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Finger Lakes Regions, 2003

Business Expansions

Custom Air Design Inc., Honeoye (Ontario County), is bringing work done in Malaysia back to the United States to take over production of dispensers for sanitary napkins. The project will create 45 jobs, while retaining 50. (Democrat & Chronicle, 12/5/03)

Blue Skies Ahead, Penn Yan (Yates County), has begun manufacturing and selling customized, colorful hospital garb. The company will employ five to ten people. (Syracuse Post Standard, 12/2/03)

ACT USA Inc., a spin-off of technology transfer company Sumavera Medical Innovations LLC, launched in October and will market nutraceuticals, or dietary supplements. ACT USA is expected to employ up to 20 staffers by the end of 2004. (Rochester Business Journal, 11/28/03)

Netflix Inc., a California-headquartered Internet-based DVD rental company, will open a distribution center in Henrietta (Monroe County) on December 1. Netflix distribution centers employ between eight and 15 people. (Democrat & Chronicle, 11/26/03)

Eastman Kodak Co. is moving 125 to 150 jobs from California and New Jersey to Rochester and buying a software company in a push to meet the information technology needs of health care professionals. The operation aims to help hospitals store and manage digital x-rays on computer networks and link them to physician reports and other clinical data. (Democrat & Chronicle, 11/19/03)

Crosman Corp., East Bloomfield (Ontario County), has added a manufacturing line to produce its newest air rifle. About ten workers have been added to its 238-person full-time workforce. (Democrat & Chronicle, 11/13/03)

EastView Mall, Victor (Ontario County), opened its new 64,000 square-foot expansion on November 1. The expansion includes three restaurants and five upscale specialty stores. The $25 million project is creating 150 retail jobs. EastView Mall employs nearly 4,000 people. (Finger Lakes Times, 10/31/03)

Bausch & Lomb Inc. is building new laboratories in Rochester (Monroe County) as it ramps up its capabilities in developing pharmaceutical and drug delivery products and will add 40 to 50 scientists over the next couple of years. Twenty scientists will be on board by the end of this year. (Democrat & Chronicle, 10/30/03)

CATS, the Rochester-based company in charge of the high-speed ferry, expects to hire 100 local workers by April – one month before the ferry’s scheduled launch date. Currently, CATS has 26 employees. (Democrat & Chronicle, 10/25/03)

Finger Lakes Race Track, Farmington (Ontario County), began construction of a casino for video lottery terminals. The track plans to open a 28,000 square-foot gaming hall in February 2004. Finger Lakes Race Track plans to hire 160 full-time employees for its gaming hall. (Democrat & Chronicle, 10/18/03)

Current Link, a start-up technology company, plans to open an operation in Henrietta (Monroe County), creating 400 jobs over the next three to five years. Current Link plans to hire engineers, information technology workers and customer service and marketing representatives. Current Link plans to hire about 25 people immediately. (Democrat & Chronicle, 10/17/03)

Integrated Nano-Technologies, a Henrietta-based (Monroe County) developer of a biosensor with medical and military applications, plans to add 105 jobs within three years. INT is expanding from a research company to a manufacturer. The company currently has 22 employees. (Democrat & Chronicle, 10/17/03)

Verizon Wireless Inc. will add 120 full-time positions at its Henrietta (Monroe County) call center over the next three months. Sixty of the jobs will be added in October and another 60 are planned for December. The call center now employs nearly 400 representatives. Additional expansion is expected after the first of the year with another 200 jobs being added by the end of March. (Rochester Business Journal, 10/10/03; Democrat & Chronicle, 10/8/03)

Concentrix Corp. (Monroe County) expects to add roughly 100 jobs to its current workforce of 250 staffers. The customer management firm is exploring acquisitions to bolster its organic growth. Concentrix works with firms in variety of industries such as telecommunications, health and financial services, imaging and e-learning. (Rochester Business Journal, 10/10/03)

Spoon Exhibit Services, a trade-show and event-marketing company, will relocate to Macedon (Wayne County) from Rochester. The company plans to add 15 jobs to its 45-person workforce within two years. (Democrat & Chronicle, 10/9/03; Daily Messenger, 10/2/03)

