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Western New York, November 2007

Business Expansions

New this Month

Expansion of Candlelight Cabinetry in Lockport (Niagara County) should begin next spring. The company, which now employs 230, could grow to 300 jobs over a three-year period.

The Buffalo Lakeside Commerce Park in South Buffalo (Erie County) will host its first office building, Phillips & Burns LLC, the commerce parks first purely officespace occupant. The company, now located downtown Buffalo, plans a $4 million, 30,000-square-foot office, with construction starting sometime next spring. The company plans to add about 100 jobs to its current 47 over three years.

Wilson Farms has selected Buffalo-based (Erie County) Tripifoods as its new wholesale distributor, a move that is expected to create 60 unionized jobs. The convenience store chain operates 198 locations under the Wilson Farms, Wilson Farms Xpress and Sugar Creek banners.

Business Contractions

New this Month

First Niagara Financial Group plans to close six branches of Greater Buffalo Savings Bank, keep 10 others, and consolidate three of its own offices with the new locations after it buys the smaller institution early next year. The number of layoffs is uncertain at this point. Greater Buffalo employs about 267 workers locally.

Seventy-five Bush Industries employees have been layed off by the Jamestown (Chautauqua County) furniture maker. The move, which comes just months after the closing of its Little Valley plant, was another part of the company’s consolidation plan.

Labor Disputes

New this Month

82 % of Workers at the Ford Motor Co. plant in Hamburg (Erie County) voted in favor on a proposed new contract. The agreement follows the outline of pacts at General Motors and Chrysler LLC. Those deals created a lower wage tier for new hires and shifted retiree health care costs to a trust fund. Approval of the contract capped the UAW’s contract process with the three Detroit-based autormakers and insures labor peace for the domestic auto industry, a major component of Western New York’s manufacturing base.

Members of the city of North Tonawanda’s (Niagara County) white collar union will receive a 2.5 percent raise for each of the next four years under a new four-year contract approved by the Common Council. Unit 7692 of Local 832, Civil Service Association represents more than 100 full time employees in the city of North Tonawanda.

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