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On the Record / January 19, 2007

Hires / Promotions / Honors

Calspan Corp., a Cheektowaga technology company, named Paul Szalach director of Calspan Innovations, a company launched by Calspan to encourage its staff to patent new ideas but keep them in-house under a separate corporate banner. Previously, Szalach worked in business development as a product line manager at Delphi. He holds an MBA from the University at Buffalo.

Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau named Doug Sitler communications manager. Sitler has more than 13 years of communications experience. He recently served as marketing manager for Ronald McDonald House of Buffalo. Sitler is a graduate of Buffalo State College and Jamestown Community College.

Morgan Stanley Global Wealth Management Group senior vice president Fred Rickan has joined its Wealth Advisor Group. Rickan has been with Morgan Stanley since 1984.

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Company items

Buffalo Lube Associates, operator of 16 Valvoline Instant Oil Change service centers in Niagara, Erie and Chautauqua counties, presented the 2006 Center of the Year Award to the Orchard Park Service Center, 3280 Orchard Park Road, in recognition of its outstanding performance and customer service.

The EMS Group, a partnership of Emerling Agency, McMahon Agency and Stahlka Agency, presented Peerless Insurance Co. with its 2006 Company of Excellence Award.

Conbrio Design, a corporate branding and Web solutions designer in Buffalo, recently launched new client Web sites for Turnpike Global Technologies, NutriCyte Corp., and infoTech Niagara.

Quality Equipment Distributors, a subsidiary of Quality Inspection Services, was awarded a military contract to provide X-ray film and process chemicals for the manufacturing and performance of radiographic testing at the Indian Head Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Maryland. QED is located at 70 Benpro Park, Depew.

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Contributing

HSBC Bank presented a $15,000 Volunteer Alliance grant to Junior Achievement of Western New York to teach local students the economics of life through JA's business, economic, and work force preparation programs.

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Patents

Title: "Gas metal arc welding of coated steels and shielding gas therefor"

No.: 7,161,109

Inventors: Neff, Jeremy B. (Lockport); Lyttle, Kevin A. (Williamsville)

Assignee: Praxair Technology (Danbury, Conn.)

Date issued: Jan. 9, 2007

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