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Western New York, August 2013

Business Expansions

New this Month

The Erie County Industrial Development Agency approved incentives to OSC Manufacturing & Equipment Services for its $17.5 million project in the former American Axle Plant in Buffalo (Erie County). The company will produce a mini-excavator and other equipment at the site. The plant will employ more than 30 workers.

Calspan has received incentives from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency for its $10 million project that will see the company renovate its safety campus operations at its Genesee Street Corporate headquarters and also welcome Harper International as a new tenant in the complex. The deal allows Calspan to move ahead with its current expansion project, adding five new workers while its tenant Harper International adds 15 new workers with the expansion.

A pair of vacant Main Street buildings in Downtown Buffalo have been acquired by a local investor who wants to renovate them for students connected to Canisius College. The renovation work will begin this fall.

Niagara Jet Adventures LLC has proposed a new tourism attraction that would provide boat tours from the Water Street marina in Youngstown (Niagara County) up the Niagara Gorge to the Whirlpool rapids and back. The company is working with Old Fort Niagara on tours as well as local businesses to offer package deals. The project carries a $900,000 development price and will create 11 new full-time jobs.

Sterling Energy Group Inc., a Gary, Indiana based company, has purchased the idle Niagara Generation power plant in Niagara Falls (Niagara County) and will construct a storage facility/warehouse to help service the plant. The company is planning to invest $2 million and will create 18 new full-time jobs at the plant.

New York State health officials have given the OK for two projects in the Dunkirk (Chautauqua County) area that will allow the TLC Health Network to expand services. The first project is a $1.44 million renovation to create an 11,000-square-foot musculoskeletal center at Lake Shore Hospital in Irving. The second involves upgrades totaling $1.1 million to renovate a 1,600-square-foot imaging area and replace a 10-year old CT scanner. Both projects are part of a larger effort by TLC to expand services in the region and fill the gap left by the closing of Tri-County in Gowanda following severe flooding in 2009.

Construction has started on the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology, which may serve as a key anchor in Main Street’s Artspace project. The center will offer training for high-school students and underemployed or unemployed adults. It is estimated it will serve and train more than 400 high-school students and 200 adults during the next three years. Training will be geared toward employment opportunities at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus as well as the region’s health-care operations.

Candy and food distributor Wythe Will Tzetzo LLC has selected the Town of Tonawanda for a new warehouse and distribution center. The Williamsburg,VA. company acquired locally-owned Tzetzo Brothers Inc. two years ago. The $17 million center will add at least 25 new jobs to its current workforce of 165.



Business Contractions

New this Month

La-Z-Boy in Amherst (Erie County) has closed.

American Homecare, a Mount Vernon medical equipment supplier, has filed a WARN notice with the Department of Labor, but says it is just a formality. The layoff notice listed five offices, indicating nearly 100 workers would be furloughed statewide, including 29 locally on October 8th. The company is in the midst of an asset purchase by a New York City investment firm and states that the company will remain open.

M&T Bank is planning to close a retail branch in Frewsburg (Chautauqua County). The branch is set to close on November 8th.


Labor Disputes

New this Month

A strike by five workers at Al Cohen’s Bakery in Buffalo (Erie County) has entered its 10th week. The workers, represented by Local 36G of the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers & Grain Millers International Union, began their walkout on June 6th. Talks with a federal mediator were set for August 14th.

The City of Lackawanna has reached a tentative deal with its firefighters on a new contract. The city’s 50 firefighters have been working without a new contract since 2009. The Lackawanna Fire Fighters IAFF Local 3166 in June filed an unfair labor practice claim against the city with the state Public Employment Relations board. Key details of the contract have not been released.


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