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One hundred, and counting. That's how many employees Bak USA has hired, less than three years after the mobile computer maker opened its doors in Buffalo as a "social enterprise" designed to both create jobs and benefit society. The company announced Wednesday that it had surpassed its original employment target, which it said demonstrated the potential of new techno…

John Tebeau on Tuesday was announced as the new president and publisher of Buffalo Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. Tebeau will succeed Jack Connors, who is retiring Jan. 31. Connors joined Buffalo Business First when it was launched in 1984, and was named president and publisher in 1986. Tebeau comes from OnCore Media, a business-to-business content m…

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Late last year, Ram Ramanujam and his wife were preparing to visit Niagara Falls to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. Just before they left for the trip, he learned his employer, General Motors, was transferring him here from Michigan. It wasn't just any assignment. Ramanujam was named the plant manager of GM's Town of Tonawanda engine plant, a vital piece of…

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Nonprofit People Inc. has completed its purchase of a vacant former Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital parking lot, where it plans to spend $11.4 million to build a new senior housing facility. The social services agency, acting through its Linwood Lafayette Housing Development Fund Co., paid $850,000 to TM Montante Development's 637 Linwood LLC for the 1.1-acre lot…

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The state Board for Historic Preservation has recommended adding four Western New York properties to both the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Recommended were: Ingleside Home in Buffalo, a 1929 Colonial Revival building where social and psychological counseling services and health care was provided to women until 1976. Niagara Machine & Tool…

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A cashier at a Rite Aid Pharmacy on Buffalo's East Side apparently foiled an attempted armed robbery Sunday morning — just by asking for the manager. At about 11:20 a.m., an unknown individual displaying what appeared to be a black handgun ordered the cashier to keep the cash register drawer open. Instead, the cashier refused and called for the manager, at which point t…

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An unknown man suggesting he had a gun threatened a cashier and robbed a Gulf gas station and food mart on Ontario Street late Sunday evening, Buffalo police said. The man entered the store at 595 Ontario at about 8:40 p.m., and confronted the cashier by saying, "You are lucky you don't get shot today." Video footage from the store showed the suspect with his hand in hi…

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Two unknown men robbed an East Side cellphone store Sunday night, taking three phones and an undetermined amount of cash before leaving, according to Buffalo police. The men entered the Metro PCS store at 219 Genesee St. at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday, and one of them tried unsuccessfully to take an iPhone from the display. He then went behind the counter, ordered an emp…

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A 28-year-old Buffalo motorist was charged with second-degree assault after he struck a police car and then tried to flee, police said. Andrew B. Goldsmith of Spring Street ran south on Elmwood Avenue after hitting the police vehicle at 615 West Ferry St., at 11:54 a.m. Saturday, police said. He was caught near 654 Elmwood, but broke the glass on the south-facing door o…

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In elevating Rene F. Jones to succeed Robert G. Wilmers as its new chairman and CEO, M&T Bank Corp. didn't just make a safe and familiar choice. It also delighted and relieved Wall Street, which revels in predictability and hates surprises. "If you would have polled everybody on Wall Street and said who would you most like to see as the next CEO of this bank, the…

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NEW YORK CITY — For all the accolades showered on the late Robert G. Wilmers for his business accomplishments and generosity, Christopher Wilmers knew him as someone else: Dad. The younger Wilmers recalled a father who indulged the shifting interests of his childhood, took a practical approach to life, and was devoted to his family. "What a dad he was," Christopher W…

A downstate human resources outsourcing firm with an office in Buffalo has relocated its Western New York Division office to Williamsville because it needed more space to accommodate its growth. The move by Alcott HR of Farmingdale, N.Y., to 1780 Wehrle Drive marks the second relocation in less than six years for the local office of the Farmingdale, N.Y.-based firm, whi…

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M&T Bank Corp.'s newly named leaders: Rene F. Jones, chairman and CEO Jones followed an M&T management training program to the peak of the organization. Jones, 53, joined M&T in 1992 as part of its Executive Associate program. That program recruits promising leaders with MBAs and some professional experience. He had earned a bachelor's degree in man…

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The brothers who own a pair of Olean-based contractors have acquired the former Orchard Park offices and training center for the local plumbers union, trading leased space for a building they now own. Mike and Dan DeRose paid $616,000 a week ago to buy the 16,700-square-foot building at 3651 California Drive from the United Association Plumbers & Steamfitters Local …