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Western New York, January 2007

Business Expansions

New this Month
Ford Stamping Plant in Hamburg (Erie County) has hired 90 temporary workers to replace some of the 420 production workers who have opted to take the severance and retirement packages offered by Ford. Ford expects to replace the temps in Hamburg with transfers from other plants that face shutdown, however if enough transfers don’t make the switch, some of the local temps may wind up in long-term jobs.

A newly formed Buffalo (Erie County) company has acquired the assets of at struggling local commercial printer and communications business. Chakra Communications closed the deal to buy Digicon’s Creative Printing on December 28th and has hired about 70 new employees, about 50 of them in Buffalo.

HSBC North America Holdings has selected a farm field in the Town of Cambria (Niagara County) for its proposed new $139 million data center. The planned 275,000-square-foot center will be one of four technology hubs for HSBC Holdings Plc’s fast-growing North American businesses. HSBC expects to create 56 permanent jobs at the sit, along with about 125 indirect and support jobs. The project would also require about 350 construction jobs over two years.

Business Contractions

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Pfeiffer Foods Inc., a Niagara County salad dressing maker, is laying off up to 56 workers over the next few months as work is shifted to plants elsewhere in the country. The exact number and date of the layoffs is still unknown, but said they are expected to occur by March.

The Quality Markets Office and Distribution Center in Celeron (Chautauqua County) will be closing its doors. Approximately 50 people will lose their jobs when the facility closes.

Labor Disputes

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Nothing to report.

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