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Western New York, September 2005

Business Expansions

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UPDATE: Geico Corp. officially moved in to the company’s Buffalo (Erie County) operations center. Nearly 800 employees shifted from its temporary headquarters. The move to the new $40 million structure means the company can now ramp up its slowed hiring to fill up space and meet its final target of 2,500 employees. Over the next 15 months about 600 new claims representatives will be hired, bringing the total in the facility to about 1,400 employees by the end of 2006.

The Fox Run at Orchard Park life care community (Erie County) was granted tax and financing incentives from the Erie County Industrial Development agency. The incentives will save Fox Run millions and allow for a 40-unit expansion of the Canterbury Woods retirement community in Amherst. An estimated 118 full-time jobs would be created.

APV North America, designer of equipment for food and beverage plants, held opening ceremonies for its new headquarters in Amherst’s (Erie County) CrossPoint Business Park. The headquarters currently houses 70 workers and plans to add 50 more, including jobs in sales, engineering, project management, and technology support.

UPDATE: Casinos The Seneca Nation of Indians has made a written offer to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority to buy the DL&W rail terminal, which it would turn into its Buffalo (Erie County) casino. The Seneca’s are eyeing the expansive, upper floor of the two-story terminal, to create 120,000-square-foot of gambling.

UPDATE: Erie County Ten positions will be restored to the Erie County Sheriff’s Department to help meet state staffing standards at Erie County’s two jails. The action comes after the state Commission of Corrections lowered the number of inmates at the county’s Holding Center downtown and Correctional Facility in Alden, because of inadequate staffing. The Erie County Executive was warned earlier in the week, that because of low staffing, the county would need to transfer inmates elsewhere around the state at a cost of $100 per day per inmate, putting further strain on the county’s fiscal crisis.

Business Contractions

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Coach USA will close its North Tonawanda (Niagara County) bus terminal at the end of October, eliminating more than 120 local jobs. The closing comes months after Coach USA lost a contract to provide shuttle services on the University at Buffalo campus, and more than a year after it stopped providing shuttle services downtown. The terminal employed drivers, mechanics, dispatchers and a handful of salaried workers.

The Buffalo & Erie County Library System board agreed on September 1 to downsize from 52 branches to 36. In addition to the library closings already announced, 12 more have tentative closing dates. Two branches have already officially closed on September 30.

Swagelok Biopharm Services Co., an Ohio based Technology manufacturer, is closing its North Tonawanda plant, (Niagara County), laying off 116 workers. The company is relocating the facilities operations to its parent company in Ohio, as it seeks to cut costs and operate more efficiently.

Wilson Farms is moving its warehouse operations out of the C&S Wholesale Grocers distribution facility in Lancaster (Erie County) and shifting it to a grocery supplier in the Syracuse area. The move, which will be completed by the beginning of December, will result in the loss of 35-50 local jobs.

Labor Disputes

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