Western New York, October 2005
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UPDATE: Casinos The Seneca Nation of Indians has announced its plans to build its third casino in downtown Buffalo. (Erie County) The Seneca’s purchased nine acres of land and are looking to acquire more. There is enough land to build a stand-alone casino, however they are still in talks with the NFTA to purchase the DL&W Train terminal along the inner Harbor. When completed, it is estimated that the casino will create more than a thousand new jobs in the area and will generate an estimated $25 million in revenue for the State, with $5 to $7 million dollars of that resulting in local payments.
Martin’s Super Food Store officially opened its Derby (Erie County) location October 5
Pending town approval, land will be cleared and ground broken on Grand Island (Erie County) for the next project of the Fucillo Auto Dealerships. A new 45,000-square-foot structure, which will open in the fall of 2006, will replace the existing 32,000-square-foot Chevrolet store. The current Chevy dealership will be remodeled and reopened as a Hyundai store, which is expected to open in early 2007. Employment at the new Chevrolet dealership will rise to about 115.
Cobey, a Clarence-based maker of compressor assemblies and other products for the oil and power industries plans to move its headquarters and a manufacturing plant to Buffalo (Erie County). Cobey will set up shop in the Lakeside Commerce Park. About 20 jobs will move to Buffalo, and the company expects to add another 25 -50 jobs over the next five years.
After years of planning, Calspan Corporation has officially opened its $13.3 million complex, next to the Niagara Falls (Niagara County) International Airport. The flight research center and hangar gives Calspan a high-tech home for its flight simulations and research aircraft. About 60 people work in the center, including nine new jobs, with hopes to expand the work force even further.
Several acres are being cleared in Cheektowaga (Erie County) to make way for the construction of the regions fifth Target Department Store. The new store will be 126,842-square-feet and is scheduled to open in fall 2006.
Yellow Roadway Corporation plans to hire 83 people to staff a new credit collections center it will open in Cheektowaga (Erie County). The Kansas-based trucking company plans to spend $1.5 million to build and equip an 18,000-square-foot center.
The University at Buffalo (Erie County) faculty will grow by about 100 over the course of the next three years. Analysis has shown that UB’s faculty is considerably smaller than those at comparable research universities.
Citicorp plans to build a new 90,500-square-foot office building to house its global payments data center in Amherst (Erie County). Although the exact number of jobs that will be created is unknown at this time, it is expected to retain 362 jobs and add several hundred more.
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Delphi, the largest U.S. auto supplier, filed for bankruptcy on October 8, and is expected to slash jobs and wages and close many of its 31 U.S. plants as part of its reorganization. The company’s Lockport (Niagara County) facility employs 3,800 workers. Delphi will submit a plan in bankruptcy court that calls for base wages of $9.50-$10.50 an hour for most production workers, down from more than $25 an hour, and ends job guarantees. Skilled trades’ workers would earn $19 an hour from about $30 now. Employees would be responsible for 25 percent of healthcare costs, and a freeze in the pension plan would halt the accrual of benefits for current workers. In addition, the proposal ends cost-of-living adjustments, rolls back overtime to the legal minimum and cut paid holidays.
The Big Lots discount stores, which specialize in close-out deals, will close two area furniture stores. The closing of the stores located in Tonawanda and Buffalo (Erie County) are expected by January 2006.
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About 300 workers went on strike at Verizon Yellow Pages offices throughout the state on October 31, including a 90-person office in Amherst (Erie County), over what the union calls “bait-and-switch” bargaining. Picketing began at the Verizon Information Services office on Niagara Falls Blvd. Workers who provide telephone service are unaffected by the strike. The three-year labor contract expired October 8.
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