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Western New York, March 2008

Business Expansions

New this Month

Calspan Corp. has agreed to buy Flight Systems, a California-based division of BAE Systems, in a deal expected to greatly increase the company’s business, quadruple revenues and add jobs to the area. Calspan has operations in Cheektowaga (Erie County) and Niagara Falls (Niagara County). The acquisition of the company increases Calspan’s capabilities in three areas: full scale aircraft targets, aircraft modification and commercial air services. Companywide, the deal will raise Calspan’s employment to about 425 from its current 241, including new local jobs and Flight System’s 170 employees.

The Erie County Industrial Agency approved an $815,000 grant for a $3 million project to build a new factory for Buffalo Filter. The grant will fund the construction of 1,925 feet of road and utility work through the industrial park Amherst (Erie County). The project is expected to create 50 new jobs.

H.C. Brill in the town of Lancaster (Erie County), which had been targeted for shutdown in the fourth quarter of this year, will not close after all. The plant, which makes icings, fillings, and other bakery ingredients, will remain open, preserving 95 jobs, with help from the Lancaster Industrial Development Agency. The company is also expected to add 25 jobs and intends to carry out a plant expansion that could lead to an additional 20 or 30 jobs.

Tops Markets LLC has formally agreed to double its workforce in Amherst (Erie County). With assistance from the state, Tops will be shifting administrative jobs from Pennsylvania. Tops expects to add about 140 jobs, giving it 285 workers in its headquarters.

Two dozen workers at the GM Tonawanda (Erie County) plant have been recalled, although the strike at American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. that forced the temporary layoff shows no sign of ending soon. Originally, the layoffs were to last one week, but because of the strike’s continued impact on the plant that Tonawanda supplies with engines, the recall was pushed back one week. There are no indications that further layoffs may be needed according to a plant spokesperson. The engine plant has about 1,520 hourly workers.

Business Contractions

New this Month

About 190 workers at Delphi Thermal Corp. in Lockport (Niagara County) will be on temporary layoff starting this week (March 3rd), as a result of the American Axle & Manufacturing strike that began on February 26th.

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Buffalo (Erie County) branch will close at the end of October. The closing will eliminate six of the nine jobs that remain at the already downsized branch, leaving a pair of economists and a research assistant in Buffalo to continue the economic research and outreach programs that have been one of the branch’s main focuses in recent years.

The strike at American Axle & Manufacturing has reached multiple General Motors Corp. plants, including the GM Tonawanda (Erie County) Engine facility. Beginning Monday, March 10th, 24 workers on the plant’s second shift will be laid off for one week. The local plant has 1,800 employees, including 1,520 hourly workers.

Eighty-one hourly workers at Ford Motor Co.’s stamping plant in Hamburg (Erie County) signed up for one of the automaker’s buyout offers. The stamping plant has just over 1,000 workers.

Labor Disputes

New this Month

American Axle & Manufacturing has sent letters to several hundred laid-off workers informing them to return to work. The workers were laid off before a strike put on the picket line about 500 local members of the United Auto Workers at plants in the Town of Tonawanda and Cheektowaga (Erie County). The workers sent the letters will be placed in the position of having to cross a picket line. If they don’t they would be considered on strike and lose their unemployment compensation.

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