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Western New York, November 2015

Business Expansions

New this Month

Town of Evans industrial abrasives manufacturer Flexovit, is planning to rebuild its factory and warehouse complex as part of an $8 million project that will restore nearly 40 jobs. The facility collapsed during the November 2014 snowstorm and had considered shifting its operations to Kentucky.

The Pizza Plant, the latest in a line of public and private sector developments to take place within the Canalside District is getting closer to opening. The location will feature a full bar, dining room and a grab and go section. The restaurant has begun hiring and will employ 40 new workers when it opens later this fall.

If the United Auto Workers union and Ford Motor Co. ratify a tentative deal, Ford would invest $30 million in its Woodlawn (Erie County) stamping plant. The company has outlined a proposed $9 billion in investments throughout the company as part of a tentative four-year contract that is going before its workers. The Woodlawn stamping plant has about 915 hourly workers.

Yahoo in the Town of Lockport (Niagara County) held a job recruiting event on November 14th in downtown Buffalo. The tech company, which opened in the Lockport complex in 2010, currently employs about 200 people. The company has not specified how many more people it will be hiring, but has stated it will be more than 20 new employees as part of its recruitment.

Since moving into it current Orchard Park (Erie County) facility 25 years ago, McGard LLC has nearly doubled its workspace. Next year the company is planning on adding a new nickel chrome line with an investment of over $6 million. Currently employing about 585 people in its facility, the company plans to add about 15 workers by the end of the year and anticipates needing to hire an additional 20 employees as a result of the expansion.

TLC Health expects to rescind a layoff notice to its workforce within the next week with talk of a sale for its long-term care operations. TLC has been operating under bankruptcy protection for nearly two years and issued a layoff notice in January of this year to 70 workers in the unit at its Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving. In recent months the health system has been in talks with potential buyers for its long-term care operations.

Plans for upscale apartments on the former Freezer Queen plant site on the Buffalo waterfront are moving forward. Local developer Gerry Buchheit, who purchased the 20 acre site in 2007, plans to transform the long shuttered plant into 120 one and two bedroom apartments, investing nearly $40 million dollars. Construction is planned to begin in the spring and slated to open in 2017. In addition to the apartment complex the developer is also planning a 100 room hotel and spa mini resort on the land adjacent to the existing Freezer Queen building.

Business Contractions

New this Month

NRG Energy Inc in Dunkirk (Chautauqua County) has informed the 64 workers at it power plant that layoffs will begin in February 2016. Employees whose positions are eliminated as a result of the Dunkirk facility being “mothballed” will be eligible for severance benefits under the collective bargaining agreement or as negotiated with the union for union-represented employees.

Labor Disputes

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Local UAW members at Ford Motor Co’s Woodlawn stamping plant voted to reject a national tentative agreement between the union and the automaker. The UAW represents about 915 hourly workers at the Woodlawn complex. Under the four-year deal, Ford would invest $9 billion and create or retain 8,500 jobs at its U.S. plants. The automaker pledged to invest $30 million in the Woodlawn (Erie County) plant.

Nearly two dozen licensed practical nurses at Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Williamsville (Erie County) have decided to unionize. The workers voted unanimously on November 20th to join 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, joining more than 100 co-workers, including CNA’s and service and clerical workers who are already members of the union.

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