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Going south for the winter

   Putting up the storm windows and hunkering down for winter. The question for some businesses -- as we see in today's Buffalo News Business Today section -- is whether there will ever be a spring.

- Quality Markets may close by Feb. 15 - Matt Glynn/The Buffalo News
    Quality Markets’ 13 groceries in Western New York would close by mid-February 2010 if a buyer for the locations is not found, putting at risk close to 700 jobs at those stores.
   Companywide, more than 4,000 jobs are threatened.
   The disclosure came in a
notice submitted by Quality’s parent company, Syracuse-based Penn Traffic, to the state Department of Labor.
    More coverage from The Observer in Dunkirk and The Union-Sun and Observer in Lockport.

- WNY maker of garb for NBA, Bills losing contracts to Asia - George Pyle/The Buffalo News
   The exclusive supplier of game jerseys for the National Basketball Association is moving all of its production contracts to Asia, a decision that may idle a sports uniform factory in Perry and its 100 employees.
  
Adidas, the global sportswear powerhouse that manufactures game jerseys for the NBA and several Shaq National Football League teams — including the Buffalo Bills — notified the owners of the American Classic Outfitters factory in Perry about six weeks ago that it was canceling a contract that began in 2008 and was supposed to run through the end of 2014.
   Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., is among those
calling on Adidas to change its mind and continue to produce NBA uniforms in the United States rather than move the work from ACO and two other U.S. suppliers to factories in Thailand.
   [Notice that the ACO Web site has not been changed from the days, not so long ago, when it did not just bill Adidas but hustled other business from colleges, high schools and amateur leagues. Given that the new owners of ACO -- the R.J. Liebe Athletic Lettering Co. -- knew of the loss of the Adidas gravy train and bought the plant anyway, that may be the plant's future, too.]
   After our deadline, Adidas, which for some reason prefers to spell its own name with a lower-case a, e-mailed me this:

Statement from The adidas Group regarding NBA Uniform Production at ACO
   "In August, the adidas Group informed ACO that it had decided to begin to transition the production of NBA uniforms to facilities located closer to the source of uniform materials. This decision is in line with both the company's product strategy of developing and introducing new, innovative materials and technologies to basketball uniforms, and the company's sourcing strategy of consolidating our supply chain.
   This decision is in no way a reflection on the capabilities or performance of ACO who has been a great partner for many years. The adidas Group continues to produce uniforms for professional, college and other amateur teams at more than 30 facilities in North America and will continue to do so moving forward."

   That statement doesn't seem to be on the Adidas Web site anyplace. But this 22-page list of its worldwide suppliers is.
   Other coverage from The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle [business section], The New York Times [sports section], The New York Daily News [blog],  The Associated Press [everywhere] and  Women's Wear Daily [behind their pay wall].

- Group scraps Saab deal with GM - AP/Buffalo News
   A Swedish automaker has backed out of a deal to buy Saab from General Motors Co., casting serious doubt on the future of the troubled brand....
   Buffalo Niagara is home to two Saab dealers, Cappellino Pontiac Buick GMC Hummer Saab in Clarence and Checkpoint Foreign Cars in the Town of Tonawanda. Prior to the collapse of the Koenigsegg deal, Cappellino had been told it would continue as a Saab dealer under the new owner, while Checkpoint believed it might lose its franchise.
   More on this non-deal, and a postmortem on the similarly failed resuscitation of Saturn, from The Detroit Free Press.

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News

 

 

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