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On the Record / Feb. 22, 2012

> Hires/Promotions/ Honors

Preservation Buffalo Niagara appointed Tom Yots executive director effective March 1, when the current executive director, Henry McCartney, will step down. Yots is a board member of the organization and serves on its executive committee. He is an owner of Preservation Studios, a local historic preservation consulting firm.

The organization also named Jason Wilson director of operations. Wilson is the co-founder of Buffalo Young Preservationists and ULI (Urban Land Institute) Young Leaders Group of WNY.

Preservation Buffalo Niagara is dedicated to fostering historic preservation in the Buffalo Niagara region, serving seven counties in Western New York.

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Cook Moving Systems, agent for United Van Lines, announced that Tom Schratz exceeded $1 million in sales for 2011. Schratz has been with Cook Moving for more then 34 years.

> Company items

First Hospital Products Inc., doing business as First Healthcare Products, Sanborn, was awarded a $5,625,500 federal contract for medical equipment and supplies from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' National Acquisition Center, Hines, Ill.

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BIDCO Marine Group, Buffalo, was awarded a $12,230 federal contract for spillway and sheet pile repair from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, Syracuse. Place of performance will be in Allegany County.

> Patents

Title: "Metering schemes for reducing thermal spread in a battery pack"

No.: 8,114,535

Inventors: Ghosh, Debashis (Williamsville); Guzy, Steven C. (East Amherst)

Assignee: Delphi Technologies (Troy, Mich.)

Date issued: Feb. 14, 2012

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Title: "COG dieletric composition for use with nickel electrodes"

No.: 8,114,801

Inventors: Chu, Mike S.H. (Lewiston); Symes Jr., Walter J. (Dundee); Megherhi, Mohammed H. (Victor); Romer, Elisabeth W.J. (LD Uden, Netherlands); Coppens, Willibrordus J.L.M.J. (WL Uden, Netherlands)

Assignee: Ferro Corp. (Cleveland)

Date issued: Feb. 14, 2012