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Western New York, October 2016


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Over the next 10 years, the Dairy Queen restaurant chain could add 100 restaurants to the Buffalo Niagara region. The Minnesota-based chain is looking for franchisees to open multiple locations of its newer DQ Grill & Chill concept. Each location costs from $1.07 million to $1.83 million to develop, plus the cost of land. Each restaurant would bring 50-100 jobs. Currently there are only 2 DQ Grill & Chill locations and a total of 16 traditional Dairy Queens in the Buffalo Niagara region.

New Jersey-based manufacturer CI Filing Systems plans to bring 80 jobs to the Town of Tonawanda as part of a $7.9 million project. The company manufactures office products such a index tabs, file folders and legal dividers. Currently the factory and warehouse in New Jersey employs about 150 but because of high costs they will establish production and warehouse operations that are currently done there to Western New York. In exchange for the 80 new jobs that the company will create, the New York Power Authority will provide low-cost hydropower and tax credits under the state’s Excelsior Jobs Program. Renovation and construction work on the newly leased buildings are set to begin in January 2017 with the goal of running at full capacity by October 2018.

Rosina Food Products in Cheektowaga (Erie County) is seeking tax breaks from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency to support a $1.544 million expansion project for a new facility that would include a test kitchen and hospitality suite. The Italian frozen food product maker also wants to renovate and existing building to house a customer care center, as well as its supply-chain, order processing, research and development and sales and marketing departments. In exchange for the tax breaks, the company has pledged to retain 29 jobs and add four jobs within two years. This would be the second expansion this year for the company and if approved, work would begin immediately, with a targeted completion date of October 2017.

Tesla has announced a deal partnering with Panasonic that would have the tech giant working on solar cells and modules for SolarCity. Panasonic would produce solar battery and photovoltaic cells at the Buffalo plant beginning in the Summer of 2017. The solar panels will work with these products in residential and commercial properties. The agreement is contingent on shareholders approving the merger between Tesla and Solar City in a vote which will take place on November 17th.


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Print and digital marketing company Dex Media will close its Amherst (Erie County) office by the end of the year. The Dallas-based company will close on December 27 according to a WARN notice filed with the New York State Department of Labor. The closing of the office will eliminate 57 jobs.

Integer Holdings Corp. will close its Greatbatch Medical plant in Clarence over the next 18 months. The battery and medical device manufacturer’s closing is part of a move by the company to consolidate its machined component manufacturing plant in Minnesota. The closing will eliminate 120 jobs at the facility. Integer still will have 240 workers at its corporate office on Wehrle Drive in Clarence, another 355 at its Alden production facility and 270 at a former Lake Region Medical site in Orchard Park that was part of its acquisition of the Massachusetts-based medical device manufacturer last year.

The Connection, a call center in Olean, has filed a WARN notice with the NYS Department of Labor indicating it could lay off as many as 147 employees. The layoffs, which would take effect January 8, 2017, are due to the loss of a contract with an unspecified customer. The call center is working to place as many of the workers into new positions as possible. The call center will remain open after the layoffs take place.


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12 years after the Buffalo teachers contract expired, teachers and the School Board approved a new deal October 17th. The agreement marks the end of more than a decade of negotiations and longest contract stalemate in the history of public sector collective bargaining in New York. The agreement includes raises over the next 3 years as well as back pay and seniority rights. The teachers will have to make contributions toward health insurance, have a longer school day and year, and the controversial health insurance cosmetic surgery rider has been eliminated.

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