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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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John M. McKenna is eager to compete against big names like M&T Bank and KeyBank. McKenna, 52, is president and CEO of Tompkins Bank of Castile. The Batavia-based bank is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, but opened its first Buffalo Niagara branch, in Amherst, just a few months ago. McKenna, a Rochester native, joined Tompkins Bank of Castile in 2009, …

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Grow-NY, a new business plan competition focused on the food and agriculture industry, will award $3 million in prizes. The competition will culminate Nov. 12 and 13 in Rochester, where finalists will pitch their ideas and business plans. Empire State Development is funding the competition and Cornell University is overseeing it. The competition is expected to genera…

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Jeff Toussaint worries about what will happen to his Medina farm if he is required to pay overtime to his workers once they have put in 40 hours per week. "I think there's a lack of understanding, that agriculture just can't function like a factory," Toussaint said. He's concerned about the financial impact on his operations and whether his workers might leave if he lim…

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Astronics Corp. chairman Kevin T. Keane died Monday, the company announced. Keane, 86, was a member of Astronics' board for nearly 50 years, and the chairman for 45 years. He previously was the company's president and CEO. Astronics, based in East Aurora, is an aircraft lighting and electronics manufacturer. Keane is the second member of the company's board of direct…

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M&T Bank wants to make this year's plaza event series about more than just hosting live performances. The bank is collecting used musical instruments throughout the series to donate to Buffalo Public Schools. M&T's chief marketing officer, Peter Eliopoulos, donated his seventh-grade violin on Monday, the opening day of the summer series. The donations will be…

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A Town of Pomfret man was arrested Sunday morning for illegally owning a shotgun, after an incident that involved a SWAT team. Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies said they were called to an address on Stone Road for the report of a man threatening to use a shotgun. The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office's SWAT team, the sheriff's crisis negotiation team and county …

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A Mayville man has been arrested for taking money for a flooring job, and then failing to perform the work. State Police said Raymond Gilbert, 55, accepted a $1,200 check in March to buy materials for a project in Bemus Point. Troopers allege Gilbert cashed the check but never returned to the job site. Gilbert was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny. He is sc…

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Old Fort Niagara is a historic treasure, situated where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario. But the fort, with over three centuries worth of history, faces a modern-day threat: erosion due to high water levels and waves relentlessly pounding its seawall. The fort, inside Fort Niagara State Park in Youngstown, has coped with this type of threat before. Sens. Charles…

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General Motors' decision to stop producing cars in March at its plant in Lordstown, Ohio, had personal implications for Mark Dearborn, Julio Vazquez and Amanda Adamson. They worked at the plant and have relocated to continue their careers with GM. All three of them transferred to the same place: GM's engine plant in the Town of Tonawanda. As GM restructures and stops…

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Linde's sprawling campus in the Town of Tonawanda – known until recently as Praxair – is getting refreshed. The company is adding four electric vehicle charging stations to its current collection of 12, as demand from drivers grows. Inside the buildings, sleek LED lighting systems are replacing old, energy-hungry systems. Better building controls systems will help Linde…

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Doctors from three practices are joining forces to create one of the region's largest orthopaedic practices. The integration brings together 22 doctors from Excelsior Orthopaedics, nine surgeons from Northtowns Orthopedics and one surgeon from Buffalo Orthopaedic Group. They will operate under the Excelsior Orthopaedics name. Excelsior said the combination will make …

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Buffalo Bills safety Micah Hyde on Wednesday visited the classroom of Harvey Austin School 97 teacher Crystal McQueen, the grand prize winner of the 11th annual M&T Bank Touchdown for Teachers contest. The sixth-grade teacher at the Sycamore Street school won a visit from a Bills player plus a $5,000 grant payable to her school or school district. McQueen was…

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JoAnn Falletta, music director for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, was named the winner of the Athena Award at a Tuesday event hosted by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. Falletta was chosen from among 10 finalists for the award. Along with serving as music director, Falletta provides mentorship for young women conductors and advocates for the arts. Katie Krawczyk…

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KeyBank's new branch at Delavan and Grider isn't quite ready to open, but prospective customers keep tugging on the front door, assuming that it is. Employees pop out and invite the confused customers to come back on Monday, which is opening day. A paper sign attached to the door conveys the same message. Meanwhile, an ATM on the property is already running, and had 30 …

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HSBC Bank USA has cut about two dozen jobs at its operations center in Depew. About three quarters of the cuts were in its U.S. retail banking and wealth management division, while the rest were in its global operations, said Rob Sherman, a bank spokesman. "We are constantly re-evaluating the needs of HSBC's U.S. operations to ensure we have the right roles in the ri…