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David Robinson

David Robinson is the deputy business editor for The News, where has worked since graduating from Syracuse University in 1985. A New Hampshire native, he started out in the News' Tonawanda bureau and moved into the business news department in October 1987, exactly a week after the stock market crash.


Business

Rosina Food Products has wrapped up its $22.7 million expansion at its Cheektowaga and West Seneca frozen food facilities. The project, which began in 2014, led to the creation of 50 new jobs, pushing Rosina's local work force to more than 400 people. The expansion allowed Rosina to make an additional 10 million pounds of pasta each year and to package an extra 5 mil…

Business

Tops Markets cleared another hurdle in its efforts to restructure in bankruptcy after unionized workers at its Lancaster warehouse approved a new contract that resolves a key pension dispute. Members of Teamsters Local 264 voted by a wide margin to approve a two-year contract that resolves a major pension dispute that could have cost the company more than $180 million o…

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It’s been 11 years since the Buffalo Niagara region’s unemployment rate was as low as May’s 4.3 percent A slowly shrinking pool of available workers, caused by a wave of baby boomers retiring, is making it harder for companies to find workers at a time when the economy is strong and businesses are looking to hire. And hire they are, cutting further into the pool of avai…

Business

Tops Markets grocery business keeps getting a little stronger in bankruptcy. The supermarket chain's core grocery business was profitable for the second straight month during May and now has been profitable during the first three months since the company filed for bankruptcy in late February. Those operating results are encouraging for Tops, since they indicate that …

Business

The Buffalo Niagara housing market is getting even tighter. Home prices are rising steadily – up 6 percent in May – because more people are looking to buy a home than there are homes for sale. That makes the hunt for a new home harder. Even with the hot housing market making it easier for sellers to get close to their asking price – and homes selling faster than they ha…

Business

The Buffalo Niagara job market stayed hot in May, the state Labor Department said. The region added more than 9,000 jobs from May 2017 to May 2018 – its biggest annualized gain in nearly a decade – fueled by robust hiring in temporary help, as well as in education and health services. Construction employment also spiked as building projects took advantage of the the war…

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Charter Communication was hit with a $2 million fine Thursday after state regulators ruled that it failed to expand its Spectrum cable network as promised after an acquisition two years ago. The state Public Service Commission imposed the penalty on Thursday after rejecting Charter's claims that it had met its obligations to expand its cable network following its 2016 a…

Amherst

National Fuel Gas Co. is raising its quarterly dividend by a penny per share – the 48th straight year the Amherst-based energy company has increased its payout to shareholders. The increase will raise the quarterly dividend to 42.5 cents per share, payable July 13 to shareholders of record on June 29.

Business

A slump in its U.S. markets caused Ecology & Environment's third-quarter profits to fall by 35 percent, the Lancaster-based environmental services firm said. E&E's profits fell to $164,000, or 4 cents per share, from $252,000, or 6 cents per share. Its revenues dipped by 1 percent to $23.7 million from $24.1 million as a 17 percent increase in sales at its So…

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Tops Markets' hope for a quick restructuring in bankruptcy are fading. The supermarket chain is asking a U.S. Bankruptcy Court for another four months to wrap up work on its plan to reshape its business, saying the restructuring process is too complex to complete within the six-month time frame Tops executives initially hoped would be sufficient. Instead, Tops, which…

Buffalo

Tesla Inc. is cutting 9 percent of its workforce in a wave of job cuts aimed mainly at the electric vehiclemaker's salaried employees. It was not immediately clear if any of the layoffs would affect Tesla’s solar panel factory in Buffalo, where the company has been partnering with Panasonic. Panasonic has been producing solar cells and panels at the factory, while Te…

Business

An influential group of Tops Markets creditors is taking aim at transactions that helped push the supermarket chain into bankruptcy protection by piling on hundreds of millions of debt, much of it used to pay dividends to its private-equity owner at the time. A group of unsecured creditors is seeking a "full examination" of dividend payments made following the 2007 acqu…

Business

Tops Markets' grocery business was profitable during April – and that's a good sign as the supermarket chain tries to restructure its business. Tops, which is trying to restructure its operations in bankruptcy to ease a stifling debt burden, reported an operating profit of $1.5 million during a one-month period from late March to late April. The operating profit, whi…

Business

A new survey by Buffalo Place captures a snapshot of the downtown workforce and the types of jobs that workers do. Downtown is a busy place for workers on weekdays. But not on weekends. Women dominate the downtown workforce, but those employees are divided fairly evenly among all age groups. Nearly two out of every three downtown jobs are at private compan…

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The Historic Palace Theatre in Lockport is in line to receive $142,000 toward a renovation and expansion project from an economic development fund tied to the Niagara Power Project. The funding, recommended Tuesday by the Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board, will cover about 20 percent of the costs of a $713,000 renovation project at the theater, located at…