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Matt Glynn

Matt Glynn has been a business reporter with The Buffalo News since 2000. He is a native of Youngstown and lives in Buffalo.


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The Census Bureau will fill up to 2,800 jobs in the next two months at its Buffalo office. The jobs – including census takers and office personnel – pay $16 to $18 per hour. Most of the jobs will last for several weeks. Nationwide, the Census Bureau is hiring up to 500,000 workers, to help with the 2020 count. In order to be eligible for a job, applicants must …

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HSBC Bank USA has chosen Amherst for its next Buffalo-area branch. HSBC has filed a notice that it plans to open a branch at 8100 Transit Road, at the Maple-Transit intersection. This would be HSBC's second Buffalo-area branch, after opening one in Depew last September. HSBC exited branch banking in the Buffalo area in 2012, when it completed a deal to sell its upsta…

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Lowering the cost of doing business in the state, opposing expansion of the prevailing wage, and supporting a new free trade agreement are among the issues the Buffalo Niagara Partnership is focusing on this year. The region's largest business group on Thursday published its advocacy agenda, identifying its priorities at the local, state and federal levels for this year…

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General Motors will invest $6.7 million in its Town of Tonawanda engine plant to upgrade its production systems. GM said $4.4 million of the total will go toward capital investment, while the remaining $2.3 million will go toward project expenses, to improve efficiencies in making 5.3-liter V8 engines used in full-size trucks. "This is to provide additional flexibili…

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Garrett Leather in Cheektowaga wants to do more exporting, and it's getting a boost from a Small Business Administration program. Garrett was awarded $5,000 through the SBA's state trade expansion program, also known as STEP. The SBA awarded a $700,000 STEP grant to Empire State Development, which essentially matched those funds and then distributed the money to compani…

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Thirty-one temporary workers at General Motors' Town of Tonawanda plant are getting a step up in their job status, as they will be converted to permanent, full-time employees. The change is taking effect during the current quarter. The status of GM employees classified as "temporary," sometimes for years, was a major sticking point between GM and the United Auto Workers…

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Five Star Bank is making a bigger push into the city of Buffalo, with two new branches coming soon. The bank, which is based in Wyoming County, has mainly served the Buffalo Niagara region from suburban branches. The two new branches will probably open about a year from now, said Martin K. Birmingham, the president and CEO. One will be at 451 Elmwood Ave., where Elmw…

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Bush Industries, the Jamestown furniture maker, has changed hands again. Bush was acquired by Bestar, a rival ready-to-assemble furniture maker owned by Novacap, a Canadian private equity firm. The sale price was about $160 million. Bush had been owned by a Buffalo-based private equity firm, Lorraine Capital, since mid-2018. Bush has nearly 300 employees in Jamestown…

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Truck-Lite has signaled its intent to stop production at its Chautauqua County plant by the end of the year. “Truck-Lite has made the tentative decision to cease production at our Falconer manufacturing facility by the end of this year and relocate work to other Truck-Lite facilities," the company said in a statement. "Our tentative decision is consistent with other recen…

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The 2020 North American Car of the Year has Tonawanda-supplied horsepower. The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, which received the award at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, contains an engine produced at General Motors' Town of Tonawanda engine plant. The awards for car, truck and utility vehicle of the year were chosen by a panel of 50 jurors from …

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Royal Car Wash's new location in the Town of Tonawanda will offer an unbeatable price for its first seven days of operations: free. The car wash is set to open with a ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. Saturday. It's at 2355 Sheridan Drive, just east of the town’s Rails to Trails between Caputi’s Sheridan Pub and a Family Dollar store. Anthony J. Daniele, co-owner of the busi…

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Pegula Sports and Entertainment has cut a third of its creative department's staff, according to two people familiar with the situation. PSE eliminated 10 of 30 jobs at the marketing and communications agency known to the public as PicSix Creative, according to two sources who asked not to be identified. The cuts were made in late November. Don Heins, director of com…

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Calspan will invest over $6 million in its transonic wind tunnel in Cheektowaga. The aviation and transportation research company said the investment will improve the efficiency, reliability and repeatability of the tunnel, which its customers use to test aircraft and aerospace components. The funds will go toward compressors, air storage, cooling towers and balances…

Crime

The owner of two East Side properties reported that more than $2,000 worth of construction equipment had been stolen from those two locations. The owner of the two properties in the 100 block of Eller Avenue, both of which are vacant, told Buffalo police that four ladders, a heater, three screw guns, three 25-pound screw boxes, a saw and an electric switch were stolen T…

Crime

Some $500 worth of cigars were stolen from a Family Dollar store on Broadway early Friday, Buffalo police said. Someone broke into the store, at 1770 Broadway, next to a vacant former Tops supermarket, through the rear door, police said. The suspect then broke a display case – valued at $250 – containing tobacco products and stole about $500 worth of cigars. The thie…