The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

December 20, 2013

Hydropower for Brunner

By Howard Balaban
Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — Brunner International will look to expand and add as many as 43 new employees by next fall, it was announced Wednesday.

Whether that expansion happens in Orleans County has yet to be decided, however.

The company was listed with two others in Western New York as among manufacturers set to receive low-cost hydropower from New York Power Authority. The other two are Ford Motor Company in Hamburg and Gracious Living USA in Buffalo. 

In a press release issued Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated, “Today’s low-cost hydropower allocations are a major win for Western New York, helping to create more than 600 new jobs, while reducing business costs to support the manufacturing industry.”

For Brunner specifically, the state allocated 2,400 kilowatts in support of the company’s tentative plan to construct a 45,000-square-foot addition to its existing facility at Bates Road and Route 31.

Brunner produces machined axle forgings that are sold to large, heavy-duty truck and trailer suppliers.

Currently, Ford and Brunner benefit from prior hydropower allocations that have spurred their capital investments and job creation.

The reported estimated cost of the Brunner expansion is $15 million.

According to Gabrielle Barone of the Orleans Economic Development Agency, Brunner is still considering its Medina location as one of a handful of places in which to expand. Any type of expansion, she said, would involve this most recent allocation.

“This announcement is one of the steps in the process,” Barone said. “They’re still deciding.”

Barone added that Brunner will receive a tax incentive package from the EDA if it ultimately decides to expand in Medina. The details of that package are still being ironed out, she said.

Multiple calls to Brunner for comment were not returned.