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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.

Erie County is taking the first step toward turning a significant portion of the long-abandoned Bethlehem Steel site from an industrial wasteland into an industrial park. With a deal in place for the Erie County Industrial Development Agency to acquire nearly 148 acres of land along Route 5 from Dona Street to the south and just beyond Ridge Road to the north, county of…

The conversion of the long-vacant Garden Village Plaza in Cheektowaga into a new $20 million warehouse and distribution complex got a boost Wednesday when the Erie County Industrial Development Agency approved $2.5 million in tax breaks for the project. Benderson Development plans to demolish about half of the plaza and renovate the rest into a four-building complex at …

A drug outsourcing company in the Town of Tonawanda is getting $1.2 million in tax breaks from the Erie County Industrial Development Agency to build a $5.6 million manufacturing facility in the Riverview Solar Technology Park. The 25,000-square-foot facility for Pine Pharmaceuticals will include several clean rooms and will provide the company with nearly six times the…

All it took was a $16,000 check to end the Erie County Industrial Development Agency's dilemma over whether or not it should claw back tax breaks from the Town of Tonawanda manufacturer after a slump in its key energy markets caused it to break its job creation promises. After months of debate over whether to claw back all of the tax breaks from the company, rescind onl…

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…