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Western New York, August 2010

Business Expansions

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Wing City Grille is opening a new location in Lakewood (Chautauqua County) in September, and potentially expanding to new areas in the future. A former Ponderosa will house the new restaurant.

Sportservice will be hiring more than 100 people for temp jobs during the Bills games in Orchard Park (Erie County).

The Buffalo Common Council approved a compromise land transfer aimed at freeing up property being eyed by HSBC Bank USA for a possible downtown Buffalo (Erie County) expansion. The move is designed to transfer 1.9 acres of land at Canal Side known as the Webster block. Under the agreement, the deed to the Webster block would not be transferred to the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. until HSBC informs the city that it has selected the site for development. The bank is seeking to build a new facility to house its 4,000 employees, with the ability to scale the project up or down if it brings more employees to the region.

Empire State Development is providing a capital grant for $100,000 to StudentVoice LLC located in downtown Buffalo (Erie County). The company provides assessment and consulting services to colleges and universities nationwide. The expansion calls for a $350,000 investment and the addition of 20 more jobs to its current staff of 37 full-time employees.

Inscape Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer or movable wall systems for the commercial office industry, is acquiring and renovating a building it currently leases in Falconer (Chautauqua County) with the help of a $100,000 capital grant from Empire State Development. The company plans to add 25 jobs over three years and retain 66 full-time jobs.

Crews broke ground on Kaleida Health’s latest facility in Buffalo (Erie County) on August 19th. The $64 million nursing home will eventually replace two other Kaleida nursing homes that will close in the next couple of years.

Dresser Rand in Olean (Cattaraugus County) is receiving a nearly $10 million investment into its research and development capacity from Empire State Development. The industrial rotating equipment manufacturer will keep nearly 800 jobs and add 50 more with the new funding.

Ground was broken for a new Niagara Falls (Niagara County) Train Station and Underground Railroad Museum on August 24th. The conversion of the abandoned, Civil War era Customhouse has been in the making for nearly 25 years and comes with a $44 million dollar price tag. The renovations for the custom house and museum will be completed next year, while the completion of the passenger train station may not occur until some time in 2013, if the rest of the money to complete the project is secured.

Bank of America, the nation’s largest bank, has 165 openings for customer service and sales specialists at the Crosspoint Business Park in Amherst (Erie County).

Business Contractions

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Rich Products has ended manufacturing at its plant on Niagara Street in Buffalo (Erie County) and is considering how to reuse the site. The company wrapped up production of a fruit-based concentrate at the end of July as planned. The company plans to keep the 172,000-square-foot building that is located across the street from its headquarters, rather than put it up for sale. The company offered the 31 employees at the site the opportunity to transfer into open positions in the company’s North American network. More than half were placed in jobs within the company or at other area employers.

44 Buffalo Public School teachers (Erie County) have been notified that they are losing their jobs. This number is dramatically lower than the 124 layoffs initially predicted.

A new state law pertaining to cigarette sales and taxes is forcing the Oneida Indian Nation to move its manufacturing plant in Angola (Erie County) to the Oneida Indian Reservation in Central New York. The Oneida’s say by shifting the plant’s operation and selling those products on their sovereign territory, federal law preempts state efforts to tax those products. The move will cost 15 jobs at the local plant.

Labor Disputes

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Nothing to report.

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