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Sep 29, 2020

PPE maker plans Amherst facility

Premium PPE plans to invest $4.5 million into opening a personal protective equipment facility in Amherst that will create 25 jobs, according to the New York Power Authority.

The Power Authority has agreed to support the company’s expansion plan with low-cost power.

Premium PPE will broaden its business into manufacturing, according to the Power Authority. The company’s owners currently operate a two-employee PPE import distribution business in Cheektowaga, the Power Authority said.

Premium PPE has committed to adding 25 jobs with its shift to Amherst and expansion, according to the Power Authority. The project’s $4.5 million cost includes acquiring a 43,700-square-foot building at 120 Earhart Drive and investing in equipment, including machines to make surgical and face masks.

“Premium is planning to begin the expansion project as soon as possible,” according to a memo from the Power Authority’s board of trustees meeting. “Due to the nature of the business, the project is especially critical amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Premium PPE applied for 150 kilowatts of low-cost power and was awarded 100 kilowatts, for 10 years.

The company could also receive support from the Amherst Industrial Development Agency.

The Amherst IDA has not received an application from Premium PPE “but we have discussed assisting if the costs of renovations and equipping add value to their endeavor,” said David Mingoia, the agency’s executive director and CEO.

Published by The Buffalo News

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