Officials in Steuben County are bracing for the possibility that hundreds of jobs may be leaving.

Kraft Heinz has sent out a notice to 330 employees of the plant in Campbell that they could be laid off.  The notice is required by the NYS Labor Department, and comes after the company announced in the fall of 2015 that it would close seven manufacturing facilities within 18 to 24 months.

New clothing deal for Hickey Freeman

Feb 23, 2017

Senator Charles Schumer visited the Hickey Freeman factory on North Clinton Avenue to announce the local clothier will be making a new line of custom clothing for Trunk Club, a new clothing service owned by Nordstrom.

Schumer says the deal has already produced 15 new jobs, with the possibility of 50 more new positions at the factory, where it's expected production will be boosted by 20 percent the first year.

"Hickey Freeman, in America, has the high end clothing manufactured business sewed up," he said.

Wegmans is responding to some criticism by Costco over how prices are displayed in its stores.

The complaint made by Costco has to do with certain in-store comparison pricing displays at Wegmans stores. Costco challenged claims made in those displays through The National Advertising Division, which is part of a self-regulatory effort by the advertising industry.

Redevelopment of the former Bethlehem Steel site, in Lackawanna, is another step closer to reality. The Erie County Industrial Development Agency approved buying nearly 150 acres of the site along Route 5 Thursday. County Executive Mark Poloncarz says, it's an important purchase for the IDA and the County.

Conduent, the company that was spun off from Xerox and which focuses on business services, has released fourth-quarter and full-year earnings.

Those full-year results represent operations while Conduent was still part of Xerox Corp.

For the fourth quarter, the company saw a net loss of $951 million and revenues of $1.5 billion. For the fiscal year overall, the loss was $983 million, and revenues came in at $6.4 billion.

The proposal by Sierra Club Rochester Regional Group would ban Styrofoam cups and other polystyrene products from Monroe County.

An online petition, which has collected 186 signatures in the last two weeks, is being circulated by the group. It asks legislators to consider eliminating the material.

Greenleaf Development has a less-than-stellar reputation as a landlord. But that didn’t stop SUNY Buffalo State from entering into an exclusive agreement that helped the company build off-campus housing to accommodate students. The deal prohibits seniors from living in the college's dorms in an effort to fill Greenleaf’s development. One good government advocate says the deal raises red flags.


Eco-Brewery work underway

Feb 21, 2017

Groundbreaking was held today for the Eco-Brewery District project at the Genesee Brewery on St. Paul Street in Rochester.

It's a five year, $50 million dollar project.

Phase one includes demolition of outdoor fermentation tanks and various equipment inside, and construction and installation of the new brewing system, while Phase 2 features expansion of the Genesee Brew House.

The project is designed to help Genesee be more competitive, to create jobs and secure the legacy for brewing in this community, according to North American breweries CEO Kris Sirchio.

Every year, hundreds of commercial ships make their way through the St. Lawrence seaway, taking on and letting out water to maintain stability as they load and unload cargo. This ballast water is regulated to prevent the spread of invasive species, but there is some disagreement about who should be in charge of those regulations.

Opposition is brewing on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border about plans to move dozens of shipments of nuclear waste from a plant in Chalk River, Ontario, to a plant in South Carolina.

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