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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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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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J. Theodore "Ted" Smith was named Citizens Bank's upstate New York president, a newly created role at the bank. Smith had served as Citizens' Western New York market executive since late 2017, focusing on Buffalo and Rochester. He was appointed to his new job after Paul Taffe, who was Citizens' New York president, left the bank. Citizens also has a market executive for …

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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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A facade improvement program in the Delavan-Grider neighborhood proved popular, so KeyBank, in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation, will keep funding it. Key and the First Niagara Foundation initially made a $25,000 grant to Belmont Housing Resources for Western New York's Neighborhood Improvement Program in the Delavan-Grider neighborhood after Key opened a b…

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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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Five Star Bank plans to open two more branches in the City of Buffalo. The bank has given notice of plans to open locations at 451 Elmwood Ave. – where the former Women and Children's Hospital is undergoing redevelopment – and at 2222 Seneca St. in South Buffalo, near Cazenovia Park. Five Star's parent company, Financial Institutions, is based in Warsaw. The bank …

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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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Timothy J. Finan, who has served as president and CEO of Olean General Hospital for the past 14 years, will retire July 3. Finan has also served as president and CEO of Upper Allegheny Health System for the past 10 years. "While I have spent more than four decades in health care, the culmination of my career has been my return to Olean to serve as the president a…

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Steuben Trust will hold a special shareholders meeting on March 3 to vote on the proposed acquisition of the bank by Community Bank System. Community Bank, headquartered in suburban Syracuse, in October announced its plan to acquire Hornell-based Steuben Trust in a $107 million deal. Steuben Trust has one branch in Erie County in Clarence, while Community Bank has four …