David Robinson

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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.

CTG stock jumped by 8 percent on Tuesday after new CEO Bud Crumlish indicated the Buffalo information technology company may be poised to stop a four-year skid in sales after posting better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings. Continued softness in its health care solutions business caused CTG's fourth-quarter profits to fall by more than half and its revenues to drop…

Orchard Park envelope manufacturer Quality Park Products plans to close its factory by mid-June, putting 111 employees out of work. Quality Park Products plans to begin firing workers on March 1 and continue reducing the work force at its factory at 100 Centre Drive through mid-May, the company said in a filing with the state Labor Department. The company cited econo…

Delays on some aerospace programs caused Astronics Corp.'s fourth-quarter profits to fall by 29 percent as sales slipped, but CEO Peter Gundermann said Friday he expects earnings and revenue to rebound this year. The fourth quarter "was a little bit weaker than we wanted," Gundermann said during a conference call. While Gundermann said the current quarter is likely to b…

Moog Inc. has agreed to buy the rotary transfer systems business of Morgan Advanced Materials in a $42 million deal that will expand its components group's product line and broaden its European presence. The acquisition will add a business that makes electromechanical systems that are used to transfer current, signals and data in devices or structures that rotate. The t…

Gibraltar Industries' stock dropped 9 percent in late afternoon trading Friday after company warned that its first-quarter would be weaker than analysts expected and that its profits for all of 2017 could lag behind forecasts. Gibraltar Industries said it lost $7.7 million during the fourth quarter because of the sale of its bar grating business, but the Hamburg buildin…

In business, breaking up is not only hard, it’s expensive. Adam Pratt, the president of Town of Tonawanda fastener manufacturer Sherex Fastening Solutions, is learning that the hard way. His relationship with James Pickren, Sherex’s minority owner, turned sour just a year after Pickren was named as the company’s CEO, roiling relationships with staff and eventua…

Life Storage's earnings rose by 30 percent during the fourth quarter as higher rent and rising occupancy at its self storage facilities helped the Amherst-based company's profits top analyst forecasts. Life Storage, which was known as Sovran Self Storage until its $1.3 billion Life Storage acquisition in July, had funds from operations of $60.7 million, or $1.31 per…

ClearView Social, a Buffalo social media analytics startup, has signed its first local law firm as a client, Colligan Law in Buffalo. ClearView Social's services are designed to make it easier for companies to share content from social media and position them as being knowledgeable in their area of specialization, while also encouraging interaction with clients and pote…

Former First Niagara Financial Group CEO John Koelmel is joining OnCore Golf as the new president of the fledgling Buffalo golf ball manufacturer. Koelmel joins OnCore as it is gearing up for the release of its Elixr tour golf ball next month – a key step in the company's push to broaden its product line beyond its low compression Avant ball and its Caliber ball, whi…

University at Buffalo President Satish Tripathi is stepping down as co-chairman of the Western New York Regional Development Council after nearly six years as the top academic representative on the panel. Virginia S. Horvath, president of SUNY Fredonia State and a member of the council since 2015, has been named to replace Tripathi as co-chairman of the council. The …

Buffalo Niagara manufacturers are off to a hot start in 2017. With production ramping up and new orders pouring in at a brisk pace, the region's manufacturers opened 2017 with their strongest monthly growth in two years, a new survey of local purchasing managers found. The January gain was further evidence of a turnaround at local manufacturers, reversing a seven-mon…

On the surface, things are looking up for the Buffalo Niagara job market. Unemployment has been hovering around 5 percent, not far from what it was before the last recession. Job growth has picked up a little. But not all jobs are created equal, and the skills that employers are looking for today aren’t necessarily the same that they were seeking a decade ago. That…

The solar energy industry's rapid growth across the country continued in 2016 – but not in New York. While the solar industry's job growth topped 20 percent for the fourth straight year in 2016, New York actually lost solar energy jobs last year – a decline officials blamed on delays in launching an initiative to encourage the development of community solar projec…

Frank L. Ciminelli II is now the leader of LPCiminelli Inc., the Buffalo contractor founded by his grandfather more than a half century ago. Ciminelli's position was solidified Monday when the company announced that his father, LPCiminelli Chairman and CEO Louis Ciminelli, resigned as he faces corruption charges stemming from an alleged bid-rigging scheme at the Buffalo…

Three top LPCiminelli executives facing corruption charges over an alleged bid-rigging scheme for a lucrative contract to build a solar panel factory in South Buffalo have resigned from the Buffalo contractor. Louis P. Ciminelli, the chief executive officer of the Buffalo construction firm, and two of his top aides, Kevin Schuler and Michael Laipple, have stepped down a…