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Western New York, September 2002

Business Expansions

New this Month

Invitrogen Gibco plans to build an addition to its Grand Island (Erie County) plant, creating 108 jobs during the next two years. An $8.7 million expansion for the biotechnology company was approved by the Erie County Industrial Development Agency. Gov. Pataki also announced that the company is eligible for a $400,000 grant from the Empire State Development Corp.

Mod-Pac (Erie County) will upgrade its plant and hire 190 employees during the next three years. The plant currently employs 170.

UPDATE: Casinos (Niagara County) The Seneca Nation began work to transform the Niagara Falls Convention Center into a gambling facility. They expect to sign the ownership transfer papers with the state for the Convention Center soon. 1,400 union workers from all trades and the Niagara Falls area will be employed on renovation to turn the Convention Center into a temporary casino. By New Year’s Eve, there will be 2,000 employees in the casino. The permanent casino will open in 36 months and provide more than 3,000 jobs. The gambling compact is awaiting federal approval.

Niagara Falls International Airport (Niagara County) A public-private partnership, fueled with a $22 million investment package, would start transforming Niagara Falls International Airport into an economic engine for the region, creating more than 1,000 jobs within five years at the dormant airport. The plan aims to take effect by January 1, 2003.

UPDATE: University at Buffalo’s Center for Excellence in Bioinformatics (Erie County) broke ground for the Life Science Complex on September 23. This complex will connect Roswell Park’s Center for Genetics and Pharmacology and the University at Buffalo’s Center for Excellence in Bioinformatics.

Business Contractions

New this Month

University at Buffalo (Erie County) 148 faculty and staff are taking advantage of an early retirement incentive offered by the State.

Consolidated Freightways Corp. (Erie County), the third largest trucking company in the United States and the employer of nearly 350 local workers, announced it plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and liquidate all its assets.

Labor Disputes

New this Month

Ad sales personnel at Verizon Yellow Pages (Erie County) have authorized a strike; however no strike deadline has been set. The company has about 90 workers at its sales office.

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