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On the Record / July 20, 2016


The Meals on Wheels Foundation of Western New York has appointed Robert H. Rumpl to its board of directors. Rumpl is an architect, principal and project manager with Trautman Associates Architects/Engineers, where he has served for 27 years. Recently he served as the project manager for Meals on Wheels of WNY’s 450-kilowatt generator installation process.


Therese Vita, an investment associate at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, had been honored as a “Woman in Leadership” by the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of New York State Women Inc. Vita graduated from Albany Law School of Union University and is a partner on a six-person wealth management team in the Merrill Lynch Buffalo office.

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Greater Woodlawn Federal Credit Union in Blasdell made’s 2016 edition of its Top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions, ranked No. 179. Greater Woodlawn FCU made the list for the second straight year, one of only 64 credit unions to do so out of 6,003 federally insured credit unions.


For the third consecutive year, Merchants Insurance Group was ranked No. 1 in New York State for commercial lines carriers in the “super regional” category, based on an annual agent satisfaction survey conducted by the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of New York. Insurance carriers categorized as “super regional” in the survey provide coverage in multiple states, but not across the country.


Title: Telescoping spring assembly for mattresses and the like

No.: 9,386,861

Inventors: Roma, John K. (Orchard Park)

Assignee: Otis Bed Manufacturing Company, Inc. (Buffalo)

Date issued: July 12, 2016

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