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From Business Today: Buffalo Filter has completed a move from its Amherst facility to a new $5 million site in the Town of Lancaster. At 50,000 square feet, the new, modern building has twice as much space as the Amherst site. Still, the company plans an expansion that will double the operation in size. The new facility allows for better work flow, boasts a gym for employ…

From Business Today: The United Auto Workers' contracts with General Motors, Chrysler and Ford are due to expire Sept. 14. Contract talks will begin next week. The auto industry is in much better shape than it was two years ago, with all three automakers reported profits in the first quarter. Entering the talks, automakers will be looking to keep costs low while work…

Here's today's MoneySmart tip of the day: During the job search, practice makes perfect. have someone ask you interview questions and polish your answers and delivery.

From Business Today: New car sales in Buffalo Niagara dropped 8 percent last month, due mainly to production problems associated with the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Toyota's five local dealers moved 509 vehicles last month. That's down 47 percent from June 2010. Overall, the area's new car franchises sold 4,113 vehicles, down from 4,465 the previous …

From Business Today: Bankrupt bookseller Borders will begin liquidation sales at its stores as early as Friday. The company has stopped selling gift cards, but will continue to accept them for purchases made even after liquidators take control of stores. The Cheektowaga store was busier than usual Tuesday as customers flocked to use up their remaining gift cards, but the…

Here's today's MoneySmart tip of the day:     Take stock of what's in your pantry and what's on sale at the grocery store then plan meals around that, aiming to buy as few ingredients as possible.

Canal Side looked ready to capsize a year ago.The 21-acre, mixed-use waterfront development was in serious trouble after Bass Pro Shops pulled the plug on a nine-year courtship last July 30.Now, things appear to be moving full steam ahead.Tuesday, Benderson Development Co. was given the green light to redevelop the former Donovan State Office Building, with the Phi…

From Business Today: New York State has the highest mortgage closing costs in the country. Total closing costs in the state average $6,183 per a $200,000 mortgage. Texas has the second highest closing costs, coming in at $4,944. But our low cost, high value homes still make for a great deal, experts said, in comparison to the rest of the country. The average closing costs…

From Business Today:The sale of the HSBC retail branches in upstate New York could  have a dramatic impact on the status of the remaining local banking powers. If any one of the remaining top three banks in the region - M&T, First Niagara and Key Bank - buy the HSBC branches, that bank will catapult to No. 1 in the region. Rumors and unnamed sources main…

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From Business Today:Beer lovers have something to celebrate. The growler has come to Western New York in a big way. Consumers Beverage and a couple of other places have been offering  the fill-your-own half-gallon containers of beer for a few years, but now the Sunoco APlus stores have gotten into the act. The convenience stores have 12 taps of micro brewery suds. Sun…

Today's MoneySmart tip of the day: Ordering your prescriptions through an insurance-approved mail order supplier could save you hundreds of dollars per year.