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I-Evolve Technology Services has acquired E3 Technologies, a Rochester information technology services firm in a deal that will expand the Amherst company’s presence in the Rochester market.I-Evolve Technology, which is based in Amherst, said the Rochester business initially will be known as E3 Technologies – Powered by I-Evolve, although it eventually will be folded into …

Workers from the Goodyear Dunlop Tires North America plant in the Town of Tonawanda will vote next week on whether to ratify a tentative agreement reached last month.Members of United Steelworkers of America Local 135 will vote at the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road in Depew, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 12 and 13. The union will provide a review of the contract on bo…

Hires/Promotions/HonorsBuffalo-based Rich Products Corp. named Lynn Goldblatt a senior packaging engineer in research and development, Joseph Perrello a senior network administrator in the Information Services Department, Brian Sas an assistant sales manager for the Caribbean and U.S. exporters, and Jennifer Schmatz a category buyer in the procurement division for the Unit…

Ecology & Environment has received an extension of a key regional contract with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that could generate $50.4 million in revenues for the Lancaster-based environmental services firm over the next seven years.The new contract essentially is an extension of an earlier agreement with the EPA to provide Superfund technical assistance and re…

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Two years ago, Joe's Crab Shack celebrated its grand opening by giving away a year of free crab dinners to the first 100 diners through the door. The promotion drew 200 people to the Maple Road store in Amherst, some of whom camped out overnight to increase their chances of winning. For its second anniversary Thursday, the Houston-based chain restaurant is trying to…

The New Buffalo Brewing Co. and Blue Monk are teaming up to host a tasting of three new beers Friday evening, an event meant to launch a Kickstarter campaign for the startup microbrewery. New Buffalo Brewing Co. of Akron is looking to raise money to help in its quest to bring draft beer to Buffalo and Rochester, a worthy cause if we've ever heard one. Find them on Twi…

Synacor Inc. reported a loss for the second quarter – its first quarterly loss since the Buffalo-based Internet content provider went public more than two years ago – as changes in Microsoft Corp.’s new Windows 8 operating system continued to cut into the revenues it generates from advertising and search queries.The loss, however, was in line with analyst expectations and …

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Sen. Charles E. Schumer threw his political weight behind NRG Energy’s $506 million plan to convert its coal-fired power plant in Dunkirk to natural gas, arguing Tuesday that it would be better for the environment and give a big boost to the Chautauqua County economy.Schumer, appearing at an event on the Dunkirk waterfront, said converting the Dunkirk plant from coal to na…

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In a greenhouse attached to an Eden home, a binder full of handwritten beer recipes lays open to “amber porter.”A 10-gallon batch is brewing at the end of the room. Dave Johnson, an engineer by profession, uses devices of his own creation: a magnetically driven stir plate for starting the yeast, a grain grinder, a brewing stand and a large wooden paddle.After decades of ho…

The dream of reopening the burned-out Louie’s Foot-Long Hot Dogs site in the Elmwood Village has died.But that doesn’t mean the hot dog stand won’t reopen in the immediate neighborhood.Angelo Turco, the owner of Louie’s, announced Tuesday that he has decided not to reopen the boarded-up restaurant at Elmwood and Hodge avenues, which was extensively damaged in a February fi…

The Erie County Fair kicks off Wednesday, with a plethora of deals and discounts for fairgoers. A canned good donation gets you in free Wednesday. Canned goods will also get you $5 off an unlimited ride wristband Saturday and $5 off gate admission Sunday.   Firefighters and fire co. auxiliary members get in free Friday with proper identification. Veterans with proper …

Graham Corp. was awarded five orders totaling $10 million in July, the Batavia-based manufacturer said Tuesday.Graham, which makes vacuum and heat transfer equipment that is used in refineries, chemical plants and other industrial projects, says the projects are expected to ship at different times over the next nine to 15 months.Two of the orders were for new ejector syste…

James R. Boldt, chairman and chief executive officer of Computer Task Group, has been appointed to First Niagara Financial Group’s board of directors.Boldt has been CEO of CTG since 2001, and he was named to CTG’s board that year.By adding Boldt, First Niagara now has nine independent directors. First Niagara in its corporate governance guidelines said it believes having n…

North Forest Office Space, a developer of small office suites in suburban office parks, has renamed its Hamburg facility and started work on a third building in the park.Located at 4535 Southwestern Blvd., the former Southwestern Office Park will now be named Southtowns Medical and Professional Park. It opened in 2009 and was expanded in 2011 with a second building. The lo…

New Era Cap is using some local star power in its “Speak With Your Hat” advertising campaign.The Buffalo-based hat and apparel maker is scheduled to film a TV commercial today featuring Buffalo Bills Stevie Johnson and Marcell Dareus at the team’s fieldhouse in Orchard Park.New Era has the exclusive right to make on-field headwear for the NFL, under an agreement that went …