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Kemper System, a German-based manufacturer of Kemperol, a liquid resin based waterproofing and surfacing system, sought to establish a North American-based production headquarters to increase its competitiveness in the U.S. market. Location, specifically market access, was crucial in their site location decision as Kemper desired to significantly shorten the 8-week lead time to ship product from Europe to the United States.
Kemper required a move-in ready site and a competitive incentive package as compared to Florida and North Carolina, two states that were also in consideration for the project. Furthermore, the company requested detailed labor statistics to familiarize itself with the availability and cost of labor in Buffalo Niagara.
Buffalo Niagara Enterprise (BNE) worked closely with Kemper System to detail Buffalo Niagara's bi-national market access and ensure the company had an accurate picture of labor wages and availability. In addition, BNE facilitated discussions between Kemper and the NYS Department of Labor, which proved extremely valuable in Kemper's hiring process. Working with a local realtor, Kemper found an appropriate site for its project; a 45,000 square foot vacant plant on North America Drive in West Seneca. Kemper will create 12 new jobs and invest over $3.3 million as it begins production.