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Western New York, December 2003

Business Expansions

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Geico Direct announced on December 23 that it would open a regional service center in Amherst (Erie County), resulting in at least 2,500 jobs and an investment of nearly $40 million. The company plans to open temporary offices creating about 300 jobs early next year.

Tyson Foods will close its 170-job plant in Maine, shifting the production of hot dogs to Buffalo (Erie County) next year. Hiring will begin next spring for an undetermined number of jobs.

Noco Energy Corp. in the Town of Tonawanda (Erie County) has received $1 million from the State to help with a $3.5 million expansion of its rail terminal enabling it to retain 100 jobs.

UPDATE: A bankruptcy court has approved the sale of Republic Engineered Products LLC in Hamburg (Erie County), preserving 350 manufacturing jobs.

Speed Transportation and Johnson Matthey Testing have created 140 jobs in Erie County testing engines for the General Motors plant. The GM engines are tested and certified by Johnson Matthey, then loaded by Speed Transportation for shipment to vehicle assembly plants.

UPDATE: Seneca Niagara Casino (Niagara County) The Seneca Nation plans to break ground in April on a 26-story, $140 million hotel. The hotel is another step in the Seneca Nation's plans to build a world-class casino resort in Niagara Falls.

Business Contractions

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UPDATE: Buffalo China, the maker of ceramic tableware, plans to begin layoffs at its Buffalo (Erie County) plant on December 31. A complete shutdown is slated for early next year, ending about 380 jobs.

UPDATE: City of Buffalo The Common Council voted on December 9 to transfer three of the region's largest cultural institutions to Erie County, saving the city $700,000 in operating costs each year. Upon approval by the County Legislature, the county will take title to the Buffalo Zoo, Shea's Performing Arts Center and Kleinhans Music Hall, then leasing the facilities back to the existing management.

Adelphia Communications (Erie County) will preserve its call centers in Buffalo and Cheektowaga, as it closes teleservice offices elsewhere. The cable company has 985 workers in Western New York handling customer service and technical support for Adelphia's Powerlink high-speed Internet service.

Federal Reserve Bank has no plans to close its Buffalo (Erie County) operation despite the cut of at least 60 of its 130 jobs. The downsizing will leave the local operation largely devoted to developing regional economic information about upstate New York. The job cuts would probably not occur until late next year or possibly 2005.

Labor Disputes

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Nothing to report.

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