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A $13.91 per hundredweight (46.5 quarts) uniform price, the highest of the year, will be paid to the 523 dairy farmers who sold their November milk through Western New York Milk Marketing Area.

Although 50 cents above the October price, the November price is still $1.24, or 3 cents a quart, below the November 1996 price.

Milk production reached 82.5 million pounds, 2.5 million pounds above the November 1996 mark, but 1.5 million pounds below the October output.

Sales of Class I (drinking) milk accounted for 43.4 percent of the output, about 1.4 percent under last November's rate.

In calculating the uniform price, Class I milk was priced at $15.09, or 32.5 cents a quart.

Milk sold for production of ice cream and cottage cheese earned farmers $13.09, or 28.2 cents a quart while.

Milk used to make hard cheese, powder and other storable products sold for $13.07, or 28.1 cents quart.

The several prices combined with the amounts sold for each use are calculated to develop the uniform price paid to producers.

Hohl Industrial workers decertify union

Workers at Hohl Industrial Services Inc. in Tonawanda narrowly voted to oust the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 17C.

Hohl Industrial and a related company, Hohl Industrial Transportation and Rigging Inc., voted to decertify the union by a vote of six to five, according to the National Labor Relations Board.

All 11 eligible voters took part in the election.

The welding shop has had a wave of employee turnover that replaced union supporters, said Mark Kirsch, president and business manager of Local 17C.

"There were a number of new hires in the last two years," he said. "It's a blow -- you don't like to lose any shop."

Officials at the company's shop at 95 Stark St. didn't return calls seeking comment.

Lauer architecture firm underwrites UB lectures

Amherst architectural firm Lauer-Manguso & Associates is giving $10,000 over five years to support the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning's lecture during spring open house.

The lecture series will be renamed the Lauer-Manguso & Associates Lecture.

Sovran declares dividend

Sovran Self Storage Inc. has declared a quarterly dividend of 54 cents a share, payable Jan. 22 to shareholders of record on Jan. 6, the Williamsville-based real estate investment trust said. Sovran owns and manages self-storage facilities under the "Uncle Bob's" name.

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