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Western New York, December 2017


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Panasonic has hopes to employ slightly more than 300 people by the end of the year at its Tesla solar panel factory. The company expects to continue adding workers into next year, with a target of 60 more in the first quarter of 2018. Panasonic held a career fair this month seeking production and manufacturing operators, machine operators, electrical and mechanical technicians and engineers.

Niacet Corp. in Niagara Falls (Niagara county) has received a 15-year tax break for its possible expansion. The local plant has been competing with sites in Alabama and Louisiana for a $40 million expansion project. The approval by the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency, which is worth an estimated $1.87 million, is not guaranteeing that the expansion will happen in Niagara Falls. Currently the company employs 87 people and the expansion would add 14 new jobs to the workforce.

Towne Automotive Group recently acquired Schmitt’s Audi Volkswagen dealership in Lancaster. The acquisition will now give Towne 17 vehicle brands across 10 dealership locations with a little over 400 employees. All of Schmitt’s 50 employees are expected to stay on and the company plans to build a new standalone Audi building at a different location, leading to growth in employees for the Audi dealership, while the Volkswagen franchise will remain in Lancaster. (December 21, 2017-The Buffalo news)

Alcott HR, a downstate human resources outsourcing firm, has relocated its Western New York Division office from Buffalo to Williamsville. The move by the company was needed to accommodate the businesses’ growth. (December 21, 2017-The Buffalo news)

The Sweeney Building on Main St. in Buffalo (Erie County), home to advertising agency Crowley Webb, will have two new tenants for the beginning of the new year. The Salty Dog Barbershop will occupy storefront on the first floor and DSV Air & Sea, a Danish global transport and logistics company will operate a full Customs brokerage in the building. J.R. Militello Realty and Keenan Law Firm are also tenants in the building. (December 20, 2017-The Buffalo News)


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Buffalo-based construction company LPCiminelli, a firm that has dominated the Western New York construction market, will shut down its general contracting company and auction its heavy equipment. The firm’s founder and former CEO Louis P. Ciminelli is currently under federal indictment for alleged bid-rigging and bribery in a public corruption case that stemmed from the state’s Buffalo Billion project at Riverbend. By shutting down the general contracting company, LPCiminelli will focus on coordinating and overseeing others, which will require less staff, equipment and overhead. The precise impact is not yet clear as the company is currently finishing other jobs

Electronic parts supply plant AVX Corporation (Olean Advanced Products) in Olean (Cattaraugus County) will close by March 30 of 2018. The plant, which employs 67, has cited economic reasons for the closing. Layoffs will affect about 60 of the plants’67 employees and will occur in phases. (December 26,


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