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   Jobs are bustin' out all over:

- Buffalo Niagara gets major boost in jobs - Stephen T. Watson/The Buffalo News
   For a region used to losing jobs like we lose Super Bowls and free-agent hockey players, Tuesday brought a trophy-worthy dose of good economic news.
   Four companies announced plans to hire more than 650 people in separate projects in an area still Localedge struggling to recover from the recent recession.
   This comes as some rare good news for job seekers in a region where plant closings and job cuts remain all too common.
   "It's very serendipitous that a bunch of very different companies is announcing these job increases at the same time," said Andrew J. Rudnick, president and chief executive officer of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. "There isn't a common reason for them, but each of them is a precious asset."
   Walmart, the publisher of the Talking Phone Book and a reborn fire truck maker all said they are seeking workers.
   And a fast-growing pharmaceutical business announced plans to move to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and start hiring, the latest boost to a life-sciences sector that carries the high hopes of local officials.

- Walmart hiring 350-400 for new store in Lancaster - Matt Glynn/The Buffalo News
  Increasing its local footprint, Walmart has started hiring 350 to 400 people to staff its new Town of Lancaster store.
   The store, at 4975 Transit Road, north of William Street, is set to open Sept. 15. The majority of the new hires will start working there next month. [Hiring website here]
- Call center in Amherst to boost jobs - Dino Grandoni/The Buffalo News
   Amherst’s status as a call center hub got a boost Tuesday when the White Directory Publishers announced plans for a telephone sales center that will employ 150 by the end of the year.
   The company — which publishes LocalEdge, formerly known as the Talking Phone Book — said it will continue hiring for telephone sales positions at its Amherst-based office. [Hiring website here]
- New center coming to medical campus - Samantha Maziarz Christmann/The Buffalo News
   Chalk up another addition to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
   OncoMed Pharmaceuticals of Great Neck will occupy 4,500 square feet at the CampusInnovation Center come September, and it will bring new jobs with it. The company provides bio-oncology pharmaceutical care management and pharmacy services. [Hiring website here]

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News


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