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The rising demand for data analytics and cybersecurity workers could open the door to more students for Trocaire College. The college renovated the second floor of its extension center in Lancaster to create its Technology Institute, outfitting the space in the college's red and black colors and filling the rooms with tools of the technology trade. The $1.6 million p…

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On a dreary, rainy Wednesday, Darin Balcer was encouraged to learn that the United Auto Workers had reached a tentative agreement with General Motors that could end a monthlong strike at the automaker. "I'm excited," said Balcer, one of the striking UAW members outside GM's Town of Tonawanda engine plant. "We've been out here a long time." But like others walking the…

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As the United Auto Workers strike at General Motors reaches the one-month mark, the economic toll is mounting – on both sides. For the strikers, their weekly paychecks have been replaced by a weekly strike payment from the union that started off at $250 a week but was raised to $275 earlier this week. The union has also loosened restrictions on striking workers taking p…

Buffalo-based Eastern Hospitality Advisors has rebranded itself as Eastern Companies. Eastern, which has 25 employees in Buffalo, builds and renovates commercial, retail and hospitality properties. The company has expanded its portfolio into more states, and said it wanted its name to reflect that it builds more than just hotels. Earlier this year, founder and former…

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Four Buffalo-area companies are contenders in a commercialization competition with a $150,000 top prize. FuzeHub, which assists small- to medium-size manufacturers in New York State, is holding its third annual competition Nov. 18 and 19 in Albany, with $400,000 in total prize money. Nineteen companies are competing, including local entrants Efferent Labs, Electroski…

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DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda will shift its inpatient care services to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst effective Jan. 1, but its emergency department will remain open, Kaleida Health said. DeGraff's inpatient care will be moved to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital for patients who don't need require care at a specialty center such as Buffa…

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Edwards Vacuum, a maker of high-tech vacuum equipment, is cutting 65 manufacturing jobs at its Wheatfield location, but will expand its distribution operations there. The local changes are part of a broader consolidation plan by United Kingdom-based Edwards that will see manufacturing operations cease by the end of March at its Vantage International Point industrial par…

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M&T Bank chairman and CEO Rene F. Jones has lamented the gap in economic growth between rural areas and bigger cities across the nation. So the Buffalo-based bank is doing something about it. M&T hopes to give businesses in rural areas a boost, with a $5 million investment in Blue Highway Capital, whose growth fund focuses on revitalizing rural communities. …

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Buffalo Wire Works has more than a century of history to its name. The company was born a few years after the Civil War ended, survived the Great Depression, endured a lengthy strike and persevered through five generations of ownership by the same family. Technology, customers and materials have changed, but the company's production, at its heart, has stayed the same…

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The director of the Small Business Administration's Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center in Buffalo is retiring. Colleen Hiam's retirement will take effect Dec. 31. She oversees a center on South Elmwood Avenue that helps individuals and businesses apply for SBA disaster loans following hurricanes, tornadoes and other major incidents. The center currently has 93 …

Garwood Medical Devices has received a $500,000 investment from the Western New York Impact Investment Fund. Garwood, based in Buffalo, makes devices that reduce infection and promote wound healing after joint replacement surgery. The company, through an exclusive licensing agreement, uses patented electrical stimulation technology developed at the University at Buffalo…

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Citizens Bank will close a branch inside a Tops supermarket in Derby. The last day of business for the branch, at 6914 N. Erie Road, will be Jan. 8. “We continually evaluate, evolve and adjust our branch network to ensure we are matching our branch presence with customer demand," the bank said in a statement. "Based on changing customer behaviors and  our real estate…

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East Aurora-based Astronics Corp. has acquired Diagnosys Test Systems Limited for $7 million. Diagnosys provides testing solutions to the mass transit and defense markets. The company has about 120 employees, with operations in Westford, Mass., and England, and an engineering center in India. The price of the deal could rise to as high as $20 million, if Diagnosys ac…

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A change is coming at the top of Rich Products: Richard Ferranti will become CEO at the beginning of next year, succeeding William Gisel Jr. Gisel, the CEO since 2006, will move into a new role, as executive vice chair of Rich Holdings, the holding company for all Rich family business enterprises. Ferranti, 59, joined Rich Products in 1986, through a management train…

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As United Auto Workers members continue their strike at General Motors, FeedMore WNY is inviting people affected by the strike to take advantage of its mobile food pantry distributions. The distributions will take place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Salvation Army Lockport, at 50 Cottage St., and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Salvation Army Tonawanda, 46 Broa…