Saint-Gobain Technical Fabrics, which makes reinforcement fabrics materials for construction and industry, plans to add 25 jobs at its plant in Albion (Orleans County). The company currently employs 127 people. (Democrat & Chronicle, 10/2/03; The Daily News, 10/1/03)

Parlec Inc., a tool and machine company located in Perinton (Monroe County), has added 20 jobs this year and expects to add another 20, bringing its local workforce to 135. (Democrat & Chronicle, 10/2/03)

Lowe’s, a home-improvement store, has broken ground on a new store in Hopewell (Ontario County). The store is scheduled to open next summer and will offer approximately 175 jobs. (Daily Messenger, 9/24/03; Daily Messenger, 8/28/03)

Harris RF plans to hire 170 or more engineers and other staffers in Rochester over the next two years, due to strong demand for its military radios. Harris RF employs about 1,200 people and intends to hire an additional 70 people, then another 100 over the next two years, not including extra contract workers. (Democrat & Chronicle, 9/15/03)

The Sutherland Group is looking to fill 120 positions over the next month at its call center in Henrietta (Monroe County). The company is hiring in response to increased customer demand. Sutherland provides services such as technical and sales support for companies such as Dell Inc., Gateway Inc. and AT&T Wireless Services Inc. (Democrat & Chronicle, 9/9/03)

Melles Griot Inc. will invest $2.5 million in an expansion at its Rochester (Monroe County) optics unit that will add at least 30 jobs. The expansion will involve renovations, new machinery and equipment. Melles Griot designs and manufactures high-performance optical components and custom-designed lenses and optical systems. The products are used in the semiconductor, biomedical, meteorology, aerospace and consumer products manufacturing industries. (Democrat & Chronicle, 8/14/03)

D’Lisi Food Systems (Monroe County), a pizza dough maker, expects to nearly triple its 35-member staff in the next six months. (Rochester Business Journal, 8/1/03)

Printer Components, Victor (Ontario County), has agreed to retain 57 jobs and add eight new jobs in exchange for power under the New York Power Authority’s Power for Jobs Program. (Democrat & Chronicle, 7/24/03)

UPDATE: Klein Steel Service Inc. (Monroe County) broke ground on its $9.25 million expansion project. The project’s first phase could add 170 jobs over time. (Democrat & Chronicle, 7/24/03)

Heidelberg Digital LLC is moving jobs from Germany to Rochester, creating 212 positions as part of a $1.7 million expansion in Gates (Monroe County). The move would boost the printing manufacturer’s total local employment from 600 to more than 800 workers. Hiring is expected to start this fall. (Rochester Business Journal, 7/18/03)

Agency Partners USA, a title services company in Rochester, has purchased a controlling interest in LandAmerica’s Rochester operation and doubled its employment to 25 workers. The company expects to add another 25 workers within 12 months. (Democrat & Chronicle, 7/17/03)

Optical Storage Media, Rochester, is purchasing Eastman Kodak’s optical storage business and plans to add 100 jobs. The company will manufacture media storage products such as CDs and DVDs. (Democrat & Chronicle, 6/26/03)

PakHound Parcel Logistics, a transportation services provider in Batavia (Genesee County) with a retention rate of nearly 100 percent, has created 15 new jobs over the past year, bringing total employment to 24. PakHound Parcel Logistics provides parcel logistics services to high-volume UPS, FedEx and Airborne shippers. Formed as a refund-tracking business in 1999, new service offerings include additional audit services, a detailed zone analysis of a client’s shipping practices, and a least-cost routing analysis that allows for the identification of savings opportunities. (The Daily News, 6/23/03)

DuroShed Inc., Batavia (Genesee County), is expanding its manufacturing facility and has added several jobs, due to funds approved by the Genesee County IDA. (The Daily News, 6/21/03)

C.H. Wright Distributing Corp., Batavia (Genesee County), is upgrading equipment and has added about 18 jobs, due to funds approved by the Genesee County IDA. (The Daily News, 6/21/03)

Parlec Inc., Perinton (Monroe County), has acquired a tool-making manufacturer based in England. Parlec, which engineers and manufactures accessories for metal-cutting machines, has added 15 employees and plans to add 15 more with the acquisition. (Democrat & Chronicle, 6/18/03)

