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Garrett Leather's products end up in luxurious settings, from private jets and automobiles, to hotels and even the White House. Everything traces back to a modest-looking plant in Cheektowaga, where the family-owned business moved a few years ago to accommodate its growth. Max Brown, the president, is carrying on the tradition that his father, Cameron, started when he f…

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Ford Motor Co.'s Woodlawn stamping plant has undergone a leadership change. David Buzo – who served as the plant manager for nearly 15 years – has retired from Ford. His replacement is Scott Zelie. Ford's stamped parts facility on Route 5 is one of the region's largest manufacturers – with about 1,000 hourly and salaried employees. Last fall, Ford and the Unite…

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Workers at LVD Strippit in Akron have ratified a new deal, ending a strike that began Monday. The 36 workers, represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, on Thursday ratified a three-year agreement. They are set to return to their jobs on Monday at the company, which makes metal-cutting machines. "We're just happy that it got don…

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Profit-sharing checks distributed by General Motors and Ford Motor Co. will provide a financial boost to workers in the Buffalo Niagara region. General Motors will pay its eligible hourly workers represented by the United Auto Workers profit-sharing bonuses of up to $8,000. Meanwhile, Ford will distribute profit sharing bonuses of up to $6,600. Both automakers make annu…

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PeroxyChem, which a has a chemical manufacturing plant in the Town of Tonawanda with 92 employees, was sold to Evonik as part of a $640 million deal. Evonik, a specialty chemical company based in Germany, struck a deal to buy PeroxyChem in late 2018. But the Federal Trade Commission sued last August to block the sale, citing antitrust concerns. A federal judge dismissed…

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About 35 workers at the LVD Strippit plant in Akron went on strike Monday. The workers are represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union. The plant makes metal cutting machines. LVD Strippit is located at 12975 Clarence Center Road. Belgium-based LVD bought the Akron operation in 1998.  

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HP Hood will hold a job fair on Feb. 13 as the company aims to hire another 250 jobs for its Batavia plant over the next two years. The job fair will be 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the plant, at 5140 Ag Park Drive West in the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park. Applicants are required to bring resumes. HP Hood is hiring for jobs including machine and forklift operators, as we…

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The long goodbye for a former Dresser-Rand plant in Wellsville – a manufacturing mainstay in rural Allegany County – is nearly over. Siemens, which two years ago announced the plant's phaseout, has set April 24 as the last day of operations, affecting 149 workers, according to a notice filed with the state Department of Labor. The Wellsville plant makes steam turbines, …

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Aurubis Buffalo has cut nearly 20% of nonunion positions at its North Buffalo brass and rolling mill as it aims to lower costs to become more competitive against industry rivals. Ten people lost their jobs, said Dustin Snyder, interim director of human resources. The rest of the reductions came from Aurubis Buffalo's eliminating positions left vacant after employees ret…

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Just outside the classrooms at the Northland Workforce Training Center, job recruiters from Niagara Transformer Corp. in Cheektowaga were seated at a table, making their pitch. New manufacturing workers are in great demand, and this is one place to find them. One of the recruiters, Kelly Benzo, praised a Northland graduate now working as a tester at the company. She …

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At this time last year, General Motors and Ford Motor Co. had a big question hanging over their operations: How would their labor contract negotiations play out, and what would the effect be on the local economy? We now know the answer. Both GM and Ford secured new contracts, in quite different ways. The upshot for both automakers and their workers: They have national l…

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Khadija Darman is a refugee from Afghanistan who now calls Buffalo home. She came to the United States four years ago and was hired by Buffalo Wire Works. She started off as an operator, worked her way up to supervisor, and is studying computer science at Erie Community College. "I didn't have any idea about Buffalo before I came here," she said. "They sent me here, …

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Michael Evans has lived through Bush Industries' ups and downs since 1998, when he joined the Jamestown-based, ready-to-assemble furniture maker. The manufacturer restructured through bankruptcy in 2004. Sales plunged by more than 80%. Hundreds of workers lost their jobs in Jamestown and Erie, Pa., where Bush halted manufacturing. Since then, the outlook has brighten…

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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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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…