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Western New York, February 2006

Business Expansions

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Buffalo School (Erie County) officials are focusing on five elementary schools and three high schools for reconstruction under Phase 3 of its billion-dollar schools improvement program. The recommendations included closing School 71 next fall and closing School 40 and School 63 a year later.

Standard Auto Wreckers, a Canadian distributor of used auto parts is moving forward on plans for a Niagara Falls (Niagara County) location. The company plans to create 75 jobs at a former warehouse in the Niagara Falls Empire Zone.

The Erie County Industrial Development Agency approved tax breaks for four projects that will total about 190 new jobs. Vancour Refractories, a Town of Tonawanda company that makes cast blocks used to refurbish coke ovens, plans to add about 40 jobs and move into the old New York Wire Mills plant in the Town of Tonawanda. (Erie County). Allied Interstate will move its call center from Amherst to Cheektowaga (Erie County) and add 150 jobs over the next two years.

Dunkin’ Donuts will open at least 40 franchised outlets in Erie County and will be acquiring a former Stroehmann’s Bakery plant in Cheektowaga to serve as its manufacturing and distribution hub and administrative offices. The entire project tops $4.37 million and will create 40 jobs at the operations hub and several hundred at its retail outlets.

The Seneca Nation has purchased all of the land necessary to build its Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino (Erie County). The casino is expected to create millions of dollars in investment and thousands of new jobs for Buffalo’s economy.

Best Buy, the nation’s No. 1 electronics chain will take up residence in the Walden Galleria mall in Cheektowaga (Erie County). The $2 million, 50,000-square-foot store is expected to open later this year.

Business Contractions

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Erie County lawmakers agreed to share with cities, towns and villages another $12.5 million in sales tax income next year. Erie County officials must now close a $52.5 million dollar gap this year to avoid a property tax increase in 2007.

Fifty teachers and nine other district employees will be laid off July 1 under the proposed Niagara Falls School District (Niagara County) budget for the 2006-07 school year. More layoffs could follow if the state fails to increase school aid to the district by $3.5 million next year.

Labor Disputes

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