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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.

When former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Jerry Butler was forming his construction company six years ago, affirmative action programs helped his firm win some of its first contracts.But Wednesday, two days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an affirmative action program in Richmond, Va., that set aside construction jobs for minority businesses, Butler said the de…

Lucki-Urban Inc., the local furniture and appliance company that has been a fixture in the Broadway-Fillmore business district for 42 years, will close its store at 881 Broadway, a company official said Tuesday.Lucki-Urban, which has not set a date to close its Broadway store, disclosed its decision about one year after the company opened a suburban store in Depew.Joh…

Highland Superstores Inc., a Michigan appliance store chain, plans to enter the highly competitive Buffalo market with three stores during the second half of this year, the company's president said Tuesday.Eugene Mondry, president and chief executive officer of the Plymouth, Mich.-based chain, refused to say where the stores would be located because he is not sure if …

HERE WE go again -- maybe.Ten months after local realtors flew off in a tizzy about County Executive Gorski's ill-fated attempt to more than triple the local real estate transfer tax, Gov. Cuomo now proposes to give county and local governments the chance to effectively double that tax.Once again, though, local officials say the move doesn't stand much of a chance in…

Despite the shock of losing their jobs at Moog Inc. three days ago, some of the company's former workers Friday had mostly good things to say about the Elma defense contractor."It's devastating," said Bob Czech, who was among the 192 employees whose jobs were eliminated in a cost-cutting program announced Wednesday. "I came to this company with hopes of retiring here,…

A Syracuse company that announced plans this summer to build a $32 million steel mini-mill in one of that city's suburbs now is considering a competing proposal from a Buffalo-area developer to open the plant in Depew.Cass Kurzinski, president of AMB Technology Inc., said his company may build the steel mill in the former Dresser Industries Inc. complex in Depew, but …

When George Bush's inaugural celebration moves into full swing tonight with a star-studded, nationally televised gala, a Buffalo company will be serving all of the 8,000 invited guests.In all, Sportservice Corp., a subsidiary the Buffalo-based Delaware North Cos. Inc., will be catering four of the 16 official inaugural events that are scheduled from today through Sund…

The big boom in housing prices last year wasn't quite as impressive as it sometimes looked, but it still was enough to make all but the greediest homeowners happy.The latest statistics from the Greater Buffalo Board of Realtors show that the average price of a home in Erie County rose 9.5 percent last year -- more than double the rate of inflation.And with the average…

AFTER SPEEDING along for the last three years, the local housing industry appears to be headed for a slowdown in 1989.At least that's what real estate experts are saying, after gazing into their crystal balls for their annual guess about how the new year will shape up.Although almost all industry experts discount the theory that housing markets are due for a crash in …

Style Craft Home Inc. Friday received approval from the state Job Development Authority for a $617,840 loan to help the Akron modular home manufacturer build a new facility in the Town of Alden.Style Craft plans to begin construction this spring on a 65,000-square-foot building, located on 10.7 acres of vacant land near the intersection of Route 20 and Sullivan Road, …

A local developer said Wednesday he plans to construct a five-building commercial park off California Road in Orchard Park.Robert Meininger of ADS Development, a construction and development firm, said he wants to finish building the park, which will be designed for light industrial and office and warehouse use, by the end of the year.The commercial park that Meininge…

A seasonal slowdown hit businesses in the Niagara Frontier during December, as the area's general business conditions dipped for the second straight month, the Purchasing Management Association of Buffalo said Tuesday."The general business conditions continue to drop as predicted through December," said Robert E. Schenk, chairman of the group's business survey committ…

IF HOMEOWNERS are riding high on the crest of double-digit price increases, then landlords are just treading water.The average price of single-family homes in Erie County has shot up by a little more than 10 percent per year since 1982, but rents have increased by only about half as much, landlords say."Rents are not keeping pace and I think that's partly because of w…

A Buffalo law firm has dropped its plans to build a five-story office building near Niagara Square because the project was not economically feasible, one of the partners said Friday."It was a business judgment based on the cost (of construction) per square foot," said Richard Lipsitz, a partner with Lipsitz, Green, Fahringer, Roll, Schuller & James. "It was more econo…

An eight-screen cinema for second-run movies and a Sears, Roebuck & Co. outlet store for damaged and outdated furniture and appliances are scheduled to open in the former Western New York Industrial Park on Elmwood Avenue in North Buffalo.Super Saver Cinema Eight, a discount theater chain owned by Movie One Theaters Inc. of El Paso, Texas, plans to begin construction …