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Buffalo Business Report - July 23, 2014

New York State is giving Praxair Inc.'s Tonawanda operations and R&D facility $38.7 million dollars for upgrades. Here's  part of the announcement from Empire State Development and the NY Power Authority:

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) will invest $38.7 million to further expand and modernize its Praxair Technology Center (PTC) located in the town of Tonawanda.  The expansion will result in 1,111 direct full-time jobs remaining in the town, as well as the creation of more than 22 new jobs.  Praxair, a Fortune 250 company, is one of the largest employers in Tonawanda where the company’s facility is responsible for global plant engineering, research and development, North American operations communications, global plant monitoring, customer demand monitoring, and fleet dispatch and back office support functions.
New York State is offering Praxair a comprehensive incentive package that will help secure the long-term future of the company in Western New York.  To encourage Praxair to proceed with its expansion in Tonawanda, Empire State Development, the state’s economic development agency, will provide up to $8 million in performance-based Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits and a $2 million capital grant, both which are tied directly to the company’s job creation and investment commitments.  The Western New York Power Proceeds Allocation Board (WNYPPAB) has recommended a $500,000 grant from the New York Power Authority (NYPA), which is contingent on NYPA trustee approval at its meeting later this month. 

AT&T has started a state wide job recruiting program for retail and technical employees.  As a part of its hiring drive in New York and across the country, AT&T is looking to hire 10,000 military veterans and their families in the next five years. The company has established a Military Talent Attraction team, which focuses on promoting AT&T's career opportunities to veterans and educating managers across AT&T on the benefits of hiring military veterans.
More information on AT&T jobs openings can be found at att.jobs.
Scharf's Schiller Park Restaurant On-Line!Scharf's Schiller Park, a landmark East side German restaurant for generations has has completed its move to suburban West Seneca.  Scharf's restaurant opens today in the former Deerhead Inn on Clinton Street near French Road across from St Matthew's Cemetery.

Rehwaldt builders in Akron has announced a new community of energy efficient homes in Akron. Deer View Green homes will include geothermal heating and cooling at all of the properties there.  along with certified energy efficient appliances

Business First reports the Holiday Inn on Niagara Falls Blvd. has been sold for $4.3 million. The buyer's name is private until after the sale  READ MORE

 PETA has ranked  Buffalo's Coca-Cola Field as one of the nation's top  AAA ballparks for vegans. The Bisons' home field placed second nationwide Here's their announcement.

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