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David Robinson

David Robinson is the deputy business editor for The News, where has worked since graduating from Syracuse University in 1985. A New Hampshire native, he started out in the News' Tonawanda bureau and moved into the business news department in October 1987, exactly a week after the stock market crash.


There's no disputing that the Buffalo Niagara region isn't Silicon Valley. It's not even close. But officials at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus are hoping to shine a spotlight on the region's undersized tech sector and try to give it a boost by hosting a global contest for the technology industry's top developers, designers and data scientists in October. The …

Ellicott Development is getting $225,000 in tax breaks for its $7.2 million project to renovate the the Buffalo Christian Center at 512 Pearl St. as part of a larger, $75 million project to build a new 12-story building on the same block. Ellicott, owned by Carl and William Paladino, received sales and mortgage recording tax breaks from the Erie County Industrial Develo…

The Western New York Foreign Trade Zone in Lackawanna is getting nearly $360,000 in tax breaks through the Erie County Industrial Development Agency for a $1.8 million expansion project. The trade zone plans to build a 20,000-square-foot addition to its existing warehouse operations at 10 Gates Ave., which are at full capacity. The trade zone's customers – 60 perce…

Developer Rocco Termini is getting more than $94,000 in tax breaks for his $4.7 million project to convert an old industrial building on Chandler Street into the new home of Thin Man Brewery and a business incubator. The Erie County Industrial Development Agency on Wednesday approved the sales and mortgage tax breaks for Termini's project to renovate a long-vacant and f…

Back in January 2016, when the Erie County Industrial Development Agency approved tax breaks for Gordon Restaurant Market in North Buffalo, the plan was for the store to be a wholesale supplier for restaurants and local foodservice firms, open only to people affiliated with a restaurant. But not long after the store opened last October, Gordon shifted gears at the Elmwo…

Seven Buffalo Niagara pediatric offices are being combined into a single practice the Medical Health Associates of Western New York. The new practice will have 50 health care providers, including 35 physicians, and 200 support staff members. The merger was the result of more than two years of discussion. The combined practice will be led by Dr. Colleen Mattimore,  t…

The unemployment rate in the Buffalo Niagara region keeps creeping higher. The local jobless rate rose to 5.3 percent in July, up from 5 percent a year ago, as fewer local workers held jobs and more said they couldn't find employment, the state Labor Department said Tuesday. The local jobless rate has increased for four straight months as the pace of job growth acros…

Can we get people to move here? That’s the big question as the Buffalo Niagara region’s job market finally is starting to heat up after decades of disappointment that sent a generation of young Western New Yorkers fleeing for better opportunities elsewhere. Things have changed for the better over the last few years. Young people are starting to stick around, and …

The Buffalo Niagara region's already sluggish job growth slowed to a crawl during July. With fewer jobs at the region's financial services firms, factories and construction sites than there were a year ago, the Buffalo Niagara metro area added just 100 jobs from July 2016 to July 2017, according to preliminary data released Thursday by the state Labor Department. The…

Elma motion control equipment and cutlery maker Servotronics Inc. is holding a job fair on Aug. 25 and Aug. 26, seeking candidates for 30 new positions it is trying to fill. The openings range from entry-level positions to skilled labor, such as CNC operators, and professional positions, including information technology and engineering posts. The company has openings fo…

Graham Corp.'s first-quarter profits strengthened, even as softness in its key oil refining market led to a 7 percent drop in sales. The Batavia heat transfer equipment maker's profits improved because of "solid productivity at low production volumes," said James R. Lines, Graham's president and CEO. Graham's profits rose to $935,000, or 10 cents per share, compared …

National Fuel Gas's profits during the third quarter topped analyst forecasts slightly, but the Amherst-based energy company also warned that low natural gas prices will take a toll on its profits next year. National Fuel's operating profits rose by 3 percent to $59.7 million, or 69 cents per share, compared with $58.1 million, or 68 cents per share, a year ago, excludi…

The already tight Buffalo Niagara job market is on the verge of getting even tighter. While hiring has been sluggish through the first half of this year, the pace is likely to accelerate through the end of the year as companies such as Panasonic and Strategic Financial Solutions look to bring on upwards of 300 full-time workers. There will be plenty of opportunities …

Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk has a message for skeptics who don’t think the company will keep its promises to open a massive solar panel factory in South Buffalo that ultimately will employ nearly 1,500 people: Our word is good. Musk said Tesla is going to live up to its pledges in Buffalo by directly addressing critics who doubt that the electric vehicle maker will meet …

Life Storage's second-quarter earnings rose by 11 percent, but the self storage facility operator's stock fell by 2 percent Thursday morning because the increase wasn't as robust as analysts expected. Life Storage said its funds from operations – a key measure of profitability for a real estate investment trust – rose to $61.6 million, or $1.33 per share, excluding …