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Western New York, September 2004

Business Expansions

New this Month

The Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca (Cattaraugus County) will add another 100 employees to its payroll, between its revamped bingo hall and poker room, bringing employment to about 1,100. The casino opened on May 1.

Geico Direct (Erie County) cleared another hurdle in its effort to open a northeast operations center in Amherst. The Amherst Industrial Development Agency's directors, approved an incentive package that's part of an overall public sector initiative designed to entice the insurance company to build the center in Amherst. The IDA approval was needed to trigger a series of Empire Zone benefits for Geico.

Aldi Food Stores, (Erie County) which operates limited-assortment grocery stores, has bought the site of the former Super Saver Cinemas in Buffalo. The company has more than a dozen stores in Western New York, and has plans to add six to eight stores in the region over the next two or three years.

The Small Business Administration (Niagara County) is looking to hire 50 to 100 people to work at its Niagara Falls Disaster Assistance office.

Business Contractions

New this Month

The Buffalo Board of Education (Erie County) adopted a budget that eliminates 268 positions, but only 25 employees will actually lose their jobs. The bulk of the cuts will be accomplished by attrition.

OneBeacon Insurance Group (Erie County) will sell part of its commercial insurance business in New York to Tower Insurance Co of New York, leaving some of its local employees without a job. Tower has begun interviewing some employees and planned to make offers shortly, however the numbers that are hired would depend on the need. All other employees would be laid off, receiving severance and outplacement assistance. The company employs about 285 in Western New York.

Labor Disputes

New this Month

Lengthy negotiations aimed at preserving thousands of jobs at Delphi Thermal & Interior (Niagara County) in Lockport are nearing a successful end. The centerpiece of the talks is the future of the plant and a guarantee of job security according to the UAW Local 686. The local agreement, which would be presented to union members for approval, would not create jobs but would preserve the existing 4,100 jobs at the plant.

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