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Steve Finch, who guided General Motors' Town of Tonawanda engine plant for the past 11 years through times of industry turmoil and vital new investment, will retire Dec. 1. The Buffalo native is wrapping up a 41-year career with GM. His successor is Ram Ramanujam, currently an assistant plant manager at a GM facility in Michigan. GM has invested nearly $3 billion …

Amherst

Westwood or West-wouldn't — Amherst still can't make up its mind. Five-and-a-half years ago, a group of investors bought the struggling Westwood Country Club. Three years ago, the partners unveiled an ambitious, $238 million plan to transform the site into a "neighborhood" of houses, office buildings, retail shops, a hotel and recreational space. It was one of t…

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Think you know Buffalo? A new trivia game will let you prove it. "You Gotta Know Buffalo – My Hometown Edition" poses questions about people, places and events tied to Buffalo. The 500-question card game retails for $19.95. It is a product of Store (716), a local Buffalo-themed apparel and gift designer. “You Gotta Know Buffalo is for anyone who knows how to say …

The owner of Drescher Paper Box is seeking to downsize its space and relocate the company's operations, and it has put its facility in Buffalo up for sale. Drescher, which was founded in 1867, is a manufacturer of jigsaw puzzles, game boards and setup boxes. Originally named Charles A. Drescher & Son's, the company was acquired in 1978 by J. Baird Langworthy and ren…

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One of my favorite things about the holiday season is that people have a little bit of extra cheer in their hearts, ready to give and share. Charities depend on that giving spirit this time of year. Even though a charity’s needs continue year round, the biggest bulk of their donations are received in November and December. If the spirit moves you to share your weal…

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Rochester City Council members last week rejected a request from developer Robert C. Morgan's company for a $1.5 million loan on a downtown project on Court Street there. The vote was 5-3. At least two of the five members who voted against the loan cited an FBI investigation of Morgan's companies that started in Buffalo. "The investigation was the key factor in my v…

Real Estate Transactions

Following are real estate transactions over $5,000 as listed in records of the Niagara County clerk’s office for the week ending Sept. 29, 2017. CAMBRIA • 4662 Thrall Road, County of Niagara New York to Emily A. Gazy, $60,000. • 5801 Shawnee Road, County of Niagara New York to Haph Properties, $56,000. • 5183 Townline Road, County of Niagara New York to Timot…

Real Estate Transactions

Following are real estate transactions over $5,000 as listed in records of the Erie County clerk’s office for the week ending Oct. 13, 2017. ALDEN • 300 Sullivan Road, Joseph A. Czapla; Susan K. Czapla to Trevor A. Bartlett; Jillian M. Hoerner, $370,000. • 1651 Sandridge Road, Barbara L. Astri; Charles L. Kocher; David G. Kocher; Glen D. Kocher; Lawrence S. Koch…

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A group of residents and business owners in Allentown have an idea for curbing late-night raucous behavior in the neighborhood: No new bars. And when one closes, don't allow another to take its place. Their concerns over large crowds, fights and unruly behavior on late weekend nights were heightened this month after a 37-year-old man was fatally shot outside a bar durin…

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Frank L. Ciminelli II, son of construction executive Louis P. Ciminelli, is leaving LPCiminelli to devote himself to a construction management firm he started in August, he announced Friday in an email to colleagues. Kyle W. Tuttle, a senior vice president at LPCiminelli, has been named president of the company and elected to its board, Frank Ciminelli said. The youn…

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Buffalo Niagara manufacturers were on a roll last month. A new report, based on a survey of local purchasing managers, indicated that business keeps getting better at the region’s factories, buoyed by an upswing in production and new orders, along with a pickup in hiring. "The numbers for October indicate strong growth overall," said Randy Cragun, the Niagara Uni…

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The Episcopal Diocese of Western New York didn't have a prayer at this week's Buffalo Preservation Board meeting. The city agency dealt a blow Thursday to a controversial proposal to convert most of the former Ascension Church in Buffalo into senior housing, voting down the plan that would have brought 28 new apartments to the longtime religious building. The board's…

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Homebuilder Essex Homes has completed the third phase of its newest luxury patio home project in Clarence, as it prepares to move into the final stage of the development. The developer has added 22 lots to the existing Essex Greens at Waterford project, including five that are currently under contract and under construction. That added another $10 million to the overall…

Business People

Pointman announced their most recent hire, Debra Spearing as the vice president of Human Resources. Spearing plans to use her expertise to develop new training initiatives within Pointman’s company.

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Pointman announced Jennifer Hillman has joined the company as the vice president of Marketing. She plans to broaden marketing efforts and expand the marketing team.