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Western New York, October 2003

Business Expansions

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UPDATE: Buffalo Niagara Life Sciences Complex (Erie County) Construction has begun on the $150 million complex, which will employ about 550 scientists and support staff.

The Travel Team (Erie & Niagara Counties) acquired NFT Travel and will retain all 70 NFT Travel employees. The company plans to add another 75 in the next three years.

Clientlogic (Erie County) plans to hire 300 to 350 workers for its Buffalo call center over the next two months. The new hires will bring Clientlogic's employment to about 1,000.

Buffalo Raceway in Hamburg (Erie County) is preparing to install nearly 1,000 video lottery terminals by mid-February 2004, sparking the creation of up to 200 jobs.

Bank of America (Erie County) will acquire Fleet-Boston in May 2004. Fleet has a 600-job collections call center in West Seneca and Bank of America employs 800 at its mortgage-servicing center in Amherst. Bank of America stated no decisions have been made on the future of these two facilities.

Business Contractions

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Sheehan Memorial Hospital (Erie County) Announced on October 3 that it would cease emergency and surgical operations on October 10. About 70 employees will be laid off.

Quality Markets (Erie County) plans to close two stores by the end of the year, eliminating 180 jobs. A closing date has not been set.

UPDATE: City of Buffalo (Erie County) The state control board accepted the city's revised fiscal plan on October 21. The first changes are due next month when 146 city employees will lose their jobs and two fire trucks will be taken out of service. The four-year plan calls for reducing the city's payroll by more than 620 and aim to close projected budget gaps by accelerating school closings, increasing class sizes and freezing employee wages. About 150 positions, mostly firefighters, would be eliminated through retirements and layoffs, including up to 21 layoffs as early as March 2004.

Delphi Harrison Thermal Systems (Niagara County) expects attrition to cut about 400 jobs over the next year at its plant in Lockport. About 4,300 people are employed at the Delphi Harrison's headquarters and factory.

The General Motors Powertrain plant in the Town of Tonawanda (Erie County) expects higher attrition following last month's contract settlement. About 60 workers at the 3,300-job site filed for retirement in September.

Labor Disputes

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Nothing to report.

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