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Western New York, April 2013

Business Expansions

New this Month

American Douglas Metals Inc. has purchased the former Millcraft Paper Co. warehouse and distribution center and will be moving its operations to the Buffalo (Erie County) site from its current location in Tonwanda. A growing customer base is prompting the move and will also see its local workforce increase by 11 workers.

Three more companies from Canada are setting up shop in and around the City of Buffalo (Erie County) thanks to the efforts of the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise. So far, 60 companies with more than $500 million of investment and close to 1,400 jobs have come to the area. The three newest companies will bring a total of 18 new jobs.

Kitchen World on Transit Road in Williamsville (Erie County) has seen sales of its Candlelight Cabinetry grow by 70% since making its move from Lockport. The company will be hiring additional workers to keep handle the rise in new orders.

Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport has opened the first express care facility in Niagara County. ENH Ambulatory Care Center, or Express Care, is for people who have a minor injury or illness. Up to a dozen physicians will staff the express care clinic. Five new full-time jobs have also been created for three nurses and two radiology technicians.

Elma’s popular Made in America Store has opened a second location at the Niagara visitor center near Niagara Falls State Park (Niagara County). The souvenir shop will stock only merchandise that is completely American made.

Five Guys Burgers, a fast food hamburger franchise, is scheduled to open in North Buffalo (Erie County) in early May. Additional locations are planned for Niagara Falls, Jamestown, and Amherst. Currently two other locations are already open in Cheektowaga and Blasdell.

Niagara Blower in the Town of Tonawanda (Erie County) is expanding. The maker of specialized industrial heat transfer and air conditioning systems will add 25 jobs to its current workforce of 130 people. The $5.4 million project will add 110,000-square-feet of space and new equipment and machinery.

Tops Friendly Markets is interested in adding a grocery store to the downtown Buffalo (Erie County) area. Tops currently has 81 stores in the Buffalo market. A downtown store would be considerably smaller than the full-sized stores in the area.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute held a groundbreaking on Thursday, April 18 for its new $43 million Clinical Sciences Center. The 11-story center will house an expanded chemotherapy clinic, and a breast center and patient education programs, among other services. The project marks the first new construction on the Roswell Park campus since 2007.

Site prep has been underway since March for the Sabres’ HARBORcenter project, but the official groundbreaking was held on Saturday, April 13th. Construction of everything but the hotel on the estimated $170 million project is expected to be completed by September of 2014.

Jiffy-Tite Corp plans to hire 50 people as part of a $2.9 million expansion of its Walden Avenue Facility in Lancaster (Erie County).

Hobby Lobby will be doubling the number of stores it operates locally with a pair of outlets slated to open in the next few months. The company has leased two former Media Play locations from Benderson Development. The first to open will be in Hamburg (Erie County) later this spring and the second by mid-summer in Lancaster (Erie County). Currently the chain operates a store in Cheektowaga and one in Niagara Falls.

Diversified Manufacturing will be consolidating is Amherst operations to Lockport (Niagara County) and is proposing to build a 47,000-square foot addition to house manufacturing and office space to its Ohio Street plant. The $4.8 million expansion will create 46 full-time and 13 part-time positions. Diversified Manufacturing will be consolidating is Amherst operations to Lockport and is proposing to build a 47,000-square foot addition to house manufacturing and office space to its Ohio Street plant. The expansion will create 46 full-time and 13 part-time positions.

Power Greenhouse Integration LLC will purchase a 12.5-acre greenhouse operation in the Town of Wheatfield (Niagara County). The company will renovate the complex adding state-of-the-art systems and will operate on a year-round basis. The $24 million project will create 60 full-time and 30 part-time positions.

Plati Niagara Inc. LLC wants to invest $9,6 million to construct an upscale brand name hotel on Rainbow Boulevard in Niagara Falls (Niagara County). The 65,000 square-foot multi-story building will house 110 hotel rooms and up to 4,000-square-feet of retail space. The hotel will create 28 new full-time jobs.

An ice cream manufacturer that sells its products to retail stores throughout Western New York, will acquire, renovate and expand a building in Lockport (Niagara County) Lake Effect Ice Cream will invest $211,000 and create 15 part-time jobs.

A Burlington, Ontario company has agreed to purchase 7.5 acres of land in the industrial park operated by the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency. Whiting Group plans to eract a 20,000-square-foot plant for assembly and painting of roll-up doors for fire apparatus and emergency vehicles, as well as LED lights for the vehicles. The company will employ 12 full-time workers and 2-3 part-time workers at first, with the workforce growing above 20 people within three years.

Seneca Gaming Corp. officials are predicting that the permanent Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino building could open about a month ahead of schedule due to construction of the revamped casino forward at a quick pace. Once completed, the permanent casino will employ approximately 500 people.

The new Veterans One-Stop Center of WNY Inc. held its ribbon-cutting on April 29th. The facility officially opened its doors on April 1st. The center will provide everything from health and employement services to educations, counseling and legal assistance and will serve the needs of the region’s 108,000 veterans and their families.

Buffalo-based Goldberg Segalla LLP, which has 11 U.S. offices and one in London, has expanded to an office in Amherst (Erie County). The suburban office will be home to administrators, attorneys and support staff. About 45 employees will work in Amherst.

Excelco/Newbrook has moved its administrative and engineering departments in Silver Creek (Chautauqua County) into a larger office building that was vacated by a manucaturer two years ago. The 60-year-old company does specialized metal manufacturing work for large companies and government agencies. Currently the company employs about 80 people and is looking to hire 10 more this year, with a goal to have 100 employees in three years.

FedEX will receive more than $2 million in tax breaks through the Erie County Industrial Development Agency to build a $10.6 million office and distribution center in the Town of Tonawanda. The expansion will create more than 80 jobs.



Business Contractions

New this Month

More than 200 New York State Thruway workers lost their jobs after agency and union officials were unable to agree on money saving concessions. Thruway officials could not provide a geographic or job title breakdown of the layoffs. The layoffs affect jobs at the agency that runs the mainline highway system through upstate, as well as the state’s canal system. All of the people who lost their jobs were union members.

Layoffs at the Bank of America in Getzville (Erie County) are more than originally anticipated. The State Labor Department’s WARN notice indicates 1,320 layoffs at the facility when it shuts down on June 23rd. M&T Bank is expected to hire 500 of these workers, but more than 800 people will be out of work.

The Frontier School District in Hamburg (Erie County) has proposed staff reductions totaling 36 full-time equivalent positions as part of their budget for the 2014 school year.

Moog Inc. has laid off 18 full-time employees, citing uncertainty stemming from pending government spending cuts. The Elma ( Erie County) aerospace company said it is laying off a total of 97 employees worldwide, including the local layoffs.


Labor Disputes

New this Month

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz and the Civil Service Employees Association have reached a tentative agreement. Erie County CSEA members have been working without a contract since the last one expired on December 31, 2006.

Staff at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center in Niagara Falls (Niagara County) have approved a new agreement. The three year contract covers around 650 members of 1199 SEIU and includes nurses, administrative and maintenance workers.

280 Registered Nurses at Kenmore Mercy Hospital have approved a new four-year contract, ending a period of lengthy negotiations. Talks have been ongoing since November between CWA Local 1133 and the hospital.

Goodyear and the Steelworkers are negotiating a new national contract covering 8,000 tire workers, including the Dunlop Goodyear Facility in Tonawanda (Erie County). The current contracts will expire on July 27th of this year.


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