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Western New York, February 2016

Business Expansions

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The new Moog Inc. is expanding its Elma (Erie County) campus with a $12 million expansion and is expected to bring 100 new jobs within the next five years. The maker of motion-control equipments expansion will allow for manufacturing and testing for space propulsion products; work that is currently being done in a leased facility in Wheatfield. The approximately 50 workers in Wheatfield will be shifted to the Elma facility. Construction is expected to begin next year, with the facility being completed during the summer of 2018. Work will then begin to be shifted out of the Wheatfield site, estimating that it will take until 2020 or 2021 before that is completed.

400 new workers will be hired at Home Depot locations across Western New York. The home improvement retailer will hire a mix of permanent and seasonal part-time workers for its busy spring season.

New York State will spend $200 million to build a state-of-the-art drug manufacturing plant in Dunkirk (Chautauqua County) that will create 900 jobs. Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement on February 11, unveiling the details of a partnership between the state and Athenex , a Buffalo biotech firm that also includes the state investing $25 million on a North American headquarters on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Athenex will spend $1.6 billion over the next 10 years and create a total of 1,400 jobs, 700 within its company and 700 indirect jobs with suppliers and other companies. The 300,000 square-foot manufacturing facility will take about 18 months to build and could be ready to open within two years.

Walmart is hiring 85 full-and part-time employees to staff its new Cheektowaga location that is opening in spring. The newly built store will replace an existing location in Cheektowaga. Most employees hired will begin work this month to get ready for the grand re-opening in the spring.

Borderworx , a Canadian company building a warehouse in Wheatfield, (Niagara County) will receive a $200,00 loan from the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency. The company has purchased 31 acres of land and plan to invest $3.55 million on the 50,000-square-foot warehouse that will be used as a trans-shipment point for products manufactured in Canada to be sold in the U.S. The company plans to create 63 jobs within three years.

 

Business Contractions

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Full production will likely begin in the summer of 2017 at Buffalo’s SolarCity factory, three to six months later than originally anticipated. Delay of the opening is due to the sophisticated equipment that will be used to produce solar panels at the factory will take longer than expected to order and receive. The $900 million factory, which is expected to employ about 1,460 workers, was initially expected to reach full production during the first quarter of 2017. .”

Allied workers in West Seneca are being dislocated because of Tops Markets plans to take over the facility beginning in August. Tops is relocating from the logistics company’s smaller facility in Cheektowaga to meet its growing demand. The reshuffling of the refrigerated warehouse space could leave as many as 64 Allied Frozen Storage workers without jobs by late July if they are not rehired by Tops Markets.

 

Labor Disputes

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