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American Axle to close, Phillips Lytle opens Canadian office, Buffalo Niagara adds jobs and Schumer rails against small business tax

From Business Today:


American Axle is closing its last local plant. The Cheektowaga gear-maker will close its doors early next year, taking 86 local manufacturing jobs with it. When it opened in 2000, American Axle & Manufacturing employed 2,800 workers. The Detroit-based company said it will close another plant in Michigan. It will shift work from both plants to another location in Ohio, Indiana or Mexico.


Phillips Lytle has a new Canadian office in Kitchener, Ont. The office is intended to bolster the law firm's offering of cross-border legal services. The firm has an existing base of 200 Canadian clients, which will be served out of the office while the company seeks more clients. Kitchener has become a hub for start-up and high-tech companies, the likes of which Phillips Lytle hopes to attract.


The Buffalo Niagara region added jobs for the 11th consecutive month, a promising sign the area's job market is rebounding. The two-county region added 9,900 jobs in July, compared to the same month last year. That number is up 1.9 percent over July 2010. The private sector added 8,000 jobs here, for an increase of 1.8 percent. The local job increases beat both the state and nation's numbers.


Sen. Charles E. Schumer was in town Thursday to protest what he called a "job-killing" tax on small business owners. The debt ceiling compromise put an end to interest-free loans for jobless benefits. That stuck the state with a $95 million interest bill, which is now being passed on to business owners through a tax averaging $18 per employee.




Who is getting hired, promoted and honored?

Grand Funk Railroad is playing for free tonight in Lockport. Hopefully they've updated their wardrobe since this L.A. concert in 1974:


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