Delphi is "sounding out" investment banks about an initial public offering, possibly early next year, Reuters has reported, citing unnamed sources. The auto parts maker still has a local presence in the form of a research and development center in Lockport, with about 250 employees.
Delphi emerged from bankruptcy last year, and the Upper Mountain Road auto parts manufacturing operation adjacent to the technical center was reacquired by General Motors.
Want to improve your personal economy? Well, according to Business Today, you might bring a new business to America, or follow the example of Canada.
- Business with British flavor finds home in Cheektowaga - Dino Grandoni/The Buffalo News Damian and Vickie Parker were living professional lives most Britons would envy, practicing corporate law in Bradford, England. Damian, though, had one curious hobby: He made traditional English meat pies and sausages at his friends' butcher shops on his days off. And what was once a weekend diversion soon became a full-fledged career for both of them. "We got bored one day with the 9-to-5 office job, so we came up with the idea of coming to America to do something completely different," Damian Parker said. Eighteen months ago they packed their bags and came to Buffalo to start the English Pork Pie Company. Their brief baking careers have already paid off: In April the company was named the Best British Shop in the World in this year's Best of British awards given out by the Telegraph, a popular British newspaper. ... Its customer base consists mostly of English expatriates, Americans of European descent and U.S. veterans who served in Europe. But they are finding new customers all the time. For instance, they sent an order of 2,500 pies to Orlando, Fla., for Universal Studio's new Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park attraction two weeks ago. The company also exports pies around the world, to places like Australia, South Africa and the British Virgin Islands.
-Canada’s economy remains strong - Don Lee/McClatchy Newspapers/Buffalo News Whatever else they’ve thought about their neighbor to the north, Americans have almost never looked to Canada as a role model. Indeed, during the long, bitter push to revamp the U.S. health care system, opponents repeatedly warned that if we weren’t careful, we could end up with a medical system like Canada’s. But on health care, and such crucial issues as the deficit, unemployment, immigration and prospering in the global economy, Canada seems to be outperforming the United States. And in doing so, it is offering examples of successful strategies that Americans might consider. ...
But having learned to tighten their belts in the 1990s, Canadians such as Michael Gregory have little sympathy for U.S. consumers who pile debt onto their credit cards and homes. “We’ve been taught: You don’t buy what you can’t afford,” said Gregory, a senior economist at theBank of Montreal. Or maybe not: - Some in Canada doubt recession is really over - Douglas Turner/The Buffalo News
Oh, and that pork pie place above. It's NOTHING like this:
Locally: - Buffalo consumers are now more willing to spend - David Robinson/The Buffalo News Consumers in the Buffalo Niagara region are more willing to spend today than they’ve been in 2-1/2 years, but they still plan to continue their stingy ways well into the future. A quarterly survey of consumer confidence in major New York cities found that local consumers are more willing than their counterparts in other parts of the state to buy things today. But their current confidence isn’t strong enough for those consumers to step up their future buying plans, which now are weaker than they’ve been since the end of 2008. “There certainly is a feeling that we’ve bottomed out of the recession,” said Douglas Lonnstrom, the founding director of the Siena Research Institute, which conducts the quarterly survey of consumer buying plans.
In Buffalo: - Waterfront project hearing turns tense - T.J. Pignataro/The Buffalo News ... Susan M. Davis, a Buffalo resident and economics professor at Buffalo State College, said that given the extent taxpayer dollars are used to finance the project, the city should make sure that money goes to creating "living wage jobs" in Buffalo. "I'm sure you notice the irony of business people asking for subsidies and then turning around and calling it "socialism,'" Davis said. Davis directed her statements at Buffalo businessman and gubernatorial hopeful Carl Paladino, who, in a fiery speech moments before, used the word "socialism" in chastising those trying to hold the project up and constrain business development at the harbor. - Canal Side project gets significant investment - Mark Sommer/The Buffalo News From the New York Power Authority.
In Kansas City: - Power & Light District will need big subsidies from city - Kevin Collison/The Kansas City Star In a major shift from its original financing plan, Kansas City officials now project that the Power & Light District will require a long-term $10 million to $15 million annual cash subsidy. When the city in 2006 approved issuing $295 million in bonds for the downtown entertainment project, it was conceived as a self-sustaining venture. But a delayed opening, the economic downturn and higher-than-expected borrowing costs have meant that so far it has not generated enough revenue to cover debt payments.
- Tops reveals exchange of debt - David Robinson/The Buffalo News Tops Markets is exchanging its $350 million in high-yield bonds in a move that will make the supermarket company’s debt available to a wider pool of investors. The plans for the debt exchange, revealed this week in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, would not reduce the company’s interest expense or increase its overall borrowings.
- Mansions move into millions - Jonathan D. Epstein/The Buffalo News A million-dollar price tag on a home isn't the hurdle it once was. In recent days, two mansions -- one in Buffalo and the other in Amherst -- each sold for more than $1 million, and 24 other homes in Erie County -- including five in Buffalo -- are listed at similar prices. Last week's sale of a home at 62 Middlesex Road [right] for $1.45 million might rank as the most expensive ever in Buffalo. "You're going to see more million-dollar sales. The houses are worth it. The market is there," said Susan Lenahan, a broker associate at MJ Peterson Corp., who sold three million-dollar homes last year in Buffalo and has three currently listed. "They don't sell quickly, and it takes a little more time on the market, but they do sell." Related: - Biggest Defaulters on Mortgages Are the Rich - The New York Times Whether it is their residence, a second home or a house bought as an investment, the rich have stopped paying the mortgage at a rate that greatly exceeds the rest of the population. More than one in seven homeowners with loans in excess of a million dollars are seriously delinquent, according to data compiled for The New York Times by the real estate analytics firm CoreLogic.
Dots to be connected from different days of Business Today. If you are a bank, someone probably wants you. If you are a worker, not so much.
- Feeling crunch of a high jobless rate - Samantha Maziarz Christmann/The Buffalo News The day Erin Mahoney-Lamb [right] found out her job as a paralegal had been eliminated, the news came that her husband's extended unemployment benefits were being cut off. "Our whole world just kind of crumbled in a matter of 24 hours," said the Town of Tonawanda mother of two. "We had already cut everything down and were being very careful with money. It was like, "Oh, no. What do we do?'" Early last month, 9,300 laid-off Western New Yorkers found their federal unemployment benefits abruptly cut off after Congress adjourned without approving an extension. A temporary measure to extend emergency unemployment benefits to the jobless — beyond the typical 26 weeks and up to 99 weeks — expired June 2. Efforts to reinstate the benefits stalled when Senate Republicans blocked a bill to continue the payments. ... In May, the Buffalo Niagara region had 13,900 fewer jobs than the same month two years earlier. With 44,400 people on the unemployment rolls, it was the second-highest jobless count in May on record and a large chunk of the two counties' total work force population of 581,400. ... "It's a difficult period for many people," said Robert Durante, business services specialist at the Buffalo & Erie County Workforce Development Consortium. Related: - Jobless claims drop but remain nearly at level they were in January - AP - Analysis: How 2 million lost jobless benefits - Andrew Taylor/AP [Comic relief below...]
- Local banks put forth great effort after mergers - Jonathan D. Epstein/The Buffalo News Want to see an army kick into high gear? Just go inside one of Buffalo’s big banks after it announces a new acquisition — something that has happened frequently in recent years. ...