UPDATE: A $2.8 million federal grant is expected to transform the Geneva (Ontario County) area into an agricultural and biotechnology center that will spawn 600 new high-tech jobs in food science research. Work will start next spring on the infrastructure for the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park. The park will serve as a research incubator for private companies that will work with Cornell scientists to develop new agricultural, food and biotechnology products as well as new corporations to market them. The center will also engage in development of food products engineered to be safe from potential tampering and bioterrorism. (Democrat & Chronicle, 6/14/03)

Widmer Wine Cellars, Naples (Ontario County), will expand and expects to add nearly three dozen production jobs in its transition of production from Batavia Wine Cellars, as part of a consolidation by Canandaigua Wine Co., which owns and operates Widmer’s. (Daily Messenger, 6/10/03)

Kerl Inc., Batavia (Genesee County), plans to create at least 40 new jobs. Kerl Inc. will manufacture the Kerl Klip, which is intended to solve the problem of back strain from the use of backpacks. (The Daily News, 6/9/03)

Boss Precision Ltd. of Spencerport (Monroe County) received a $4,000 grant from Monroe County’s Great Rebate program. The grant will help the sheet metal parts manufacturer buy machinery and create six jobs. (Democrat & Chronicle, 6/5/03)

422 Inc. (Monroe County) has chosen Rochester as its technology development site. This Florida-based firm intends to create a directory service to provide the phone number of cellular telephone subscribers. They plan to hire 60 employees by the end of the year. (Rochester Business Journal, 5/30/03)

Recovery Technologies Group, the leading tire recycler in North America, will expand a facility at the former Seneca Army Depot in Romulus (Seneca County). RTG will also establish recycling centers in Albany and Rotterdam (Schenectady County). The three centers will employ about 200 workers. (Democrat & Chronicle, 5/28/03)

Ultralife Batteries Inc., Newark (Wayne County), has won a $19 million Army contract for batteries. Days earlier, the company also won a multi-million deal to produce a private-label battery. The 500-employee company could add 50 to 100 workers by the end of the year. (Democrat & Chronicle, 5/22/03)

LeChase Construction (Monroe County) has been chosen by the Rochester Rhinos to build PaeTec Park, a soccer stadium. Ground is expected to be broken on the 17,500-seat facility in August and be completed by June 15, 2004. The project will add about 200 jobs to the area. (Democrat & Chronicle, 5/8/03)

Concentrix Corp., a marketing services company, will more than double its operation with 331 new jobs over the next three years at its facility in Pittsford (Monroe County). Concentrix has already added about 50 jobs this year and will add another 75 jobs by year’s end. (Democrat & Chronicle, 5/8/03)

The Infotonics Technology Center Inc., Canandaigua (Ontario County), which was created last summer with an eye toward turning research discoveries into products and high-paying new jobs, currently has about 10 employees and is expected to grow to 40 by year’s end and 60 next year. (Democrat & Chronicle, 5/7/03)

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will add almost 100 new members to their 385-member jail staff to fill deputy openings created by a new 400-bed expansion to the downtown Rochester jail, which the county hopes to open by the end of June. (Democrat & Chronicle, 5/6/03)

Tractor Supply Company, a department store for rural and farm communities, plans to open a new store in Warsaw (Wyoming County). The store is projected to open in mid-August. Another Tractor Supply Company opened in April in Arcade (Wyoming County). (The Daily News, 4/23/03)

Blue Tie, a software developer in Henrietta (Monroe County), announced plans to expand its Rochester headquarters, hiring 12 employees by June and an additional 20 by the end of the year, mainly in sales and engineering. The company specializes in e-mail and collaboration software. The company now employs about 30 people in Rochester. (Democrat & Chronicle, 4/30/03)

Calvary Automation Systems, a Henrietta (Monroe County) designer and builder of robotic, assembly and test equipment for manufacturers, has expanded and is in the process of buying patents for high-end engineering technology, such as data tracking systems, and should quadruple its 20-employee business. (Democrat & Chronicle, 4/17/03)

Home Depot, a building supply and garden retailer, is seeking to construct a new store in Batavia (Genesee County). The new store will employ between 100 and 120 people, consisting of full- and part-time positions. The goal is to start construction in June and hopefully open the store this year. (The Daily News, 3/19/03)

