Sierra Biological Inc.
Sierra Biological is an early-stage agri-business company that manufactures microscopic nematodes and other biological organisms used by the commercial greenhouse industry and other agricultural applications. Sierra’s products offer growers a highly effective and economical alternative to using pesticides in their growing process.
The company was originally founded in the Sierra Mountains of Northern California. However, the company’s primary upstream and downstream supply chains were both located on the U.S. East Coast and in Southern Ontario, Canada, prompting them to consider a relocation.
In addition to proximity, costs and workforce, Sierra needed to find a building that met its needs and a welcoming community.
Invest Buffalo Niagara worked closely with the company, primarily in providing information on the Buffalo Niagara region and coordinating their incentives process. The company has purchased a former auto repair shop in the town of Ridgeway in Orleans County, and has already converted a portion of it into a manufacturing and R&D facility. This facility had sat dormant for many years and is now buzzing with activity and once again contributing to the region’s economy. Sierra is keeping its original name, despite relocating approximately 2,500 miles to the East!
In 2019, Sierra reengaged our organization for help coordinating incentive applications on a possible expansion. Now, the company is constructing a brand-new 20,000 sq. ft. facility on six acres of adjacent land. The company’s second project in Buffalo Niagara created an additional 10 jobs, bringing their total to 18 in the region.