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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.

Thomas J. Hook, the Integer Holdings Corp. CEO who moved the former Greatbatch Ltd.'s headquarters from Clarence to Texas, has resigned as the medical products manufacturer's president and CEO. Hook's resignation after 11 years as Integer's CEO and 13 years after he joined the company caused the company's stock to tumble by 6 percent, or $2.60, to $38.10 per share on Mo…

Tesla Inc. plans to start taking orders in April for the solar roof shingles that it will begin making at its South Buffalo solar panel factory later this year, Elon Musk said Friday. Tesla unveiled four different designs for solar shingles at an event in Hollywood last October, but the electric vehicle maker still has not disclosed pricing details. The roof product is …

When it comes to technology jobs, the Buffalo Niagara region still is one of the industry’s backwaters. That’s a problem, because employment in the technology sector across the country is booming, growing roughly three times faster than the overall pace of U.S. job growth. Even worse, at a time of such rapid growth nationwide, the Buffalo Niagara region’s techn…

Gibraltar Industries has promoted Timothy Murphy to replace the retiring Kenneth Smith as chief financial officer of the Hamburg-based building products manufacturer. Murphy, 53, has worked at Gibraltar since 2004 and has been its treasurer since 2013. Before that, he was a senior manager at accounting firm KPMG. He has a bachelor's degree and a master's in business adm…

A plan to create a more self-contained power grid on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus that would enable it to better maintain operations during blackouts moved forward Thursday when the state awarded nearly $1 million in funding to the project. The Medical Campus plan was one of 11 projects statewide to win funding from a state-sponsored program to encourage the devel…

Buffalo Niagara employers are on a hiring spree to start 2017. The region added 7,000 jobs during February, buoyed by a flurry of hiring at local financial services firms, health and social services companies and temporary help agencies, the state Labor Department said Thursday. The February hiring spurt, which added jobs at a 1.3 percent annual pace, followed a stro…

The former Linde Air Manufacturing complex on Chandler Street is set to become an incubator for companies that are part of the Start-Up NY tax incentive program. The $10.6 million project by developer Rocco Termini will convert the building, which was built in the early 1900s and has been vacant for 14 years, into incubator space that initially will house four start-up …

The $24 million Curtiss Hotel is getting an addition $466,000 in tax breaks through the Erie County Industrial Development Agency to reflect the rising cost of converting the Franklin Street site into a 67-room upscale boutique hotel. The cost of the hotel project has jumped by more than $6 million since the IDA initially approved $575,000 in sales tax breaks for the ho…

A scaled-back redevelopment plan for the former Trico Building – one without the Buffalo Culinary School originally expected to be a key tenant for the project – will receive nearly $310,000 less in tax breaks from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency. The agency on Wednesday revised its incentive package for the $80 million project to reflect the changes…

Moog Inc. is getting $3.6 million in tax breaks from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency for a $32.6 million expansion project that is expected to create 42 new jobs at the motion control equipment maker's Elma campus. Moog, one of the Buffalo Niagara region's biggest employers with 2,500 workers locally, plans to build a 95,000-square-foot addition to its air…

Jeremy Jacobs Sr. is the only billionaire who the Buffalo Niagara region can truly call its own. The Delaware North Cos. concessions magnate had a good year in 2016, with his net worth rising by an estimated $300 million to $4.3 billion. That was good enough to rank 402nd on a new list of the world's billionaires released Monday by Forbes magazine. Jacobs is in elite…

How much is solar power worth? For years, that nagging question has been at the center of a longstanding disagreement between the solar energy industry, which needs higher prices to compete with electricity produced with fossil fuels, and utilities seeking lower prices to end what they see as subsidies for an uncompetitive power source. New York utility regulators be…

Synacor Inc. reported a much larger fourth-quarter loss after the Buffalo-based internet content provider made big investments as it geared up for the launch of a major new contract to run AT&T’s internet portal. The loss, which was 10 times bigger than Synacor's loss during the fourth quarter of last year, was in line with analyst forecasts and mostly stemmed fro…

Bigger losses at its cutlery business led to a 73 percent drop in fourth-quarter profits at Servotronics Inc., the Elma knife and motion control equipment manufacturer said. Servotronics said its profits fell to $125,000, or 6 cents per share, from $461,000, or 21 cents per share, a year ago, as earnings also weakened in its motion control equipment business. The com…