Skip to Content Skip to Navigation

Western New York, October 2014

Business Expansions

New this Month

Catholic Health opened its administrative and regional training center in downtown Buffalo (Erie County) on October 2nd. The $50 million facility, which has been under construction for two years, will serve as corporate headquarters for Catholic Health, Catholic Medical partners and houses a job training center. More than 600 people are employed at the site.

Canadian developer Zoran Cocov has revealed plans for the first time since he bought the largely vacant Summit Park Mall property this past spring. The developer, who intends to invest $17.44 million to bring retail back to the mall, is seeking a series of tax breaks from the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency. In addition to the retail, a number of undisclosed restaurants and entertainment tenants are in the works. Initially 34 jobs will be created.

A ground-breaking ceremony was held for the new John R Oishei Children’s Hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus on Wednesday, October 8th. The $270 million project has been under development for five years. The 12-story, 410,000-square-foot facility will be located between Buffalo General Medical Center as well as the Conventus medical office building and the new University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, both now under construction. The project is expected to be completed in early 2017.

Florida-based company One Touch Direct held a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 15th for its new marketing and call center in Orchard Park (Erie County). The company, which works with clients such as T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and IBM, is looking to immediately fill 150 positions and eventually hire 121 more.

The Hilton Garden Inn opened its doors on October 21st in downtown Buffalo (Erie County). The building, which sat largely vacant for many years, was purchased by the Hamister group in December 2012. The $41 million project features124 rooms on the first14 floors and18 market-rate apartments on floors 15-17. Hamister also relocated its headquarters to the new site from Amherst to the top three floors, housing 30-40 employees.

Servotronics Inc. in Elma (Erie County) is planning to hire 25 new full-time workers at its expanded factory. The maker of motion control equipment has had a rise in customer demand for its servovalve and motion control products that prompted the hiring. Currently the plant employ about 250 workers and has expanded its work force by more than 20 percent during the past year.

Construction on Buffalo’s (Erie County) first ever tablet PC factory Bak USA is nearing completion in the former Sheehan Hospital. The clean room assembly factory is set to start training employees in about 3 weeks. The company will originally hire about 20 people to assemble their tablets and hopes to grow the workforce to 120 by the end of the year. The tablets will be available for sale online beginning in January 2015.

Business Contractions

New this Month

Ethox Medical, a medical-device maker based in downtown Buffalo (Erie County), will close by the end of the year. The company, which employs 65 workers, will put 53 of those people out of work, while the other 12 will be transferred to another site. No reason was given for the closing.

National office supply company Staples is closing its distribution plant in Amherst in January 2015. The company cited economic reasons for the closure that will put 14 people out of work.

Tyson Foods has set a plant closing date of January 3, 2015. The prepared foods plant announced this past July that is would be shutting down production at the Buffalo (Erie County) site putting 287 employees out of work.

Moog Inc. is making significant cuts to its workforce due to stagnant sales in its aircraft business and the prospect of lower revenues in its space and defense unit. The company has informed workers at its Elma (Erie County) plant that it is eliminating 5 percent of the jobs within its aircraft group and that it plans to cut staffing within its space and defense unit by about 10 percent in early November. The exact number of jobs being eliminated has not been specified, but the impact will be felt at the Elma complex where about 2,500 people are employed.

The Tonawanda News, a local 134-year old local newspaper part of the Greater Niagara Newsgroup, will cease publication in January 2015. Tough economic conditions have made the paper no longer profitable, forcing the company to go out of business. Twenty staff members will lose their jobs.

Labor Disputes

New this Month

Nothing to report.

Thanks for the feedback! It will help us improve your experience.