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Western New York, August 2004

Business Expansions

New this Month

Big Lots (Erie County) has opened a new store in Hamburg. This is the 10th store in Erie and Niagara counties.

Kohl's Corp. (Erie County) has purchased land in the Town of Lancaster where it plans to open the first of three stores in the Buffalo area. Construction is expected to begin shortly and two others should open in early 2005.

Intertech Digital Entertainment (Niagara County) in Lockport, installer of satellite TV equipment for Dish Networks, expects to add a total of 60 jobs this year, having added more than 30 so far. The company is filling jobs in installation, sales, customer service and appointment setting. Intertech has 120 employees.

Empire Zone (Erie County) Mayor Anthony Masiello approved a plan on August 3 to ask the state to revise the boundaries of Buffalo's two Empire Zones, enabling dozens of expanding businesses to obtain incentives. The revisions would make 33 companies eligible to obtain tax breaks, utility discounts and other incentives. The businesses project that they will create 565 direct or indirect jobs over three years. The Common Council approved the application to revise the boundaries earlier this summer. State officials are expected to make a decision on the request in about two months.

Dresser-Rand Co. (Cattaraugus County) in Olean is being sold to First Reserve Corp., a Connecticut buyout firm, completing its parent company's previously announced plan to sell the maker of compressors and steam turbines. Dresser-Rand is the largest manufacturer in Cattaraugus County, with about 1,200 workers. Moog Inc. (Erie County) has won a contract worth about $50 million to make flight controls for the new military air transport plan being developed by Airbus.

Business Contractions

New this Month

Dinaire Furniture (Erie County), maker of casual wooden dining furniture in the Buffalo area, is moving what is left of its local manufacturing and distribution to Ontario. Dinaire will keep its headquarters in Western New York, with about 10 sales and marketing employees. About eight production workers are left at its Cheektowaga plant, as it winds down. Dinaire started outsourcing production over two years ago.

Wilson Greatbatch Technologies (Erie County) is cutting about 100 employees among its 800-person work force at its plants in Clarence and Cheektowaga. The company also has started construction on a plant in Mexico, which should be ready by the end of the year.

Erie County Legislatures agreed to lay off 73 workers, as requested by County Executive Joel Giambra's administration. The layoffs, consisting of accountants, clerks, typists, and stenographers, are expected to take effect September 3, or whenever specified by labor contracts, and should save about $900,000.

Interstate Bakeries (Erie County) Workers at the Wonder Bread and Hostess factory were told that the plant would close October 23 eliminating 150 jobs. After the plant closes, some sales employees will remain on site for an unspecified amount of time.

Labor Disputes

New this Month

UPDATE: Curtis Screw (Erie County) workers ratified a new labor contract on August 1, ending more than two months of contract extensions and negotiations.

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