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I don’t have to tell you how stressful things can during the holidays. It’s the very reason people get so annoyed when Christmas commercials appear before Thanksgiving. Things can get especially overwhelming if you’re down on your luck, money is tight, and you don’t know how you’re going to make the holidays happen for your kiddos. Thankfully, the holidays also happe…

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Caplugs, a North Buffalo maker of plastic components, is expanding into Europe through an acquisition. Caplugs bought LoVen Special Products, a vinyl dip molder based in the Netherlands, with 17 employees. Terms were not disclosed. Caplugs has 343 employees in Buffalo among 1,647 at its operations worldwide. The company makes plastic components for a variety of indus…

Roberts-Gordon, which has a plant on William Street in Buffalo, was sold to Madison Industries as part of a broader deal. The Sterling Group sold Specified Air Solutions, which includes Roberts-Gordon, to Madison for an undisclosed amount. The Sterling Group, a private equity firm based in Houston, Texas, formed the Specified Air Solutions platform when it acquired Robe…

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No-frills Aldi grocery stores have added a major frill. The chain now offers home delivery in the Buffalo Niagara market via third-party company Instacart. Customers can place orders and pay using the Instacart app or online at Instacart.com/aldi, then have the groceries delivered to their doors. First-time Instacart users in the Buffalo market will receive $10 of…

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The City of Buffalo will begin accepting formal offers for the former police headquarters at 74 Franklin St. on Nov. 26, officials announced Friday. The initial asking price for the four-story building located downtown at Franklin and Church streets will be $3,050,000, officials said at a news conference. Both the police and fire departments recently moved each of th…

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Thermal Kinetics, an Amherst-based engineering firm, has agreed to be acquired by RCM Technologies, a publicly traded company based in New Jersey. The deal was valued at $1.77 million, according to a regulatory filing. Thermal Kinetics, founded in 1999, provides process equipment supply, engineering, development and design services for construction and industrial custom…

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David's Bridal has confirmed it will soon file for bankruptcy. The bridal gown retail chain has two stores in Western New York, in Tonawanda and Hamburg. The company said it will continue to operate during its bankruptcy and that sales, orders and store operations will not be affected. The company has already reached agreements with its lenders to reduce its heavy…

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Ecology & Environment is getting a makeover. After being tightly controlled by its founders for more than four decades – and surviving a nasty split in that partnership five years ago – the Lancaster-based environmental services firm has new leadership in place amid growing influence from a Connecticut-based investment firm that had criticized the company's manageme…

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If you're waiting for the holiday shopping season to start, you're late. It's already in full swing. Sure, Best Buy, Walmart and Amazon offered Black Friday sales in July, but sales and consumer foot traffic began their annual increase in earnest last weekend, well before Black Friday's symbolic kickoff. Despite reports of brick-and-mortar retail's steady drop-off…

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Tesla Inc. this week pulled back the curtain on its solar products factory in South Buffalo, and revealed that the plant's employment has grown to 800 people. Tesla invited members of the local media for a tour of the RiverBend gigafactory, which makes solar roofing tiles. The 1.2 million-square-foot plant was a highly publicized economic development project, part of Go…

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Architect-turned-developer Hormoz Mansouri is hoping to bowl over city planners with a new proposal for a five-story mixed-use project on land just east of Main Street and the Metro Rail line. Mansouri, president of EI Team, wants to tear down a vacant old bowling alley near the former Central Park Plaza, and replace it with a U-shaped building, with a combination of ap…

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July 7, 1928 – Nov. 13, 2018 James J. Laux of East Amherst was fitted to the sporting goods business like a hand in glove. Laux was practically born into sporting goods, before he spent a lifetime guiding the expansion of the family business into a local retail chain. He nurtured and stayed with it until failing health forced him into retirement 18 months ago. The…

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A fire Thursday at a Main Street business in Akron caused an estimated $150,000 in damage, according to Amherst Fire Control. Fire Control received a call shortly before 8 a.m. about smoke coming from the roof and front door of Nickel City Frets at 83 Main St. Upon the arrival of crews from the Akron Fire Department, smoke was visible pouring from the eaves of the bu…

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Planning your Black Friday shopping trips for next week? Buffalo Niagara shopping malls have released their Black Friday hours. Just two of them are open on Thanksgiving this year, but they will make up for it with early openings Friday morning. Boulevard Mall Closed Thanksgiving Open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday Eastern Hills Mall Closed Thanksgiving …