David Robinson, The Buffalo News - Page 2 of 509
print logo

David Robinson

Editor

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.

Tesla Inc. plans to start taking orders for its solar roof on Wednesday, Elon Musk tweeted today. The long-awaited solar roof is expected to be a major product for the SolarCity factory that is expected to begin production of solar products later this year. Taking orders for the solar roof is the first step in gearing up for production to start. The first solar roofs…

Dennis W. Elsenbeck, who was National Grid's longtime leader in the Buffalo Niagara region, has joined law firm Phillips Lytle as head of a newly created energy consulting service. Kenneth M. Kujawa has been named to replace Elsenbeck as National Grid's regional executive in Buffalo, a utility spokesman said. Elsenbeck, who retired from National Grid at the end o…

YFS Pharma, a Cheektowaga drug development business, is getting $500,000 in state tax credits for a $2.6 million project to build a new pharmaceutical manufacturing facility. YFS Pharma is part of You First Services, a company that was created four years ago to help develop and sell technology that came out of the laboratory but hasn't been commercialized because of a l…

Buffalo biotech company Athenex has raised $20 million from investors through a debt offering, the firm said in a filing with federal securities regulators. The latest fundraising by the company comes as New York state last month released $200 million in promised funding for the company's plans to build a 315,000-square-foot, drug manufacturing facility in Dunkirk. In r…

Bak USA has launched its latest computer – a 2-in-1 laptop and tablet built for classroom use – that will be sold in Microsoft Store locations. The second-generation Atlas computer, aimed at students from kindergarten to grade 12, is designed to be durable while also including features like a built-in handle, an attached stylus, a camera that can rotate 180 degrees …

National Fuel Gas CEO Ronald J. Tanski, stung by the rejection of a major pipeline expansion project and a steep reduction in the size of a utility rate increase request over the past month, told analysts Friday that the Amherst-based energy company is "getting lousy regulatory treatment in New York State." Tanski's unusually pointed comments came during a conference ca…

As 43North turns 4, the organizers of the $5 million business plan competition are getting picky. And it’s mainly because they think they can. As the contest has matured and established itself within the entrepreneurial community, 43North’s organizers last year shifted from a sweeping approach aimed at collecting as many applicants as they can, to a more measured…

Gibraltar Industries executives expected a tough first quarter. That's exactly what they got. The Hamburg-based building products manufacturer's profits slid by 56 percent, while its sales slid by 13 percent, largely because of Gibraltar's sale of its U.S. bar grating business and European industrial and solar racking units. Its renewable energy and conservation busines…

As Tesla Inc. gears up to start making solar panels at its massive factory in Buffalo, its SolarCity business is slowing down. A lot. The company disclosed new details Wednesday about its shrinking solar energy business and how Tesla is reshaping its solar operations in a changing market. The numbers weren't pretty, either. SolarCity installed 39 percent less sola…

Astronics Corp.'s first-quarter earnings rose by 1 percent as the East Aurora aerospace company's sales softened, but its profits still managed to top analyst forecasts by a comfortable margin. Astronics also lowered its sales forecast for this year, blaming project delays and increased pricing pressure as some of its markets soften. "We are facing some headwinds alo…

Life Storage's earnings rose by 30 percent during the first quarter, buoyed by higher rents and rising occupancy at its self storage facilities, but the increase wasn't as big as analysts were expecting and the company cut its earnings forecast for the year. The Amherst-based company, which was known as Sovran Self Storage until its $1.3 billion Life Sto…

Federal securities regulators are investigating whether SolarCity has adequately disclosed how many customers canceled contracts, the Wall Street Journal reported. The Securities and Exchange Commission is probing whether SolarCity, the nation's largest installer of residential rooftop solar, and one of its competitors, Sunrun Inc., have done enough to disclose to inves…

The SolarCity solar panel factory in South Buffalo remains on track to begin production this summer, with an initial focus on making the solar roofing tiles that company officials hope will turn into a signature product. Tesla Inc., which acquired the solar energy systems installer in November, said Wednesday that it expects to start making solar roofing tiles on a limi…

I-Evolve Technology Services has agreed to buy a business segment of information technology firm Crossfuze that provides managed services to large corporate clients. The acquisition of Crossfuze's SMB Managed Services division is the eighth purchase by Amherst-based I-Evolve, which will have 32 employees after the deal closes. “It accelerates our growth plans, give…

Sumitomo Rubber USA's $87 million plan to double the tire production capacity of its Town of Tonawanda factory is getting an allocation of cheap hydropower from the New York Power Authority. The authority approved the allocation of 1.5-megawatts of low-cost hydropower for an expansion that will allow Sumitomo to increase its passenger tire capacity to 10,000 tires a day…