Commodity Resources Corp., Caledonia (Livingston County), is building an $11.6 million feed and fertilizer storage and distribution facility. Commodity Resources Corp. began construction last September and expects the facility to be partially operational in May, and completed in August. The facility is expected to create 282 direct and indirect jobs. (Rochester Business Journal, 3/14/03)

Tops opened a new store in Albion (Orleans County). Tops employs 120 employees, including 35 full-time positions. (The Daily News, 3/12/03)

Thompson Health is planning a $35 million expansion to F.F. Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua (Ontario County). Thompson Health expects to break ground for the expansion project this spring, and wrap up construction by the fourth quarter of 2004. (Rochester Business Journal, 2/21/03)

Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park Inc., Geneva – a second state-backed Center for Excellence, is being considered for Ontario County. Construction is expected to start this year. The park, once fully developed, is expected to create 800 to 1,000 high-paying research jobs – many in biotechnology. (Rochester Business Journal, 2/21/03)

After cutting employment to 25 in 2002, Integrated Cabling & Communications Systems, of Gates (Monroe County), is hiring because of new national contracts to build computer and data networks. Employment is currently at 32. The company employed 50 in 2001. If business conditions remain stable, the company could hire another seven employees this year in positions such as sales and project coordination. (Democrat & Chronicle, 1/28/03)

Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, is expected to expand its operations into a new facility in Greece (Monroe County) in February. The expansion is expected to add more than 20 employees to the 1,200-person workforce. (Rochester Business Journal, 1/24/03)

M&T Bank Corp. plans to include its Rochester operations in a hiring spree expected to add more than 500 employees over an 18-month period. M&T last reported 381 employees in the Rochester area. The company plans to bolster its workforce in mortgage and investment securities, small business lending, retail banking, data processing, marketing and human resources. M&T will not determine precise hiring plans until summer. (Rochester Business Journal, 1/17/03)

Precision Packaging Products, Holley (Orleans County), is considering adding on to its facility. Precision uses recycled plastic from soda containers to make plastic products for the food industry, as well as Kodak, Bausch and Lomb. Precision also makes the plastic on blades for Schick razors and makes containers for batteries, gas grills and medical supplies. The company also works with Wegmans, making the clear-colored hinge containers for bakery items and other foods. The company currently employs 48 people. (The Daily News, 1/13/03)

Klein Steel Service Inc. will nearly triple the size of its Rochester. Klein Steel will add to its plant in three phases over at least three years. Over time, Klein also hopes to add 170 jobs to its 95-person workforce. (Democrat & Chronicle, 1/18/03)

Global Crossing Ltd. (Monroe County) is cautiously hiring back small numbers of workers, as the telecommunications company moves forward from bankruptcy and tries to grow again. Global could hire 18 to 32 workers locally in the next few months and see a similar hiring wave in the fall if sales grow as planned. (Democrat & Chronicle, 1/16/03)

Business Contractions

Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, will cut about 85 people at its research headquarters and manufacturing operations in Greece (Monroe County). An additional 50 people have accepted an enhanced early retirement offer. Those positions will not be filled. The job reductions total more than 10 percent of the Rochester-area workforce. Ortho-Clinical is a leading manufacturer of hospital and physician laboratory equipment that detects and diagnoses disease, as well as systems that test blood for safety and use in transfusions. (Democrat & Chronicle, 12/17/03)

Xerox Corp. will lay off 200 workers in Monroe County, as it continues to reduce costs and streamline operations. The cuts are across the board and include engineering, administration, clerical program support and other jobs. (Democrat & Chronicle, 12/4/03)

P&C, Canandaigua (Ontario County), plans to close its supermarket by mid-December as it seeks to recover from its second bankruptcy reorganization. The Canandaigua store employs 46 people, with 14 working full-time and 32 part-time. (Daily Messenger, 10/31/03)

The Archway-Parmalat factory in Perry (Wyoming County), is eliminating 102 jobs, or about half of its workforce. Parmalat is shifting production of its Archway Cookies brand to a factory in Ohio in an effort to boost productivity. The workers will be laid off in December, leaving 106 employees. (Democrat & Chronicle, 10/23/03; Oneida Dispatch, 10/22/03)

Unisys Corp., Farmington (Ontario County), has laid off 25 people as the company consolidates help-desk services for its clients. Unisys employs about 225 people. (Daily Messenger, 9/3/03)

