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Western New York, March 2016

Business Expansions

New this Month

Fidelis Care in Getzville is preparing to fill 50 open IT slots at its health insurance operations center. The new employees will be part of an overall workforce at the local site that employs more than 1,100 workers, including 250 in IT. Other positions are also available and are listed on the company’s website.

 The Buffalo Food and Drink Group is growing the number of restaurants it serves and is looking to hire for all of them. The company held a job fair on March 7th to fill nearly 200 positions, including part-time, full time, seasonal and year round. Dishwashers, servers, bartenders, bus boys and kitchen help are needed for the restaurant group that serves locations including Colter Bay, Liberty Hound and Thin Man Brewery.

11 new companies that will invest a combined $1 million and create 87 new jobs have been approved by the state in the Buffalo Niagara region to join a network of tax-free zones tied to the University at Buffalo under the Start-Up NY program. The 11 companies are:

 • Atomic Medical Innovations, with three jobs, creates surgical products for the wound care industries.

 • Burgio Health Alliance, with six jobs, makes software for self-insured companies.

 • Disease Diagnostic Group, with eight jobs, is developing a battery-powered device that uses magnets and lasers to detect malaria in a patient’s blood.

Empirican Clinical Testing Services, with 15 jobs, makes software to assist research trials.

Letchworth, doing business as Fiducia Solutions, with five jobs, is building software applications that improve financial security systems for nonprofits.

Indago, with nine jobs, is making a social-media platform for team-based fundraisers.

Painless1099, with 18 jobs, creates software to help independent contractors save money to pay their taxes.

Plum, with three jobs, makes software that combines behavioral science with predictive analytics to help companies screen job applicants.

 • Qoints USA, with five jobs, aggregates digital marketing data for brand managers.

Sedara, with five jobs, puts in place and manages information security solutions.

Voiceitt, with 10 jobs, has a speech-recognition technology to help people with speech disabilities communicate.

In addition to the 11 companies tied to the University at Buffalo, Spherical Block will move into a zone tied to Alfred University, investing $1.6 million and creating nine jobs. .

A groundbreaking was held on Thursday, March 10th for a new $11.7 million factory. The Tulip Corp. which creates products for batteries, bottled water and dairy product producers, along with custom orders, will build a new plant beside the existing 114-year old plant it now operates. The new factory will be used to streamline the company’s thermoplastic injection molding. The move will create an additional 10 jobs and preserve 84 current full-time jobs.

The Erie County Industrial Development Agency has approved tax breaks for Upstate Pharmacy’s new location in West Seneca. The company employs 70 pharmacists and technicians with the promise to create 10 new jobs within the next two years. The sales tax breaks, which are in addition to nearly $240,000 in incentives for the construction of the facility, will be used to pay for new equipment.


Business Contractions

New this Month

Three area Macy’s stores closed their doors on March 26th. The closures were part of a 40 location, nationwide cost-cutting and restructuring effort. About 155 employees were affected, most will receive severance benefits and a handful of workers were transferred to the two remaining locations in the area. .”

Carrier Coach, a school bus and wheelchair transportation service will lay off 93 workers when it closes its Hamburg (Erie County) location in June 2016.


Labor Disputes

New this Month

Allegheny Technologies unionized United Steelworkers approved a four-year contract, ending a six-month lockout. The deal covers 2,200 workers at 12 facilities in six states, including about 40 workers at its Lockport location.

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