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Western New York, June 2017

EXPANSIONS AND OPENINGS

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Seattle-based Internet retail giant Amazon will occupy a vacant warehouse on Walden Avenue for a new regional distribution center. The facility is expected to open later this year and will add up to 500 new jobs. The 525,000-square-foot warehouse had previously been occupied by supermarket company Ahold USA. (June 5,2017-The buffalo news)

Amazon has confirmed that the online retailer will be opening a distribution center in Lancaster. A company spokeswoman said the company will launch what it calls a “sortation center” in the vacant warehouse. The distribution center will be the company’s second in New York State and will focus on sorting packages to speed up delivery times. Several hundred new jobs will be created after it opens later this year. The company has already posted job openings online. (June 13, 2017-the buffalo news)

Strategic Financial Solutions, a New York City-based debt consolidation company, plans to open an office in Amherst (Erie County) later this year. The company, founded in 2007, has about 500 employees in its New York City office. The debt consolidation firm plans to start in a temporary space next month and then move into its permanent space later this summer. The company plans to hire 150 people in its first year, but aims to ultimately add a total of 1,500 jobs over the next five years. (June 6, 2017-The buffalo news)

North Tonawanda industrial equipment maker An-Cor Industrial Plastics will add 23 jobs at its facility. The company, which will also retain 45 more jobs, plans to invest $439,000 in upgrades to its plant. Currently the company manufactures fiberglass tanks, pipes, scrubbers, ductwork and stacks to handle corrosive chemicals and fumes. The company will expand its product line to include dual laminate tanks and pipes which will require the purchase of new machinery and equipment. An-Cor expects to complete the upgrades by 2022. (June 9-The buffalo news)

Uniland Development has proposed building a $10.8 million Hampton by Hilton hotel in the Northtown Center in Amherst (Erie County). The project would create 110 construction jobs and 20 permanent jobs. (June 12, 2017-The buffalo news)

The Buffalo Employment and Training Center and the Buffalo Public Schools’ Nurse’s Aide Training Program have asked the Buffalo Urban Development Corp. about joining them in their East Side light-industrial hub. If they proceed, they would join the Western New York Workforce Training Center and Buffalo Manufacturing Works. The Workforce Training Center is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative. (June 30, 2017-The buffalo News)


LAYOFFS AND CLOSINGS

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IEH Auto Parts, which does business as Auto Plus, will begin laying off employees on September 1st and finish the cuts at the end of that month. The automotive replacement parts company is closing an Amherst office and will consolidate its functions into its larger corporate offices, eliminating 38 jobs. The company has filed a WARN notice with the state Labor Department and where possible employees will be offered employment at an alternative location. (June 13-The Buffalo news)

The latest Kmart store closing in the Western New York region is located in Olean (Cattaraugus County). The store will begin its liquidation sales this week and will close in mid-September. The company has declined to indicate how many people are employed but did say eligible employees will receive severance and may apply for open positions at other Sears or Kmart stores. There are six remaining Kmart locations in the area. (June 23, 2016-The Buffalo News)


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