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Water Haus Waterjet, a 10-year-old business that uses high-pressure water to cut steel for local machine shops, is planning to move from North Tonawanda to Lockport by the end of the year. Owner Andrew Beck said Thursday the company has outgrown its current 12th Avenue building. Town of Lockport Economic Development Coordinator Marc R. Smith said the town Industrial …

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Independent Health has named Ann Pentkowski as its new chief financial officer. Pentkowski joined Independent Health in 1997 and has held different roles with the Amherst-based health insurer, most recently as chief network and performance officer. “Ann brings extensive financial, actuarial and underwriting experience, knowledge of Independent Health and the over…

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The Buffalo Niagara job market isn’t showing any signs of cooling off as summer ends. The region added 9,200 jobs over the past year – a 1.6 percent annualized growth rate – as hiring picked up at local finance and insurance firms, construction companies and in education and health services, according to new data from the state Labor Department. The data shows that h…

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Parker's Great British Institution, a food manufacturer on South Park Avenue that has been home to several quirky Britain-themed concepts, has closed to the public. The facility, which manufactures and ships British delicacies across the country, has closed Parker's Proper Fish & Chips and will relocate the restaurant to the former Summit Mall in the spring, accordi…

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Lucy Alessi reached a life milestone this summer — and she just turned 10 on Wednesday. The Clarence Center Elementary School fifth-grader and swimmer published her first book, a 47-page look into her yearlong effort to improve her times and forge new friendships on a pair of Western New York swim teams. "BRB I Need to go to Swim Practice: A girl's guide to competiti…

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Amazon says it will hire to fill more than 400 permanent, part-time roles for additional operations in the Buffalo area. The new jobs Amazon is hiring for are in its fulfillment operations, the company said. The employees will receive and process customer returns. The Seattle-based company has scheduled three hiring events: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Fairfield…

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An entrant called T.I.L.T. took first place in the Buffalo Startup Weekend competition. The annual event aims to develop ideas for new businesses over a 54-hour span, culminating in pitches to judges. T.I.L.T. (short for This is Like That) consisted of Dan Gigante, Luke Jezioro, Peter Cimino and Nicholas Cimino. The concept involves recommending new places to try, such …

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The partners in a joint venture to redevelop the struggling Eastern Hills Mall into a mixed-use "town center" have purchased the Sears store at the mall from the retailer's parent company. The store will continue to operate following the transaction. A limited liability company formed by New Jersey-based Mountain Development Corp. and Amherst-based Uniland Development C…

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The Buffalo Niagara International Airport earned the best customer satisfaction score among medium hub airports in North America, in a J.D. Power study. The Buffalo airport came out tops among the 21 airports in its category. The study measured overall traveler satisfaction with terminal facilities; airport accessibility; security check; baggage claim; check-in/baggage …

The law firm Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman has opened an office in Washington, D.C., bringing its number of locations to six. The Washington office will be led by partners Michael G. Rossetti and Ian A. Shavitz, who joined Lippes Mathias from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.  

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Friendly's restaurants just got friendlier to families. The chain announced Wednesday that kids can now eat free every day at 20 of its restaurants in upstate New York and New England, including three in Erie County. Kids get a free meal, any day of the week, with the purchase of a regular-sized entrée. Friendly's restaurants at 4350 Maple Road, Amherst; 6651 Tran…

Girl Scouts of Western New York will recognize five Erie County honorees at the 2018 Women of Distinction Dinner & Awards Ceremony. The 2018 Women of Distinction are: Roseanne Frandina, President of Frandina Engineering and Land Surveying; Althea E. Luehrsen, CEO, Leadership Buffalo, Inc.; Venus Quates, Founder and CEO, launchTECH; Dr. Dilara Samadi, OB/GYN, Buffalo Me…

Mary Lou Genaway was named a winner of New York Agricultural Education's Outstanding Service Citation Award. The award is designed to recognize agriculture educators at the pinnacle of their profession who are conducting the highest quality agricultiral education programs.

Marty Krause was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual New York Agricultural Education Conference. As a longstanding teacher, Krause has been involved in the culture of New York's agriculture education, guiding and mentoring students through the years.