagara program, a program designed to allocate low cost power as an incentive to draw business to Niagara County.  This project would not be possible without their full support and cooperation", Franasiak added.

Viatran, which began operations in 1965 with three people inside an old garage on the west side of Buffalo now has offices at their present location in Grand Island, NY, in Franklin, MA as well as Malaysia.  They currently employ approximately 50 people and anticipate hiring an additional 25 persons within the next three years.

Ken Brown, Dynisco's President, would like to thank Calamar and the representatives of Niagara County who have worked so hard to bring Viatran to The Woodlands Corporate Center. This move is a major step in Dynisco's strategic growth plan and will allow product expansion opportunities in a first class manufacturing facility. We are anxious to complete the move for our employees at Viatran who over the years have demonstrated their capabilities and resourcefulness. Viatran is expected to move into The Woodlands Corporate Center in January 2010. 

"I would also like to congratulate our Calamar team on this achievement.  Everyone involved worked very hard to make this announcement possible", Franasiak said.