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On the Record / April 24, 2012

>Hires/Promotions/Honors

Western New York Rheumatology Center, an Amherst-based private medical practice of Dr. Sunita Chadha, recently named Kathleen Cloutier nurse practitioner. Cloutier has a master's degree from Daemen College and is board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She has 24 years of nursing experience at FDR Medical Services and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

Power Drives, a Buffalo-based designer and manufacturer of custom hose and tubes for original-equipment manufacturers, named Dan Metz business development manager. Metz, who had been senior project and account manager at Jiffy-Tite, earned an MBA from Lawrence Technological University and a bachelor's degree from William Tyndale College.

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>Company items

Harper International, a Lancaster-based provider of thermal processing solutions for advanced materials, finalized a contract with a client in Brazil for a research-scale carbon fiber processing line. The system will be used largely for investigation into the use of carbon fiber, as well as to expand the local knowledge base and proficiency at the university level.

Silicon Wolves Computing Society became the newest business at the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator. The company is a developer of consumer-friendly, high-performance computing systems and a manufacturer of advanced workstations and computer gaming solutions. The company recently relocated to the incubator from Anaheim, Calif.

Applied Sciences Group, a Cheektowaga software engineering and systems integration firm, was selected as a Siemens Solution Partner. This enables ASG to provide its manufacturing clients with an unmatched combination of automation technology, industrial control technology and industrial software. ASG is one of only three companies in New York State to have earned the Siemens Solution Partner distinction.

Dr. Joseph Falcone, a Buffalo orthopedic surgeon, has opened Empire Orthopaedics, a new private medical practice in the Windsong Radiology Building in Amherst. For information or to make an appointment, call 632-1212 or visit www.empireorthopaedics.com.

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>Contributing

The Johnson Foundation recently presented a $6,674 grant to WCA Hospital in Jamestown for the purchase of a gas convection oven to support meal preparation for the Southern Chautauqua County Meals on Wheels program.

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>Patents

Title: "Drywall trowel"

No.: 8,151,405

Inventor: Giannantonio, Nicholas (Tonawanda)

Date issued: April 10, 2012