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Kevin J. Clarke has a well-rounded perspective on the trade battle between the United States and Canada. The East Amherst resident has led business operations on both sides of the border. He built a career at a Depew printing plant — owned by a Canadian company — known as Quebecor and then Worldcolor. He went on to become a top official with Worldcolor. More recently, C…

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Cummins' Jamestown engine plant expects to hit a production milestone this summer: the 2 millionth engine in its history. The number reinforces how the Chautauqua County facility is a staple of Western New York manufacturing. The plant makes heavy-duty engines for tractor-trailers, fire trucks, RVs and farm tractors, as well as for marine applications. Last year, the…

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It's been more than a year since workers at Wendt Corp. in Cheektowaga voted in favor of union representation. But the workers and the manufacturer have yet to reach agreement on a first contract. Each side blames the other for a lack of progress. The dispute between the two sides goes beyond the bargaining table: • The Western New York Council on Occupational Saf…

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Sixty Hebeler Corp. employees will be laid off at two sites, starting in late September, unless the company can bolster its business volume over the next few months, Hebeler announced. The Town of Tonawanda-based metal fabricator said the layoffs may start in late September, "due to a recent and unexpected significant decline in business volume with one of our major cus…

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LAKEWOOD – Inside the offices of Cummins Inc.'s Jamestown engine plant, photos of the 10 previous plant managers line a wall. Each represents a piece of the plant's history back to its start in the 1970s. Each of the photos are of men. But the 11th picture will be of a woman, Anna M. Dibble, who was recently named plant manager. It is a breakthrough for manufac…

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Each day, 40 to 45 milk tanker trucks rumble through Lactalis American Group's gate to make deliveries. That's how much milk it takes to replenish the company's supply of raw material for making cheese. The milk keeps coming, and the South Buffalo plant keeps churning out mozzarella, ricotta, shredded cheese and industrial powders. The plant for years was known as So…

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David Ledesma has traded life on the Gulf Coast for the Buffalo area. It was a fresh start for both himself and the DuPont plant he leads. Ledesma left OxyChem in Corpus Christi, Texas, to become plant manager at DuPont Yerkes in the Town of Tonawanda, a career move of about 1,700 miles. Ledesma succeeded local native Warren Hoy, who retired in January after serving as …

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Motorists traveling the Youngmann Expressway have probably seen Unifrax's name emblazoned on the side of a Town of Tonawanda building. What's less obvious from the highway is how much the manufacturer has expanded lately, to the tune of $67 million in combined investment. Unifrax makes products for vehicles' emissions control devices. On Thursday, the company showcas…

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Bush Industries, a Jamestown-based furniture manufacturer, has endured the highs and lows of a company that has lasted for nearly 60 years. The company thrived in the late 1990s, reorganized through bankruptcy in 2004, and recently returned to local ownership through a management buyout. Now comes the latest chapter in its history: Lorraine Capital, a Buffalo private eq…

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New York's two senators are urging the parent company of Dresser-Rand to reverse its decision to close its Allegany County plant. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand sent letters to top Siemens Corp. officials in support of maintaining the Dresser-Rand facility in Wellsville. The Democratic senators cited the economic hardship the closing will cause for the …

Pine Pharmaceuticals has opened a $5.6 million manufacturing plant in Riverview Solar Technology Park in the Town of Tonawanda, with pledges to increase its workforce in the next few years. The company, an affiliate of Niagara Falls-based Pine Pharmacy, said the new location will allow it to create 28 full-time jobs and retain 15 existing jobs. The plant includes "clean…

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The Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health will observe Workers' Memorial Day on Wednesday with a rally in support of workers at Wendt Corp. in Cheektowaga. Hourly workers at Wendt, a maker of shredding equipment, in June 2017 voted in favor of unionizing but have not yet reached a first contract with their employer. The rally will take place outside…

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As workers at Dresser-Rand's plant in Wellsville brace for their plant to shut down within two years, they have approved a deal covering how they will be compensated once their jobs vanish. Dresser-Rand is the largest manufacturer in Allegany County, with about 250 workers represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 1580.…

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Aurubis AG has moved a step closer toward selling its flat-rolled products business, which includes a North Buffalo plant. Aurubis and Wieland-Werke AG, both of which are based in Germany, said Tuesday they have signed a sales contract, but would not to disclose the purchase price. “We are extremely pleased that, with the signing of the sales contract, we were able t…

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Buffalo Manufacturing Works is a big supporter of 3-D printing. Companies use the technology to design products and build high-quality parts, one layer at a time. Buffalo Manufacturing Works wants more businesses to learn about and embrace the technology, to help them innovate and grow. Now Buffalo Manufacturing Works has a new, influential way to promote adoption of…