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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.


When the region's unionized plumbers get together with plumbing and mechanical contractors these days, it's not just to negotiate contracts or resolve squabbles.They've formed a coalition to market their services, including to companies who typically use non-union workers on their projects. They also hope to gain some political clout.The Piping and Service Industry Coaliti…

Chautauqua County officials are optimistic that a company will buy and revive Empire Specialty Steel Corp.'s closed plant.The Dunkirk steel plant shut down last summer, eliminating about 280 jobs. Since the closing, the county's Industrial Development Agency has contacted eight or 10 companies to see if they would be interested in acquiring and reviving the plant, said Ric…

A high-tech greenhouse that was lauded for reviving part of the former Republic Steel site in South Buffalo has drastically reduced its operations, leaving its future in question.Village Farms of Buffalo has stopped growing hydroponic tomatoes there. It has only four employees and is using the site strictly for distribution, said Kenneth S. Hollander, chief financial offic…

When word spread among horse owners that veterinarian JoAnn Johnson was planning to start a practice to treat horses, she started getting calls -- even though her Colden phone number is unlisted.Johnson isn't in practice yet, but she uses that fact to illustrate a larger point: that there is great demand for veterinarians to serve the region's horse population.Johnson plan…

Despite the weak economy, some major construction projects are unfolding around the region.The public sector is generating much of the work, keeping construction crews occupied even as large private sector investments are harder to come by.The Buffalo schools' $971 million renovation and construction program will begin this year. Several suburban and rural school distric…

Gowanda Electronics, a homegrown electronics company, toasted its move into a state-of-the-art headquarters and manufacturing plant last year.But the new site didn't insulate the company from 2001's weak economy. Gowanda Electronics laid off more than 20 of its 120 employees.For manufacturers large and small, the question has become: When will things get better?"I think …

The region's automotive industry is pushing to remain viable, at a time when new-vehicle sales in the United States are expected to slow.High-paying auto manufacturing jobs play an important role in the region's economy, particularly at a time when new job growth is scarce and once-dominant industries such as steel continue to fade.The local operations that belong to Ge…

A year ago, workers at Ford Motor Co.'s stamping plant in the Town of Hamburg picked up profit-sharing checks averaging $6,700 each.Those hefty checks are but a memory this year. Ford isn't handing any of them out, after a tumultuous 2001 for Ford in which the automaker lost nearly $5.5 billion companywide.Weak earnings last year have eliminated profit-sharing checks this …

Last year might go down in automotive sales history as the Year of Zero-Percent Financing.Despite the recession and consumer confidence hurt by Sept. 11, auto sales took a turn for the better in late 2001, thanks to the automakers' enticing zero-percent deals.The result: last year was the second best in the history of U.S. auto sales. Based on numbers through November, Wes…

Large-scale plant expansions -- "General Motors invests $500 million" -- make for great headlines."Company hires three" is about as compelling as a Bills-Lions game.But collectively, those small expansions and investments add up to some big numbers in the local economy -- particularly at a time when the big economic development deals are scarce.The region lost 2,500 ne…

Tyco International's plan to break into four publicly traded companies will alter the corporate structure for several companies in Western New York.The conglomerate, which was known for its buying spree in recent years, says it will deliver better value to shareholders by splitting up.Dennis Kozlowski, the Tyco chief executive officer who was the driving force behind its e…

A Tonawanda Coke Corp. affiliate plans to buy a coke plant in Warren, Ohio, from bankrupt LTV Steel Co.A U.S. bankruptcy judge must approve the sale to Warren Coke Corp. A hearing is set for Wednesday. LTV could still consider other bids for the plant.Only 19 of the more than 170 regular hourly workers are currently working at the Ohio plant, said Mike Rubicz, president of…

Republic Technologies' hourly workers have approved a modified labor agreement, which union and company officials describe as a vital piece of the bankrupt steelmaker's survival strategy.About 62 percent of workers who cast ballots voted in favor of the agreement, according to the United Steelworkers of America. The final vote was 1,864 in favor to 1,143 against. Workers v…

American Axle and Manufacturing reported record fourth-quarter sales and earnings, bolstered by an increase in General Motors truck production and a rise in American Axle's content per truck.The Detroit-based auto parts supplier's net income rose 26 percent from a year earlier to more than $31 million. Its sales climbed 7 percent to nearly $792 million."Despite what has be…

Kathleen Balus strides quickly through Pioneer Credit Recovery's call center, greeting employees as she rattles off the collection agency's ambitious growth plans.She points out where the building was doubled in size a couple of years ago, and how it's already filled with employees. She gestures to where workers make calls for clients including the U.S. Department of Educa…