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Scott Aviation's Health and Safety group in Monroe, N.C., has won a contract that could be worth up to $8 million to provide firefighting breathing apparatus to the U.S. Navy, the Lancaster-based company said.

The contract, which is expected to boost employment at the North Carolina plant during the next few years, is part of the Navy's program to upgrade the firefighting capabilities on its vessels.

John McStravick, Scott's vice president, said the contract is not expected to have an impact on the company's aviation group in Lancaster, which employs about 400 people and make face pieces and other breathing equipment for use on aircraft.

The Monroe plant, which employs about 400, makes breathing apparatus and related equipment for firefighting use.

The contract, which permits the Naval Sea Systems Command initially to buy up to 5,000 Scott Air-Pak units, plus related equipment, could increase Scott's business by more than 15 percent, McStravick said. As many as 50 ships could be equipped with Scott breathing equipment under the first phase of the project next year.

Friendship mall features food, electronics shops

A new mall boasting a produce store and an electronics repair shop has opened in the Allegany County town of Friendship with the assistance of its economic development agency.

The Friendship Mini Mall, which consists of Cal's Dairy & Bulk Foods and Noble Electronics, is the result of cooperation between owners Anne and Cal Hurrell and the Friendship Economic Development Zone.

The Hurrells own Cal's Dairy and Bulk Foods, which offers staples such as eggs, milk and bread. It is best known for its bulk foods, including candy and animal feed.

Noble Electronics, which is run by John Noble and Don Stivers, specializes in repair work on televisions, VCRs and computers.

Two spaces for additional businesses are available in the mini mall, which is located on West Main Street.

Wegmans wins award for assisting Food Bank

Second Harvest, the Chicago-based umbrella agency for the nation's Food Banks, has recognized the Wegmans supermarket chain for its support of the Food Bank of Western New York.

"It's a national award that we did not solicit," said Ann McCarthy, a Wegmans spokesperson. "We are very proud of it."

Wegmans is one of several Western New York food handlers that continually make large food donations to the Food Bank.

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