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Western New York, December 2016

Expansions and Openings


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SolarCity has begun holding a series of information sessions in conjunction with the state Labor Department to garner interest in entry level positions at the panel factory in Buffalo (Erie County).  The positions include manufacturing specialists, shipping and receiving clerks and material handlers.  The first hires for the positions will most likely be made next year, but is expected to begin accepting applications for those positions this month.  Currently the factory has about 40 employees in Buffalo including its administrative staff that have moved into the new offices in the 1 million-square-foot factory. SolarCity also has job postings on its website for 27 positions in engineering and management.  


Sumitomo Rubber USA, the Japanese owner of the tire plant in Tonawanda, that until recently operated under the Goodyear Dunlop name, plans to invest $87 million over the next three years.  The investment will reduce factory costs , add new equipment to a larger factory and add jobs to the plant that already employs 1,300.  The goal for the company is to import fewer tires from its factory in Thailand and rely more heavily on the Tonawanda plant to make car and truck tires for the American market.  The plant will ramp up production of Falken car and truck tires over the next three years,  and will continue to make Dunlop-brand motorcycle tires, as well as Dunlop tires sold to Japanese automakers. Its production of Goodyear tires will steadily wind down as part of the two companies’ separation agreement.The plant currently rolls out nearly 10,000 tires a day and with the new investment, in three years, the company hopes to ramp up that number to 17,000 tires a day.  In addition to more production capacity, the company plans to create its own research and development center for its North American tire products in the U.S.

General Motors announced today, December 14th that it will be making investments in three local area plants.  A total of $334 million will be invested.  $ 295.5 million will be invested in the Tonawanda plant for future engine production, as well as $32 million in Lockport for new components and $6 million in Rochester.  The investments will help create or retain a total of 1,261 jobs. 

Food products distributor Latina Boulevard Foods is planning to expand its operations from the 80,000-square-feet it is currently leasing to 190,000-square-feet due to rapid growth.  The $11 million expansion project will secure 172 jobs with an average salary of $53,150 and add five new jobs with average yearly wages of around $40,000. 

A $4 million expansion at Fieldbrook Foods Corp. factory in Dunkirk (Chautauqua County) has been completed.  The private label ice cream and novelty products maker added new machinery and equipment to two new production lines with the help of $400,000 in Excelsior tax credits.  The factory is one of the largest ice-cream producing facilities in the country, with the capability of producing more than 25 million gallons of ice cream a year.  The expansion will allow the company to retain 586 full-time jobs and add 61 new jobs. 

Layoffs and Closings

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Stein Mart will close its Orchard Park (Erie County) store at Crossroads Centre on February 17th, 2017.  The store, which opened in 2002, was “not meeting expectations” according to the company.  The company will try to relocate as many of the 40 employees as possible to other locations.  


Struggling retailer Sears will close two locations, one at the Walden Galleria in Cheektowaga and the other at the Boulevard Mall in Amherst, along with their associated Auto Centers in mid-April. Eligible employees will receive severance and may apply for positions at nearby Sears or Kmart stores. 

 Labor Disputes


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Nothing to report.




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