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Western New York, October 2006

Business Expansions

New this Month

JcPenney, opened a new store in the Olean Center Mall (Cattaraugus County) on October 1. The nearly 90,000-square-foot store will employ 130 full and part-time workers.

Wal-Mart in Allegany (Cattaraugus County) has gotten the go-ahead for a 75,000-square-foot expansion from the Allegany Town Planning Board. Construction for the project will begin in early 2007. The new 205,000-square-foot Supercenter is expected to add 150 to 200 extra jobs to the existing 285 workers at the Wal-Mart.

The third Best Buy in the Buffalo-Niagara region will open in Hamburg (Erie County) on Friday, October 27th. The store will employ about 100 people.

Synacor, a Buffalo (Erie County) based tech company that builds and runs home pages for high-speed Internet service, announced it has attracted $17 million in capital to expand its Internet service business, a move that will add as many as 100 jobs next year. Currently the company employs 115 people.

An agreement with the Seneca Nation of Indians and the city of Buffalo has been reached on the sale of a two-block section of Fulton Street, which runs through the middle of the nine-acre Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino(Erie County) site. Seneca Gaming Corp. will pay the city $631,000 for Fulton Street. The casino is expected to create about 1,000 permanent jobs, with 50 percent of the jobs to be filled by city residents. The deal was approved by the Buffalo Common Council on Tuesday- October 31st by a vote of 6-3. The agreement still must be approved by the Seneca Tribal Council.

Business Contractions

New this Month

Visteon completed the manufacturing shutdown at its radiator plant in West Seneca (Erie County) at the end of September. The auto-parts maker is consolidating production at a lower-cost plant in Mexico. While the company is retaining about 70 engineering and customer service positions here, about 100 production jobs have been lost.

American Axle & Manufacturing is offering buyouts of up to $100,000 to trim an expensive overhang of idle workers, the company announced Wednesday, October 4. The buyout negotiated with the United Auto Workers is open to 6,000 U.S. production workers, including about 1,750 at three plants in Western New York-in Buffalo, Cheektowaga and the Town of Tonawanda (Erie County).

Ford Motor Co. will begin offering its previously-disclosed buyout or early retirement packages to all 75,000 of its U.S. hourly employees starting next week. The United Auto Workers represented employees will have from Monday, October 16th until November 27th to choose one of the eight offers or stay with the automaker. At Ford’s Buffalo Stamping Plant in Woodlawn (Erie County), all 1,340 production workers are eligible for one of the programs and about 350 workers are eligible to retire with full benefits plus a buyout bonus.

Hartmarx Corp. is ending production of Kenneth Cole menswear, the mainstay of the Buffalo (Erie County) plant. About 120 garment workers will lose their jobs as production winds down sometime in December. In a previously announced move, material-cutting operation will cease at the end of November leaving 90 production workers out of jobs.

Labor Disputes

New this Month

More than 12,000 Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. employees- including 1,200 at the Dunlop Tire Plant in the Town of Tonawanda (Erie County)-have gone on strike after the company and the United Steelworkers of America failed to agree on a new contract. The old three-year contract expired on July 22.

On Monday October 23, an arbitrator ordered the Buffalo Public Schools (Erie County) system to reinstate four health insurance plans for its teachers and rehire-with back pay and interest- as many as 66 teachers laid off last year in a high-stakes insurance dispute. The decision set a January 1 deadline for the district to reinstate the four carrier plan or reach a different agreement with the Buffalo Teachers Federation.

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