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CS Direct, a Williamsville-based sales firm for the high tech industry, has received a $22,495 training grant from WNY Works. The company will use the grant to provide professional sales training for as many as 30 new employees. WNY Works was formed by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Amherst Chamber of Commerce and the Niagara Falls area chambers of commerce. Grants provided by the organization are being funded by $250,000 in state aid arranged by Sen. Mary Lou Rath, R-Amherst.

Meridian Technology Group, with local offices in Amherst and Rochester, was named an authorized Hewlett-Packard OpenView Partner.

Conax Buffalo Technologies, 2300 Walden Ave., released a new Miniature Bearing Temperature Sensors product line. The sensors are used in embedded applications where temperature monitoring of bearings is critical to machine performance and reliability. The company also expanded its High Density Feedthrough line of pressure and vacuum sealing glands with the addition of HD 31, which offers 40 conductors or 20 thermocouples in a compact 0.312" diameter assembly and the HD 37, which offers 60 conductors or 30 thermocouples in a 3/8 -inch diameter.

Rare Earth Interactive Design, a local firm specializing in web site design and development, added new clients to its roster: Mono Systems, a manufacturer specializing in cable and wire management systems; Recreatives Industries, a firm that makes all-terrain vehicles for recreation and industrial markets; Lansky Lights, which makes and distributes novelty key chains and flashlights; Creditor's Interchange, a Buffalo business-to-business receivables management firm, Pecos Pharmaceuticals, a national health supplement manufacturer headquartered in Laguna Hills, Calif; and Emerson Group, an international marketing and sales management firm headquartered Wayne, Pa.

North American Training Certification in Buffalo completed an interactive fitness training certification CD-ROM. The NATC system, designed by fitness expert Don Alessi Jr., teaches the rudiments of fitness training.

Buffalo Newspress received first-place honors in the "Best one- to two-color published newspaper on newsprint stock" category and third place in the "best four-color photographic on reflective process on 35 to 50# basis weight and any brightness" from the Web Printing Association's 2000 National Print Awards Competition. The first place award was for production of the Cheektowaga Times Vol. 55 #13.

Ken W. Kloeber Consulting Engineers in Boston was hired by the Rocky Mountain Elk Federation of Missoula, Mont., to help with its initiative to restore a free-ranging elk population to New York State. Kloeber will develop and implement a public outreach program to determine the level of citizen support for the return of elk, study elk survivability issues and evaluate the economic benefits for tourism opportunities.

TVGA Engineering Surveying in Elma was retained by Rohn Industries, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Buffalo District and the New York State Thruway Authority for various engineering and surveying tasks.

Collins & Co. Investor Relations in Buffalo received two "Best of Industry" Nicholson Awards in the "steel" and "small bank" categories. The awards, for annual reports created for Gibraltar Steel Corp. and Community Bank System, were given by the National Association of Investors Corp.

Diversity Training Workplace Solutions' business card magnet, produced by Custom Advertising products in East Aurora, will be featured in advertising trade journals as an example of excellence in design.

Northwest Bancorp of Warren, Pa., the parent company of Jamestown Savings Bank, has acquired Heritage Trust Co. of Erie, Pa. Heritage, an independent investment management and trust company, will be acquired by Northwest Bancorp's Northwest Savings Bank. Heritage will operate as the Heritage Trust Division of Northwest Savings Bank. Its current staff will become employees of Northwest and Heritage's board of directors will remain in place.

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