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Columbus McKinnon will close a plant in Lisbon, Ohio, and shift those operations to its factories in North Carolina and Virginia. Columbus McKinnon, an Amherst-based material handling equipment maker, said the process will take seven to 10 months to complete and will affect 76 employees at the Ohio plant. The company expects the closing to result in $3.5 million in expe…

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Niagara Transformer plans to open a $3.3 million research and development facility next month at its location in Cheektowaga. The family-owned company makes substation-style transformers used around the world and at local sites including Tesla's South Buffalo plant, the UB stadium and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Niagara Transformer plans to add 10 to 15…

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With the strike at General Motors over, the United Auto Workers union has turned its attention to securing a new contract with Ford Motor Co. As with GM, the outcome of the UAW's negotiations with Ford will have local impact. Ford's Woodlawn plant has 987 hourly workers represented by UAW Local 897, according to the automaker. Companywide, the UAW represents about 55,00…

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The road to ratifying the tentative deal between the United Auto Workers and General Motors could be a rocky one. UAW Local 686 members at GM's Lockport components plant voted decisively against the four-year deal. Union officials in a Facebook post said 81% of production workers at the plant voted against the deal, and 62% of skilled workers voted "no." Workers from…

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United Auto Workers members at General Motors' Lockport components plant voted strongly against a tentative deal that would end a strike against the automaker. UAW Local 686 in a Facebook post said 81% of production workers at the plant voted against the deal, and 62% of skilled workers there voted no. The exact number of votes in favor and against the contract were not…

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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 For the strikers, their weekly paychecks have been replaced by a weekly strike payment from the union that started off at $250 a week but was raised to $275 earlier this week.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…

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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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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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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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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 Canadian medical products maker plans to open an $84 million plant in Buffalo that would create more than 88 jobs in Buffalo Lakeside Commerce Park. Thinking Robot Studios, based in Nova Scotia, customizes and produces devices using industrial 3D printing, according to New York Power Authority documents. The new facility, to be located on a 22-acre site in South Buffa…

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For striking workers outside General Motors' Town of Tonawanda engine plant, it's a time for mixed emotions. Frustration with GM's bargaining positions. Gratitude for community support. Determination to see the strike through to a new contract. Concerns about missing out on paychecks. Thursday marked the 11th day of the United Auto Workers' walkout at GM, including a…

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The United Steelworkers of America has withdrawn charges that accused Tesla of illegally firing workers at its South Buffalo plant for their pro-union stance, in an unfair labor practice charge filed in June with the National Labor Relations Board. The union has not explained why it dropped the charges. The Steelworkers and a second union, the International Brotherho…

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CleanFiber, a maker of high-performance building insulation with a plant in Blasdell, won $250,000 in the 76West Clean Energy Competition. 76West named six prize-winning finalists, from a field of 19 semifinalists. CleanFiber was one of four companies to win $250,0000 prizes. All six winners are required to establish some kind of connection with the Southern Tier econom…

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A former United Auto Workers official from Grand Island was charged Friday by federal prosecutors in a widening corruption scandal. Jeffery Pietrzyk, 74, was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He was the 11th person charged by federal prosecutors in the case. Pietrzyk, who retired in 2014, previously held a number …