The Erie County Industrial Development Agency approved a tax abatement plan for the former Sheehan Hospital. That will facilitate the move of a Time Warner Cable call center to the complex now known as Compass East. The ECIDA also approved tax abatements for a move of Frey the Wheelman from downtown Buffalo to 380 Dick Road in Cheektowaga. In another matter, the ECIDA has tabbed Paragon Advertising to help with a rebranding effort that may bring a name change with it. Paragon has Mighty Taco among its client base locally.
Boosted by a $4.5 million capital grant from the state, visual effects company Empire Visual Effects will open at the Tri-Main Center in a partnership with Daemen College.
Gift-ology will open later this month at the Walden Galleria near Macy's on the upper level.
Excelsior Orthopaedics and Kenmore Mercy Hospital have collaborated on a new technique for a hip replacement procedure. A series of operations were completed yesterday using a surgeon controlled robotic arm system.