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Western New York, April 2002

Business Expansions

New this Month

Krispy Kreme is planning to open a regional bakery in an abandoned supermarket in Lackawanna. (Erie County) The 18,000 square-foot site will produce between 6,000 and 12,000 doughnuts an hour, and a fleet of dozens of trucks will deliver the treats to all corners of Western New York. About 100 people will be hired at the bakery.

UPDATE: Casinos (Erie & Niagara Counties) The Seneca Nation of Indians is about to vote on a casino deal with New York State. The tribal council scheduled a May 14th referendum on the nation’s Cattaraugus and Allegany reservations, after approving terms of the pact following months of negotiations. If approved by the nation and later by the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, a temporary casino could open by late summer in the Niagara Falls Convention and Civic Center. A second temporary gambling parlor in downtown Buffalo would open later.

Business Contractions

New this Month

TeleTech Holdings announced the layoff of 68 full-time employees at its Niagara Falls (Niagara County) call center. TeleTech will have about 400 employees left after the latest layoffs take effect.

Three City of Buffalo Fire Companies (Erie County) will likely be closed this summer in a move that would save the city $3.6 million. The action would eliminate 63 existing vacancies but would not require layoffs.

The West Valley Demonstration Project (Erie County) will lay of 66 employees by the end of September. The company president stated that the job cuts are a function of the project’s shift in emphasis from vitrification to decontamination and decommission.

Labor Disputes

New this Month

UPDATE: Operating Engineers Local 17 union members are back on the job after a one-week strike. The walkout affected about 500 workers represented by the union. Local 17 members and the Associated General Contractors Labor Relations Board have reached a tentative agreement.

UPDATE: New Era Cap Co. (Erie County) has agreed to meet with a labor watchdog group whose critical report of the apparel company is hurting its business with some universities. Some colleges that recognize the group, whose report stated that New Era lacked adequate health and safety standards, has already dropped licensing agreements for production of its insignia caps.


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