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Canadian manufacturer opens in Erie County

Another Canadian company is moving operations south of the border and doing some hiring at a new location in Holland.

Fichman Furniture makes wooden radiator covers and will be making them in an existing building which was formerly used for producing wood products. Owner Erran Fichman says the building is ideal for what the company does and has already hired some workers.

The covers are made from a wood composite called MDF which comes from just across the border in Pennsylvania.

Fichman is starting production in a building he bought and is equipping at a cost around $3 million. The company owner worked with the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise in finding a site and getting the operation up and running.

Fichman says he met with local officials to make sure they wanted the company and he liked the area.

"Most of our customers live in the United States. I wanted to open a second location where we could manufacture for our American customers," Fichman. "Our costs to manufacture here are significantly lower than back home in the Toronto area."

Fichman says he will start with 15 workers with more added later.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.