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On the Record / January 27, 2010

>Hires/Promotions/Honors

Upstate Shredding -- Ben Weitsman & Son, a scrap metal processor and recycling operation, appointed Scott J. Collins general manager. Most recently vice president of sales and marketing with Tracey Road Equipment, Collins holds a bachelor's degree from Clarkson University. The company has facilities in Owego, Binghamton, Ithaca, Jamestown, Liberty, Syracuse, and Towanda, Pa.

Donald J. Hahn, chief learning officer at HAHN Training, was invited by Target Training International to become a member of its Chairman's Club in honor of sales excellence and high professional standards and ethics. HAHN Training is a leadership development and training organization.

Justin Yueckstock, a Batavia staff accountant at Freed Maxick and Battaglia, recently passed the CPA exam.

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>Company items

Buffalo Creek, Wales Center, was awarded a $48,000 federal contract for stream bank stabilization work and a $48,000 federal contract for emergency watershed protection from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, Syracuse. Place of performance will be the Town of Boston.

Dresser-Rand Co., Painted Post, was awarded a $50,000 federal contract for the modification of master send controls from the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command, Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Aveteran Corp., Buffalo, was awarded a $12,080 federal contract for the preventive maintenance and annual inspections of emergency generators from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Western New York Health Care System, Buffalo.

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>Contributing

First Niagara awarded a total of $150,000 in grants to 11 Western New York area organizations through its fourth annual Mentoring Matters Program. The 2010 Mentoring Matters not-for-profit grant winners include: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Niagara County, Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northtowns, Buffalo Prep, Compeer of Greater Buffalo, Health Association of Niagara County, Junior Achievement, Seneca Street Youth Mentoring, Buffalo Urban League and Burchfield Penney Art Center.

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>Patents

Title: "Carbon dioxide production method"

No.: 7,871,457

Inventors: Shah, Minish Mahendra (East Amherst); Kumar, Ravi (Williamsville); Howard, Henry Edward (Grand Island); Neu, Bernard Thomas (Lancaster); Bonaquist, Dante Patrick (Grand Island); Billingham, John Fredric (Getzville)

Assignee: Praxair Technology (Danbury, Conn.)

Date issued: Jan. 18, 2011

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