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AVOX Systems marks completion of renovations

AVOX Systems Inc. is hosting a grand opening Thursday to mark the completion of renovations to Building 2 on its Lancaster campus, work that is part of a $6.5 million, physical-plant investment by the former Scott Aviation.

AVOX, which makes oxygen and respiratory products and systems for the aerospace and defense industries, is making extensive renovations to two of its buildings and mothballing the oldest structure on the 28-acre campus.

The subsidiary of French aerospace company Zodiac Group has 359 permanent employees who work in three buildings at the corner of Erie Street and Walter Winter Drive, the oldest of which, Building 1, dates to the 1940s. Of those workers, 213 are union members.

AVOX has moved out most of the employees who worked in Building 1 but the structure still is in use. Renovations are continuing on Building 3, and this work should be done by January.

The $6.5 million project received an estimated $200,000 in sales-tax breaks from the Lancaster Industrial Development Agency and a $400,000 economic-development grant from New York State Electric and Gas for electrical infrastructure.

AVOX and Zodiac officials will be joined for Thursday's grand opening, which is meant to thank the company's workers, by State Sen. Pat Gallivan, R-Elma; Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak, D-Cheektowaga; and Lancaster Supervisor Dino Fudoli.

---Stephen T. Watson

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