Empire Brewing Co., Rochester, abruptly shut down due to financial problems. The brewpub employed 45 people. (Democrat & Chronicle, 9/3/03)

Ithaca Classics Doubles, a local manufacturer of custom-made double-barreled shotguns in Victor (Ontario County), has filed for bankruptcy. Ithaca Classics Doubles ceased operations in May, leaving 15 employees without jobs. (Daily Messenger, 8/15/03)

The Department of Veterans Affairs announced a proposal to close the Canandaigua (Ontario County) VA hospital. The Canandaigua hospital currently cares for about 200 inpatients and thousands of veterans on an outpatient basis. The 70-year old hospital employs about 800 people. A decision on the proposed closing is expected by the end of the year. (The Buffalo News, 8/5/03)

Eastman Kodak Co. announced plans to close local production lines that put 35mm consumer film into the company’s signature yellow boxes. Most of the work will move to a factory in Mexico, with the rest going to the company’s newest plant in China. The move is part of a broad cost-cutting initiative to cope with declines in film sales brought on by the increasing popularity of digital photography. An estimated 800 to 900 people will lose their jobs. (Democrat & Chronicle, 8/1/03)

The Transportation Security Administration is reducing the number of passenger and baggage screeners employed at the Greater Rochester International Airport (Monroe County). A spokesperson said that “a couple of dozen” workers had been cut through attrition and layoffs. The TSA expects the local workforce to be 133 after the cuts, which should be completed by September 30. (Democrat & Chronicle, 8/1/03)

HMS Host–Travel Plaza’s will shut down its Victor (Ontario County) facility on September 3 for approximately three weeks, affecting 50 employees, and will shut down its Henrietta (Monroe County) facility on October 15 for approximately three weeks, affecting 65 employees, due to construction. (Geneva Local Office, 7/24/03)

Eastman Kodak Co. (Monroe County) will cut up to 6,000 jobs in the next 12 months – up to 3,000 jobs locally – due to the company’s shift from film to digital technologies. Rochester is home to a large portion of Kodak’s corporate administration, one of the areas targeted by the company. (Democrat & Chronicle, 7/24/03)

UPDATE: Eastman Kodak Co. shut down its Lee Road (Monroe County) single-use camera factory, costing about 260 people their jobs. Another 200 or so of the plant’s 500 employees found jobs elsewhere in Kodak, while 40 took early retirement. Kodak is moving most of its single-use camera operations to China and Mexico. (Democrat & Chronicle, 6/27/03)

St. Ann’s Community, which operates two nursing homes and a retirement community in Rochester, has laid off ten workers, mainly management and clerical employees. Decreasing reimbursements from governmental insurers prompted the layoffs. (Democrat & Chronicle, 7/16/03)

Lapp Insulator, Leroy, once Genesee County’s largest employer, is laying off 20 percent of its workforce. The company would not say how many people are being laid off. Lapp employed about 225 people a year ago. The poor economy and a downturn in market demand for high-voltage ceramic insulators led to the decision. (The Daily News, 7/10/03)

Frontier Corp. has laid off about 13 employees from its information technology department in Rochester. Officials of Frontier, which manages the bulk of the local telephone system in the Rochester area, said the cuts were part of the company’s further integration into its parent company, Citizens Communications Co. (Democrat & Chronicle, 7/1/03)

Rochester Gas and Electric Corp. notified its staff that 52 workers will be eligible for enhanced severance because of Energy East Corp.’s decision to relocate the accounting, finance and treasury functions of its operating companies to Maine. The last day of work for employees who accept the severance package will be March 31, 2004. (Democrat & Chronicle, 6/25/03)

Victor Insulators Inc. (Ontario County) has laid off about 170 workers due to Japanese competition and a cutback in the demand for insulators for utilities capital projects. (Daily Messenger, 6/17/03)

EXFO Burleigh Products Groups, Victor (Ontario County), will lay off a total of 25 people by August 29, 2003. Twelve employees were laid off June 9th and the remainder are targeted for August 1st and August 29th. (Newark Local Office, 6/11/03)

Diaz Chemical Corp., Holley (Orleans County), has shut down its operations. Unless lawsuits are settled or money to pay for required safety equipment is found, it could close permanently. Five to ten employees are currently employed at Diaz. (Democrat & Chronicle, 5/21/03)

