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On the Record: Oct. 24, 2015

Hires/Honors/Promotions

22nd Century Group appointed Paul J. Rushton, vice president of plant biotechnology. He has extensive experience in tobacco biotechnology, including work at the University of Virginia on 22nd Century-sponsored research projects, as well as nearly a decade working at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding in Germany. 

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The UBMD Physicians’ Group named Michelle Fisher finance director and Cara Grimes operations coordinator. Fisher, a CPA, served as a segment controller for partnership services at First Niagara Bank. She earned her MBA from Canisius College. Grimes, who worked for the Catholic Health System, earned her master’s degree from St. Bonaventure University. Also, the group appointed Jesse Lewandowski senior accountant and Megan Veirs business development and communications coordinator. Lewandowski, a CPA, was a staff accountant at Chiampou, Travis, Besaw & Kershner. She earned her bachelor’s degree and MBA at Niagara University. Veirs received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from St. Bonaventure.

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Todd Merry, chief marketing director at Delaware North, was named a CMO Customer Experience Awardee. The CMO Club will host a 2015 CMO Awards dinner in New York City on Nov. 17, at the Dream Downtown Hotel, to honor all 40 winners.

Company Connections

The Collins Companies, an industrial distributor of pipe, valves and fittings and engineered specialties serving the Northeast, launched its new company website, TheCollinsCompanies.com. Headquartered in East Windsor, Conn., the Collins Companies is comprised of Collins Pipe & Supply Co., Collins Controls, Niagara Controls, Collins Niagara, and Power House Supply Co., with nine locations in New England, upstate New York and Marcus Hook, Pa.

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Steuben Foods was awarded two Best New Product Awards at the National Association of Convenience Stores’ annual trade show. The Best New Dairy Beverage award went to Steuben Foods’ licensed product Cold Stone Creamery Milkshakers for its new Coffee Caramel Dream flavor. Steuben’s own brand, Elmhurst Naturals received the Best New Bottled Water award for its Banana Water product. Both products are new to the market and will be available in grocery and convenience stores and vending machines.

Patents

Title: Method and apparatuses for screening No.: 9,144,825

Inventors: Wojciechowski, Keith (Lakeview); Newman, Christian (Lakeview)

Assignee: Derrick Corp. (Buffalo)

Date issued: Sept. 29, 2015

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Title: Combined container and tool

No.: D739,727

Inventors: D’Andrea, Philip V. (Williamsville); Olson, Christopher R. (Hudson, Wis.); Henry, Sean P. (Huntersville, N.C.),

Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Co. (St. Paul, Minn.)

Date issued: Sept. 29, 2015

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