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Beer. Smoothies. Urology practice expands.

   The last time I mentioned beer in the headline to a blog post, traffic shot up. Let's see what happens today.
Business Today:

- Brewery expands holdings - Dino Grandoni/The Buffalo News
   Rochester-based North American Breweries [first time I've ever been carded at my own computer] is buying another brewing company, Independent Brewers United, in a deal finalized at noon Wednesday.
   North American will take over operations at the Vermont-based company’s three breweries in Portland, Ore.; Berkeley, Calif.; and Burlington, Vt., along with its five alehouses and one retail store. Three craft beers — Magic HatPyramid and MacTarnahan’s  [must be 21 to click], — will be added to North American’s brand portfolio, which includes Genesee, Dundee and Seagram’s and most notably, Labatt, whose U.S. headquarters is in Buffalo. [In where else but Fountain Plaza.]
   The terms were not disclosed. “For our whole portfolio, the one area where we’re not strong is craft beers,” North American Breweries CEO Rich Lozyniak said. “This is one company we’ve been keeping our eye on.”

- Rich Products ends manufacturing at last local plant - Matt Glynn/The Buffalo News
   Rich Products has ended manufacturing at its plant at Niagara and West Ferry streets, and is Richproducts considering how to reuse the site.
   The company wrapped up production of a fruit-based concentrate, primarily used in smoothies and fruit shakes, at the end of July as planned. Rich Products opted to have a different company, Island Aseptics in Ohio, make the product on its behalf under a manufacturing agreement.
   Rich Products plans to keep the 172,000-square-foot plant rather than put the facility up for sale, said Dwight Gram, a company spokesman. The site is across Niagara Street from the company's world headquarters campus.

- Urology group plans Cambria site - Thomas J. Prohaska/The Buffalo News
   To meet what it believes will be a growing demand for its services and a declining pool of providers in Niagara County, Western New York Urology Associates announced Wednesday it plans to construct a new $11.3 million location in Cambria.
   Officials of the company went before the board of the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency to request a 15-year property tax break on the planned 37,000-square-foot, two-story building.
   Richard Terhaar, administrator of the company, said it built a major facility on Harlem Road in Cheektowaga in 2008, and 20 percent of the patients come from Niagara County....
   That location is on farmland at 3832 Saunders Settlement Road, which is Route 31. It’s about two miles east of Niagara County Community College and almost in the geographical center of Niagara County.

   Well, that all seems to flow together nicely.

-- George Pyle/The Buffalo News


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