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 For the strikers, their weekly paychecks have been replaced by a weekly strike payment from the union that started off at $250 a week but was raised to $275 earlier this week.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

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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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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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There are longtime employees, and then there is Wayne Schultz. Schultz, 86, just celebrated his 60th anniversary working for Ford Gum and Machine in Akron. He has spent his entire career in the gum manufacturer's print shop. Ford Gum in recent years has gained acclaim for producing Big League Chew under a licensing agreement, but Schultz's career at Ford began long b…

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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…

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43North promises to stage a glitzier show at Shea's on Oct. 30 when startups compete for a $1 million grand prize. This is the sixth year of the business plan competition, and organizers say they are ramping up the drama with a new set, lighting and music for the "Shark Tank"-style production. It's a departure from the same set and chairs the event has used for the past…

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A former United Auto Workers official at General Motors' Town of Tonawanda engine plant is expected to plead guilty to federal charges in a widening corruption scandal. Jeffery Pietrzyk, 74, of Grand Island, is scheduled to appear Oct. 22 in federal court in Detroit for a plea hearing before U.S. District Judge Bernard A. Friedman. Asked if Pietrzyk will plead guilty, h…

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A former Pegula Sports and Entertainment official has launched his own consulting business. Michael Gilbert established Gibby Consulting Group, which he said will specialize in business development, strategic planning, construction and real estate development and public relations. Gilbert was senior vice president of administration and general manager of Harborcenter…

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Two suspects are being sought in connection with a shooting incident in which six people were wounded early Sunday in downtown St. Catharines, Ont., Niagara Regional Police reported Sunday night. Police described them as two black men, one in his 20s, the other of an unknown age, and said they should be considered armed and dangerous. Police released a surveillance phot…