Xerox Corp. (Monroe County) has announced fewer than 260 jobs within the North American Solutions Group will be targeted for layoffs. The layoffs are planned for the second quarter of this year. The cuts would not include employees such as direct sales representatives, certain specialists or service technicians. That leaves employees in roles such as administration, operations and human resources. (Democrat & Chronicle, 5/2/03)

US Foodservice, Inc., a wholesale grocery distributor in Monroe County, will close 6/30/03. A total of 63 employees will be affected. (Rapid Response Notice, 4/9/03)

CPI Business Groups, Inc., a manufacturer of single-use cameras in Monroe County, will close on or after 12/1/03. A total of 174 employees will be affected. (Rapid Response Notice, 4/7/03)

Valeo Electrical Systems Inc. (Monroe County) is cutting 22 skilled trades and six production workers by June 1. The cuts are due to the plant losing its door lock business under a planned Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. (Democrat & Chronicle, 4/3/03)

Howard’s Express Inc., Geneva (Ontario County), has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Howard’s plans to have a reorganization plan in place by the end of the year. The company employs 129 union drivers and mechanics, represented by the Teamsters Union. The company also has 76 managerial, sales and administrative personnel. (Finger Lakes Times, 4/2/03)

Verizon Wireless will cut about 126 jobs, or 17 percent, of its Rochester-area workforce, because of its consolidation of call centers. The 126 positions will be moved to sites in Rockland County, Massachusetts and New Jersey. (Democrat and Chronicle, 3/19/03)

Batavia Wine Cellars (Genesee County) will shut its doors by August 1, 2003. Sixty-two employees will lose their jobs between June 1 and August 1. Eleven workers in sales and marketing will be transferred to its parent firm, Canandaigua Wine (Ontario County). (The Daily News, 3/14/03)

UPDATE: Foster Wheeler Ltd., Dansville (Livingston County) will close by June 1. February 28 was the last day of work for union employees. About 15 employees will remain at the plant until June. (Democrat & Chronicle, 2/28/03)

UPDATE: Wyeth-Lederle Vaccines & Pediatrics’ facility in Henrietta (Monroe County) will cease operations April 2004, affecting 60 jobs. The company has also notified workers at another facility in Henrietta that it will close July 31. Closing both facilities will mean a loss of 230 jobs locally. As part of its consolidation plans, Wyeth-Lederle expects to move key employees to other locations outside of the Rochester area. (Rochester Business Journal, 2/14/03)

Graham Corp., a Batavia (Genesee County) designer and manufacturer of heat transfer equipment, has laid off 21 workers, or about 7 percent of its workforce. Affected were office and plant administrative staffs. No manufacturing jobs were cut. (Democrat & Chronicle, 2/6/03; The Daily News, 2/6/03)

UPDATE: Rochester Gas and Electric Corp. is cutting 225 positions. RG&E employs about 2,000 people. Nearly 200 workers were offered voluntary early retirement in October 2002, but the utility has not disclosed how many accepted. The last scheduled day for affected workers is April 30. (Democrat & Chronicle, 1/18/03)

Excellus Inc., parent company of BlueCross BlueShield of the Rochester Area, has offered early retirement to about 125 people. About 50 people have taken the offer so far. The retirements will take effect in February. (Democrat & Chronicle, 1/17/03)

Kmart Corp. will close stores in Henrietta (Monroe County) and Geneva (Ontario County) as a way to cut costs and emerge from bankruptcy this spring. About 90 employees at each location will be affected. (Democrat & Chronicle, 1/15/03)

Heidelberg Digital, Gates (Monroe County), will cut up to 150 positions across all departments, with the largest portion coming from research and development labs. The company plans to reduce employment by offering voluntary severance payments, eliminating most contractor positions, laying off workers and transferring others. Heidelberg develops and produces high-speed copiers and printers. (Democrat & Chronicle, 1/7/03)


UPDATE: About 130 union workers at Howard’s Express Inc., Geneva (Ontario County), began a strike on May 29th after their contract was rejected in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The trucking company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on March 31st. Howard’s area workers are represented by Teamsters Local 118. The company will rely on management employees, workers who have crossed the picket lines and other trucking companies to drive the trucks during the strike. (Democrat & Chronicle, 5/31/03; Finger Lakes Times, 5/30/03)

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