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Western New York, May 2002

Business Expansions

New this Month

Dresser-Rand’s (Allegheny & Cattaraugus Counties) three Southern Tier plants are making strides toward reaching capital investments and job-hiring goals that are tied to a state-funding package. Now at the midpoint of the three-year deadline to reach the company’s goals, the company’s world headquarters have been relocated from Houston to Olean and has created 192 jobs at the three locations.

UPDATE: Casinos The Seneca Nation of Indians embraced casino gambling, by approving the casinos by a vote of 1,077-976. Though the vote is crucial, several other steps still remain, in their bid to open casinos in downtown Buffalo (Erie County) and Niagara Falls (Niagara County).

Business Contractions

New this Month

DuPont plans to eliminate 172 jobs at its Niagara Falls (Niagara County) plant, as it halts local production of terathane, an ingredient used in spandex. The work will be shifted to plants in Texas and the Netherlands. The cuts will affect workers in a range of jobs, including engineers, operators and accountants.

Graphic Controls Corp. has cut 50 jobs at its Buffalo (Erie County) plant, citing the need to make the business run more efficiently. The reductions affected both professionals and manufacturing employees.

The City of Buffalo’s (Erie County) Common Council revised Mayor Anthony M. Madiello’s budget proposal, restoring millions to the police and fire departments. The new spending plan will eliminate 256 vacant jobs, close two fire companies for six months, and layoff 70 city employees-including 38 police officers. In addition, residential property taxes will be raised by 4.1%.

Lender’s Bagels of West Seneca (Erie County) will close on May 31, eliminated 207 jobs. Aurora Foods, which purchased Lender’s in 1999, decided to transfer all production to its remaining plant in Illinois. The company expects that by closing the West Seneca plant, they will boost the corporation’s profits by $8 million a year.

After two-years in bankruptcy, Carton-Craft Corp. is closing its doors. The Buffalo (Erie County) manufacturer of children’s books will shut its plant after it completes its final orders in June. The closing will eliminate close to 50 jobs.

Labor Disputes

New this Month

The doors to Laborers Local 91 office were padlocked while the laborer’s international union took steps to establish and “emergency trusteeship” at the Niagara Falls (Niagara County) local. The local was rocked by a series of criminal indictments. Fourteen officers and members of Local 91 were indicted, with most facing charges of racketeering and extortion.

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