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The Carplugs division of Protective Closures Co. has acquired a California company that makes custom dip molded vinyl closures, the Buffalo company said Thursday.

Carplugs, a unit of Mark IV Industries Inc. that has its factory at 2150 Elmwood Ave., makes a wide range of molding and extrusion plastic products that are used to protect a variety of products, including caps, plugs, edge lines, wraparound tapes and nettings.

By acquiring Polaris Plastics Inc., a Rancho Dominquez, Calif., manufacturer that is a leading supplier of custom dip molded vinyl closures, Carplugs will be able to expand its presence in a fast-growing segment of the product protection market, the company said.

"This acquisition enables us to assume a leading position in both the injection and vinyl dip molding plastics market worldwide," said Lisa J. Sokal, Carplugs' marketing manager.

SBA disaster office hiring loan officers

Due to flooding caused by Hurricane Floyd and subsequent storms in the Southeast, the U.S. Small Business Administration says it has immediate need to hire a host of temporary loan officers.

Loan officers interview disaster victims and help them with loan applications.

The SBA's Disaster Area 1 Office, responsible for 13 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, is on the third floor of 360 Rainbow Blvd., Niagara Falls. Job applicants should go there during business hours for interviews, and will be told within 24 hours whether they are hired.

Applicants should have a business-related bachelor's degree, or three years of general experience analyzing facts and figures.

High-tech conference set in Ellicottville

ELLICOTTVILLE -- The Gateway to the World Technology Conference Oct. 6 in Ellicottville will explore developments in the Internet, videoconferencing, geographic information systems, and other high-tech communications topics.

Among the speakers will be C. Lincoln Hoewing of Bell Atlantic's Government Relations branch in Washington, D.C., and Rep. Amo Houghton (R-Corning).

The $25 registration is limited to the first 300 applicants and includes a lunch buffet.

For information, call sponsor Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board at 945-5301.

Cellular phone store opens

Frontier Cellular has opened a new store in the D&L Plaza in Depew with three employees. The opening brings Frontier's retail locations in its upstate service area to 46, the company said.

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