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Matt Glynn has been a business reporter with The Buffalo News since 2000. He is a native of Youngstown, N.Y., and lives in Buffalo.


It's crunch time for choosing a summer camp, but don't panic. You still have time to line up a fun experience for your kids.Maybe you were a camper yourself once upon a time. Your kids would love going to the same place you did, right? Hold the checkbook. People in the camp business say that's exactly the sort of question you need to answer before making a choice.Summer ca…

Wayne Litchfield of Holley ordered a Chrysler PT Cruiser in February, before he even test-drove one of the head-turning hot rods.He usually buys a car for practical reasons and drives it for 10 years. He swears he loves his current ride, a '95 Dodge Neon, and admits it has served him well.But the PT Cruiser captured his imagination when he saw it last year in TV coverage o…

Delphi Harrison Thermal Systems employees in Lockport have been told the plant isn't meeting its financial goals and they need to concentrate on helping make it a more profitable place.Parent company Delphi Automotive Systems has directed the Lockport site to come up with a plan in the next 30 days for achieving those goals, said Lindsey Williams, a spokesman at the Lockpo…

Forged checks just aren't what they used to be.Time was, a business only had to keep a sharp eye out for a faked signature. Not anymore. Criminals these days can use a computer scanner to reproduce a legitimate signature on a bogus check, so employees have to learn to spot the other irregularities.It's enough to make businesses big and small throw up their hands in frustra…

Last year, Ford Motor Co.'s Buffalo Stamping Plant in Hamburg cranked out components that went into nearly every Ford, Lincoln and Mercury car or truck made in North America, producing 465,000 tons of pressed steel parts.Not bad for a 50-year-old.The plant will celebrate its half-century anniversary Sunday with a get-together expected to attract 10,000 employees, retirees …

Kennedy's clothing store in Medina has survived a lot during 69 years of business: the rise of big mall stores, changing fashion tastes, a major plant shutdown.The retailer has stuck it out on Main Street in a community that cherishes its history as a 19th century Erie Canal town. But the Kennedy's tradition is nearing its end. The store plans to shut its doors this summer…

Walking into James Sandoro's warehouse is like taking a step into the past.Classic cars, including a 1918 Pierce-Arrow touring car and a 1909 Thomas Flyer, are parked along one wall. A hand-operated traffic signal stands ready to direct them. Old neon and metal signs for auto products, including some long-gone batteries, cover the walls.Sandoro wonders what it was like to …

State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer on Tuesday announced a lawsuit against Enterprise Rent-A-Car, contending that the nation's largest rental car company inflates customers' bills with extra fees for insurance coverage.The suit accuses Enterprise of unlawfully refusing to provide minimum personal injury and property damage liability coverage to consumers and failing to pr…

The new owner of Charlap's Dairy Farms has named a former Sorrento Inc. chief executive officer to run the business.But even as the longtime independent dairy changes hands, its new owner pledges to stay true to the homemade ice cream that draws customers from around Western New York.Fike's Dairy of Uniontown, Pa., last week acquired the well-known North Boston dairy busin…

Charlap's Dairy in North Boston has been acquired by Fike's Dairy of Uniontown, Pa.The deal was completed Tuesday, said Steve Grygiel, an attorney with Protein Group Inc. of Portland, Maine, which owns Fike's.Grygiel declined to elaborate on the deal, saying that the companies planned to release further details today or Friday. Fike's Dairy referred calls to Protein Group …

High-tech firms grab attention these days by dangling stock options to lure employees in a fiercely competitive market.But some companies are using other, more traditional employee ownership programs to build loyalty and encourage productivity. Consider Dowcraft Corp., a Jamestown-area manufacturer, which started an employee stock ownership program (ESOP) almost 20 years a…

At age 13, Russell Rizzo Jr. had his first temporary job with the furrier Joseph Palanker & Sons, working as an elevator boy in a two-floor building.The Palankers wanted someone to escort their guests to and from cocktail parties they were throwing upstairs to celebrate the business's move to Main Street in Snyder."It was just a little touch that the Palankers always had,"…

The caller from Kansas City, Mo., sounded distressed, to put it mildly."The frustration was dripping through the phone," said Edward Howard of G-Tec Natural Gas Systems.The unhappy voice on the line belonged to a Meineke Discount Muffler Shops official. He had asked the natural gas company in his area about hooking up high-pressure natural gas service to feed the torches a…

General Motors' board of directors is expected to decide in the next two months whether GM's Tonawanda engine plant will win a coveted $501 million expansion, GM officials said during a Monday visit to the area.GM officials won't say whether they're talking to any other cities about the much-anticipated project, but local officials believe Tonawanda is the only site being …

The employees of Visteon Climate Control Systems' plant in Cheektowaga know all about adapting to change.More than two years ago, the company that was called ARS was acquired by Visteon Automotive Parts, the parts-making division of Ford. The Broadway plant assembles radiators and air-conditioner condensers for the replacement market or "aftermarket."Now Visteon is set to …