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A number of Western New York companies with national and international reach have "adopted" courses at the University of Buffalo School of Management.

Senior managers from nine area corporations are providing a "dose of reality" to the classroom by teaching selected MBA classes.

The companies participating in the adopt-a-course effort are:

Fisher-Price, Xerox, Price Waterhouse, Marine Midland Bank, Lucent Technologies, International Imaging Materials, Westwood-Squibb, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Western New York and Graphic Controls.

The adopt-a-course program began as a pilot project in 1996 with just two companies lending to the school for guest lecture stints. The school hopes to have all 12 of its core MBA courses linked to businesses.

Mills Welding plans to hire 15 workers

Mills Welding Supply Inc. plans to hire at least 15 new workers during the next three years following an expansion of its Cryogenic Supply Division's plant at 1811 Broadway in Buffalo, the firm said.

Mills, which employs about 37 workers, built an addition to the Broadway plant that the company said will make its production there more efficient. As part of the expansion, the firm purchased larger cryogenic storage vessels that can hold up to 9,000 gallons each of argon and nitrogen, along with a 6,000 gallon container for storing oxygen.

Mills also refurbished the Broadway plant's warehouse area, which now will serve as the central receiving and distribution point for the company's Buffalo and Hamburg stores, as well as Falls Welding Supply in Niagara Falls and Cryogenic Supply of Buffalo.

Mills also said it is building a warehouse showroom that is expected to be open by the end of this year.

In addition, the company's showroom at 85 Great Arrow Ave. also will undergo some changes to enhance customer service and comfort.

LogiSoft opens area office

LogiSoft Computer Products Inc. of Rochester has opened a Buffalo-area presence with a branch office at 338 Harris Hill Rd., Williamsville. Founded in 1989, LogiSoft is a computer services company providing Internet access and Web development in addition to computer equipment sales.

AOP Solutions to be honored

Office automation company AOP Solutions has won the Health Information Management Association of Western New York's Corporate Award. An award presentation will be at 5 p.m. today at the association's annual dinner at the Hearthstone Manor in Depew.

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