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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.


Fig Loans is bowing out of the 43North finals. Moving Analytics, a San Francisco startup that is developing an app for use in cardiac rehabilitation, is taking its place as one of the business plan competition's 16 finalists. Fig Loans, a New York City startup that offered short-term loans to customers with poor credit at rates that were lower than those on highly contr…

The cost of buying and getting a nearly 150-acre portion of the former Bethlehem Steel property in Lackawanna ready for re-use as an industrial park is going up by more than 10 percent. The reason: Putting a protective layer over the contaminated property will cost about $700,000 more than expected because development officials have decided to use more expensive top soi…

ITT-Enidine is getting more than $160,000 in sales and property tax breaks through the Erie County Industrial Development Agency for its $1.2 million project to expand the size of its Orchard Park factory by about 10 percent. The project will build an 11,000-square-foot addition to the company's 100,000-square-foot factory at 7 Centre Road. The expansion will expand the…

Thin Man Brewery is getting a $1.7 million low-interest loan through an affiliate of the Erie County Industrial Development Agency to help finance a $5.4 million project to relocate the craft brewery to a larger facility that will be part of a business incubator on Chandler Street. The loan will help Thin Man Brewery, owned by Bridget Termini and Suzanne Shatzel, to buy…

SolarCity has agreed to pay $29.5 million to settle allegations that it lied to the federal government by submitting inflated claims through a solar energy stimulus program, the Justice Department said Friday. The settlement resolves a federal investigation that has been underway since 2012 into allegations that SolarCity submitted thousands of claims that overstated th…

A Facebook executive and the former CEO of the Huffington Post will be among the seven judges who will pick the winners of next month's 43North business plan competition. The judges will listen to two-minute pitches from each of the 10 finalists and then have five minutes to ask them questions during the contest's finals, which will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 5 in Shea's Perf…

The Buffalo Niagara job market is tight. But it’s far from hot. New federal job data is painting a more detailed picture of the local labor market, and that picture has elements of good news and bad news. The good news is that wage growth is finally starting to heat up after barely rising faster than inflation for most of the last five years, pay jumped in a big wa…

One of the prize winners in the 43North business plan competition in 2014 is on the verge of being acquired by a British investment company in a deal worth nearly $11 million. HemoGenyx, a New York City company that is developing new types of treatment patients undergoing bone marrow transplants or blood stem cell treatments, is being acquired by a British company, Silv…

The year-long upswing in manufacturing across the Buffalo Niagara region stretched into August, but the pace of that growth cooled. "The numbers for August were not quite as positive as those for July but still indicate expansion overall," said Randy Cragun, the Niagara University economist who compiles the monthly report on local manufacturing activity for the Institut…

The Buffalo Niagara unemployment rate keeps creeping higher. The local jobless rate rose to 5.2 percent during August, up from 4.9 percent a year ago, the state Labor Department said Tuesday. The region's unemployment rate now has increased for five straight months as the pace of hiring locally has cooled, although jobless levels still are hovering around a 10-year l…

The sign is up – and, as expected, it's Tesla, not SolarCity. The electric car maker has put its mark on the sprawling South Park Avenue solar factory as it starts looking for production workers that will eventually make solar roof shingles inside the plant. The sign sports the branding of Tesla, which bought SolarCity last year. But for now, it is Panasonic tha…

Bak USA, the Buffalo tablet computer maker with a social conscience, is starting to look like a real business. The company last week secured another $10 million investment from B. Thomas Golisano, the billionaire founder of Paychex and the former owner of the Buffalo Sabres, who has made three separate investments in Bak USA totaling $30 million since the venture in soc…

A Buffalo manufacturer on Friday said it will move 43 jobs from Vermont to Buffalo as it shifts operations of a medical device maker it bought in 2015. Graphic Controls on Friday announced it plans to move the jobs and operations of its Vermed facility in Bellows Falls, Vt., to Buffalo. The move will shift production of electrocardiogram electrodes to Graphic Control…

The summer slump in the Buffalo Niagara region's job market stretched into August. The region added jobs in August at just a 0.2 percent annualized pace last month – less than a quarter of last year's growth rate – as new data from the state labor Department showed that a stretch of tepid hiring that began in March now has moved into its sixth month. Lo…

The 43North business plan competition is gearing up to select the latest crop of winners in the $5 million contest. This year, organizers are hoping to add more drama to the contest’s finals, which will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 5 in Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo. Instead of just three companies making a pitch for the $1 million grand prize and …