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Ford laying off 150, Buffalo Games is looking for product testers, Profits soar at Taylor Devices and local lawyer named NLRB chairman

From Business Today:


About 150 workers at the Ford Stamping Plant in Hamburg are facing layoffs. The furloughs will take effect Sept. 12. Some of the laid off employees are making arrangements to transfer to Ford plants in Louisville, Ky. and Chicago, while others remain here, hoping to be called back to their jobs.

The Route 5 facility made stamped metal parts for an assembly plant near St. Thomas, Ont. That plant is scheduled to close in two weeks, and the reduced workload calls for fewer employees. About 500 salaried workers will be left at the Hamburg plant.


Buffalo Games is looking for game testers. The Buffalo-based maker of puzzles and party games is launching an official Play Laboratory at its James E. Casey Drive headquarters. The purpose is to test new game concepts throughout their development and before they go to market. Game testers will be observed by designers--sometimes playing with them--and answer questions. They'll be provided pizza, drinks and snacks while they play and be given some free games to keep. To sign up, click here.


Fourth-quarter profits at Taylor Devices were up by 64 percent. The North Tonawanda company makes shock absorbers, which are in big demand to protect buildings and bridges from earthquake and high wind damage. The company's profits jumped to more than $722,000, or 23 cents per share, from $439,496, or 13 cents per share, a year ago.


A local lawyer has been named chairman of the National Labor Relations Board. Mark Gaston Pearce has served on the NLRB for the past year, but was made chairman by President Obama over the weekend. Pearce was a founding partner of the Creighton, Pearce, Johnsen and Giroux firm in Buffalo, where he worked from 1979 to 1994.



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