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Western New York, November 2003

Business Expansions

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UPDATE: Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute (Erie County) Governor George Pataki and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announced on October 31, the final $6 million in state funding for the research institute's $24 million state-of-the-art research laboratory. Construction began in October on the Buffalo Niagara Life Sciences Complex. The $150 million complex will employ about 550 scientists and support staff.

Casino (Cattaraugus County) The Seneca Nation of Indians broke ground on November 4 for a gambling venue in Salamanca. Plans call for the temporary casino to open in March, with construction of a permanent, resort-type casino to get under way by mid-2004. The temporary casino will create more than 800 jobs. The Seneca Nation also announced that the decision on the location of the Erie County casino is not expected until spring.

TeleTech (Niagara County) is filling nearly 400 jobs at its call center in Niagara Falls. The center performs customer service chores for telecommunications companies. The hiring began in August and is expected to continue through the end of the year.

Business Contractions

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Delphi Harrison Thermal Systems (Niagara County) announced that it would move its world headquarters to Troy, Michigan from Lockport. The move affects 150 salaried positions. This is in addition to expected cuts by attrition to about 400 production jobs over the next year. About 4,300 people are employed at the Delphi Harrison's headquarters and factory in Lockport.

UPDATE: City of Buffalo (Erie County) On October 29, Mayor Anthony Masiello sent layoff letters to 87 city employees. The first round of layoffs will take effect November 15. Another 30 employees and up to 21 firefighters could be cut from the payroll in March. The job cuts are projected to save the city about $4.5 million in the current fiscal year.

UPDATE: Quality Markets (Erie County) announced on October 30 that it plans to close two Buffalo stores by mid-December. The closings will eliminate a total of 111 jobs.

Par Industries (Erie County) is closing one of its two Amherst plants. The Pineview Drive plants makes injection molded plastic parts for both the automotive and non-automotive markets and employs 180 hourly and 21 salaried workers.

UPDATE: General Motors (Erie County) Tonawanda plant placed 120 production workers on indefinite layoff November 14. A United Auto Workers union spokesman said they expect some of the 120 will be recalled to replace other workers as they retire. Management expects higher attrition following the contract settlement. About 60 workers at the 3,300-job site filed for retirement in September.

Barrister Global Services Network (Erie County), lured by incentives of up to $1.5 million over the next ten years is expected to move its headquarters to the New Orleans area. Some operations, though, are expected to remain in Buffalo.

Labor Disputes

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