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Western New York, July 2015

Business Expansions

New this Month

Composite Panel Solutions, a Town of Cattaruagus (Cattaraugus County) manufacturer, will add as many as 15 workers to its 40-person staff, after being chosen as a subcontractor to manufacture ceilings and interior panels for 676 rail cars over the next five years for the Metropolitan Transit Authority and the Long Island Railroad. The company also manufactures products for marine, architectural, aerospace, government and various industrial and commercial industries.

Nuenz Inc., has established a small initial operation in Baird Research Park while it considers Western New York for a manufacturing operation. The company, which has been accepted into the Start-Up NY tax-breaks program, is developing relationships with UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences as it looks to do pilot work based on the silicon nitride fibers it has developed. The company currently has two labs in the UB Technology Incubator, where it is manufacturing initial quantities of material while gathering information about commercial applicability and potential markets.

50 new workers have been added to Welded Tube USA Inc 35-person staff in Lackawanna (Erie County). The steel tubing manufacturer opened in 2013 to supply materials to out-of-state hyrdrofracking sites.

Business Contractions

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Nothing to report

Labor Disputes

New this Month

Allegheny Technologies Inc. and the United Steelworkers are continuing to operate under the terms of an expired labor agreement, avoiding a lockout that would have affected 2,300 workers across four states. The companies site in Lockport (Erie County) employs 44 union members. The union had been preparing for a possible lockout by the company before the two sides agreed to continue working past the deal’s expiration. The Steelworkers late Tuesday (July 2) released a statement stating that the union workers will continue to work and continue negotiations for a “fair agreement”.

Ingersoll Rand and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Lodge 330 have extended their current contract until August 10th to try and reach a new agreement. The union about 250 workers at the companies Cheektowaga (Erie County) manufacturing plant.

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