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Kaufman's Bakery is getting more efficient in its production, and will no longer need an adjacent retail store to sell its surplus goods, a company official said.

The store will close this weekend, eliminating three jobs, said Lou Minella, vice president of labor relations for Stroehmann Bakeries, which owns Kaufman's.

Minella said that while the job cuts are unfortunate, the store's shutdown signals that the Kaufman's plant is doing a better job of matching its production with customer orders.

Kaufman's store has sold baked goods made at the Fillmore Avenue plant that exceed what a customer's order called for, Minella said. With fewer surplus products to sell, the company decided to close the store.

Stroehmann has also shifted the Buffalo plant's soft roll production to plants in Olean and Auburn.

The workers in the Kaufman's store are not members of Local 16 of the Bakery, Confectioners, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers union, which represents workers in the plant, said Lawrence Backlas, the local's business agent.

Kaufman's is scaling back its Buffalo bakery's work force as it tries to make itself more competitive. By early January, it will have 83 employees, down nearly 90 jobs since the first of two rounds of job cuts was announced last summer.

Meanwhile, Kaufman's parent company is investing $500,000 in new technology for making hard rolls, rye and other specialty breads at the Buffalo plant.

Minella said the store space is expected to be used for taking customer orders.


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