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Western New York, September 2008

Business Expansions

New this Month

Lancaster’s (Erie County) town board approved site plans for two growing businesses that will add about 55 jobs. Casey Machine Co., a contract manufacturer of precision turned and milled components for several industries, will double the size of its existing facility and add 25-30 jobs to its current workforce of about 100. Upstate Rebar will develop a 30,000-square-foot light industrial manufacturing facility and is expected to employ about 25 people.

Buffalo Recycling Enterprise, a local waste disposal firm, and a Michigan –based recycling company, want to develop a $15 million, state-of-the-art “single stream” recycling facility in South Buffalo (Erie County). The cutting edge recycling facility’s conveyor system would sort out all paper, plastic, glass and metal when it got to the facility, making recycling for communities easier, and reducing the amount of materials going to landfills. The company is waiting for approvals from the city and state Department of Environmental Conservation to build an addition to the existing waste handling facility. As many as 45 new jobs would be created.

Aldi deep discount supermarket plans to build two new stores in the region. Both stores, one in Springville and one in Lancaster (Erie County), are expected to open next year.

A new call center that could employ 100 people by the end of the year and 50 more by its second year applied for a tax break from the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency on September 10. NuComm International U.S., a St. Catharines, Ont.-based company, plans to lease a 6,000-square-foot space in Wheatfield.

Hurricanes Gustav and Ike have put the Small Business Administration’s Buffalo-based (Erie County) national disaster assistance center in the eye of the storm. The center fields low-interest loan applications from homeowners, businesses, nonprofit groups and renters from across the country hit by various disasters. The center currently has 130 employees, and is looking to hire 50 more temporary employees as soon as possible.

Russell’s Steaks, Chops and More restaurant and Grand Hotel will be opening in Lancaster (Erie County) in mid-November. The upscale steak and seafood restaurant, attached to the four-story Hotel will employ about 50 when it opens.

After more than a year of waiting, the construction of the much talked about Wal-Mart Supercenter in the Town of Hamburg (Erie County) is set to begin. The new store will replace the current Wal-Mart located a few miles away. No set date for the opening of the store has been announced, but officials are targeting a September 2009 grand opening.

Multisorb Technologies, maker of packets that protect products, is close to wrapping up a $2.5 million expansion project of its manufacturing operations in Cheektowaga (Erie County) that is expected to add 75 jobs to the region. Multisorb already has created 38 of the jobs it pledged to add as part of the expansion project, which it first revealed two years ago. The project will also retain 352 existing jobs at the company’s plants.

Business Contractions

New this Month

Delphi Corp. over the next six months is placing about 100 skilled trades’ workers at its Town of Lockport (Niagara County) plant on indefinite layoff. The layoffs are due to a combination of lower customer volumes and reflect in part the changes that General Motors has made in its vehicle assembly totals. Some of the layoffs have already occurred and will continue through the end of the year. No date has been set for the workers to be called back to their jobs.

The last Western New York area Krispy Kreme doughnuts store has closed. The Cheektowaga (Erie County) store also supplied the brand name doughnuts to area convenience stores, Tops Supermarkets, and other food retailers. Approximately two dozen employees are affected by the closing.

Seven Western New York area Pizza Hut restaurants closed their doors on September 24th. Hospitality West LLC, the operator of the chain cited poor financial pro formas and performances. Each restaurant employed 15 to 20 people.

Buffalo Niagara could lose as many as 160 government jobs if Congress goes through with a plan to outsource the processing of educational benefits for veterans. Under a new educational law for veterans, there is a provision that requires that the claims be handled by non-government workers, starting in August 2009. The Buffalo VA processing center has about 300 employees, including workers who handle claims for disability compensation and pensions.

Labor Disputes

New this Month

Members of CSEA unit 620 ratified an agreement with the City of Olean (Cattaraugus County). The workers will receive no raise in the first year of the contract which began May 31. The members will also be paying some of their own health care costs.

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