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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.


E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co. said Thursday it plans to phase out its Niagara Falls electronics facility and shift those operations to one of its plants in Puerto Rico.Although the electronics facility currently employs 140 workers, "it appears that most" of those workers "could be employed in other Du Pont operations in the Niagara area," said Gerald Ehrman, plant ma…

Coming off a "poor" year that saw profits fall 58 percent at Comptek Research Inc., the chairman of the Buffalo-based defense contractor predicted Wednesday that the company will do better during the current fiscal year."Despite our poor financial showing in fiscal year 1989, I'd like to leave you with the impression that we're turning things around," Jack E. Wagner, …

Coming off a "poor" year that saw profits fall 58 percent at Comptek Research Inc., the chairman of the Buffalo-based defense contractor predicted Wednesday that the company will do better during the current fiscal year."Despite our poor financial showing in fiscal year 1989, I'd like to leave you with the impression that we're turning things around," Jack E. Wagner, …

If all goes according to plan, Western New York soon will find out if two "mega-malls" are one too many.And with a Buffalo company proposing to build what it claims to be the world's largest factory outlet mall in downtown Niagara Falls, the area also may find out whether nearly 2 million square feet of factory outlet retail space is too much for one city.Niagara Fall…

FIXED MORTGAGE rates are sliding back into the single digits, and already, homeowners are starting to think about refinancing their home loans.With fixed rates at their lowest level in 16 months after dropping nearly 1 1/4 percentage points since April, most of the enthusiasm for refinancing is coming from homeowners with older adjustable-rate loans, which now are m…

Benderson Development Co.'s plan to build what it claims will be the world's largest factory outlet mall in downtown Niaga ra Falls still must clear several major hurdles before construction can begin.Among the more important issues that still need to be settled is how the $111 million project will be financed and whether the state, city and Niagara County will be abl…

Benderson Development Co. this morning outlined plans to build what it described as the world's largest factory outlet mall in downtown Niagara Falls.Gov. Cuomo was expected to use his visit to Niagara Falls today to outline the state's involvement in the Benderson proposal to build a major shopping mall on the downtown site where the Ghermezian brothers once consider…

A Rochester hotel firm is interested in building three "super-budget" hotels in the area, offering rooms for about $25 a night, a company executive said.Microtel Franchise and Development Corp. is negotiating to purchase property near the Greater Buffalo International Airport in Cheektowaga and the University at Buffalo in Amherst, said George Justus, the company's se…

WILLIAM H. Merrill remembers getting a call from a home buyer who was interested in a house on Grand Island that looked nice, except for some soft spots on the floor and some "funny little gray spots" on the walls.When Merrill, a Williamsville home inspector, went through the house to check on its condition, it didn't take him long to find out that the floor had soft …

Marine Midland Bank said Tuesday it will shift its national credit card services operations from Wilmington, Del., to Buffalo in a move that will add about 130 jobs to the downtown work force.By combining the credit card unit's Delaware and Buffalo customer-service and bill-processing operations, Marine executives said they hope to reduce operating expenses and improv…

Boosted by a sharp increase in revenue, Cellular Products Inc., a Buffalo-based producer of blood-testing kits, Monday reported a smaller loss during the fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal year ending March 31.The company said it lost $285,528, or 4 cents a share, from January through March, compared to a loss of $597,999, or 8 cents a share, during the same period last…

When it comes to mobile home park developments, towns and villages all over Erie County are deciding it's better to be safe than sorry.As a result, at least four Western New York towns -- Hamburg, Orchard Park, Grand Island and Eden -- are tightening their zoning laws covering new mobile home parks.In three of those towns -- Eden, Orchard Park and Hamburg -- officials…

Benderson Development Co. of Buffalo is proposing to build a major factory outlet shopping mall in Niagara Falls on the same site the Ghermezian brothers once considered for a $1.2 billion "mega-mall," sources said.The proposed mall, which would have 1 million to 1.2 million square feet of space, would be close in size to the $100 million Walden Galleria in Cheektowag…

Thanks to some new state legislation passed this weekend, SONYMA soon will be able to offer cut-rate mortgages to middle-income home buyers who previously couldn't qualify for the loan program.Under the legislation, which Gov. Cuomo is expected to sign, the State of New York Mortgage Agency will receive a new funding source that will allow it to offer loans to a more …