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Amherst Supervisor Brian J. Kulpa will give his first state of the town address at the Amherst Chamber of Commerce's annual luncheon on Friday, Jan. 26. The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Classics V restaurant, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. In addition to the address by Kulpa, who took office this month, the event includes the installation of …

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M&T Bank workers will be getting a pay raise. The Buffalo-based bank said it will increase wages for all of its hourly workers and boost the starting pay to $14 to $16 an hour, depending on which market they work in. M&T said the program to increase hourly wages will cost about $25 million once it is fully implemented. M&T said it is "making these inve…

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Wegmans and Publix are America's favorite grocery stores, according to a survey of 12,774 shoppers conducted by Market Force Information, a retail consulting firm. It's Wegmans' second year at the top. Trader Joe's had held the lead for several years until being bested by Wegmans in 2016. The Rochester-based Wegmans and Florida-based Publix tied for first place with a 7…

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Calspan Corp. for decades has prided itself on its expertise in crash-testing vehicles. But its test facilities were overdue for an upgrade. Calspan would run its tests outdoors, exposed to the weather and perhaps prying eyes from hotel rooms near its Cheektowaga campus. The layout also limited how many tests Calspan could run per year. All of that has changed. Calsp…

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Labatt USA's parent company will swap out CEOs next month as it prepares to change course. Kris Sirchio will step down as CEO of Rochester-based North American Breweries after about four years in the role. Adrián Lachowski, who previously oversaw the company's beer business in Central America, will take his place beginning in February. The change comes as North A…

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Bartercard Buffalo, a trade exchange covering all of Western New York, announced Stacy Werner has joined the company as creative marketing manager. She will manage graphic design, content marketing and video projects.