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Western New York, February 2014

Business Expansions

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The TLC Health Network has delayed the closure of Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving (Chautauqua County) by at least two months, filing a revised notice with the New York State Department of Labor. The organization has not made any final decisions on the future of the hospital and its affiliated outpatient clinics. TLC has extended its shutdown to March 29 to give it more time to work out financing solutions and continue looking for a long-term solution. Since the initial filing in October, employment has dropped from 460 to about 300, mostly through attrition and the near shut-down of a 120-bed skilled nursing facility.

LGI Products & Services, a company on the East Side of Buffalo (Erie County) that creates cellulose insulation and hydro seed mulch from recycled paper products, has received funds from the Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board. The company hopes to hire 29 people over the next five years, most coming from the immediate East Side neighborhood. (February 4, 2014-Business First) Eden Valley Growers in Eden (Erie County) will build a new staging and packing area with funds from the Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board. The project will create six new jobs.

Geico is continuing to hire at its Getzville (Erie County) operations center, with plans to bring on 750 new employees in 2014. With 2,750 employees in the region, most of them housed at its 250,000-square-foot Northeast Operations Center at CrossPoint Business Park. The company is hiring entry-level workers for sales, customer service and claims in its auto division; sales and customer service positions within the GEICO Insurance Agency, which provides policies for property, boats, overseas and other specialty lines; and within its management development program.

The town of Wellsville (Allegany County) is one step closer to getting a Walmart. Developers have met with Town officials concerning site plans and environmental issues. The proposed location of the Super Walmart will be the site of the old Wellsville airport.

Developers announced Friday, February 21st that they will spend $50 million to re-develop the long-vacant former Trico building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Krog Corp and Hart Hotels Inc. plan to convert the building into two hotels, apartments and other commercial businesses.

IBM is committing to bring 500 high paying tech-based jobs jobs to a new, 100,000-square-foot, state-owned computer information technology center in Buffalo (Erie County) to train future and current industry workers and to create cutting edge software for energy, health, defense and other industries. The new facility is expected to open in Downtown Buffalo in early 2015. The location of the center has yet to be determined.

The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus will receive a $1 Million grant to help pay for a tunnel that will link that Buffalo General Medical Center to the new John R. Oieshei Children’s Hospital. The $5 million, 80-foot-long tunnel which was completed this fall, will link current and future institutions on the campus. Seven projects currently under development or completed at the medical campus will create more than 260 new jobs and retain nearly 1,000 existing jobs.

Federal Express is negotiating to purchase 50 acres of land in the Town of Hamburg (Erie County) for a massive distribution center that could eventually employ 600 people. The deal is one of the largest economic development projects in the town’s recent history. A closing is expected within the next 60 days.

Business Contractions

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Michigan-based manufacturer of aluminum parts, Premiere Tool & Diecast in Lakewood, (Chautauqua County) will be closing the plant in May. The closing of the plant will put 75 people out of work.

PHH Mortgage Corp. is cutting 135 jobs at its Amherst (Erie County) facility, but remains committed to its $34 million building project that is currently under construction. The company hopes that the job cuts will only be short-term.

Ingram Micro is cutting 40 positions at its Amherst (Erie County) operation but is also recruiting to fill other positions. The company is eliminating some jobs with ‘skill sets’ that are not needed and at the same time will recruit for about 90 open positions. Laid-off workers who are in good standing with the company will be invited to apply for the new positions. The wholesale technology distributor has about 1,500 employees at the Amherst location.

Labor Disputes

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Nothing to report.

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