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Western New York, November 2016

Expansions and Openings


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M&T Bank Corp. is reconfiguring its urban space to accommodate more workers and will have the capacity to add as many as 1,000 more employees in downtown Buffalo (Erie County) over time.   The bank’s six downtown buildings are being upgraded and renovated as part of a five-year, $100 million investment.  Currently M&T employs 4,000 in its offices in downtown Buffalo. 


The $2.1 billion merger between SolarCity and Tesla Motors was approved by shareholders from both companies on November 17th.  The merger will combine Tesla, the nation’s biggest electric car company and SolarCity, the nation’s biggest rooftop solar installer.  The merger will create a renewable energy powerhouse.  Electronics giant Panasonic will also partner with Tesla-SolarCity to make solar modules at the Buffalo plant now that the merger has been approved.  The company has promised nearly 1,500 jobs at the facility and more than 1,400 new jobs supplying or providing services to SolarCity.


The NRG Energy plant in Dunkirk, (Chautauqua County) which has been closed since January, may have a chance of reopening.  The coal-burning power plant had been planning to convert the plant to run on natural gas but had to close down when one of its competitors filed a lawsuit that had blocked the project.  The competitor, Entergy Corp., has now dropped the lawsuit and NRG is prepared to move forward and resume the planning and development of the project.   


Layoffs and Closings


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 Chart Industries,the parent company of AirSep, a portable oxygen tank manufacturer in Amherst (Erie County) is consolidating its operations.  The engineering and manufacturing functions for AirSep’s respiratory product line will be moved to a consolidated operation in its factory in Georgia.  The consolidation will affect approximately 150 employees whose jobs will be moved to Georgia or eliminated. 


Local injection molding facility MGS Manufacturing Group in Cheektowaga ( Erie County) will close its door in February 2017.  The plant, which makes plastic parts for medical supplies has cited economic reasons for its closure and will leave 62 people without jobs. 


Labor Disputes

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Nothing to report. 


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