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Calspan lands big contract, Manufacturing lull in August and Corner Bakery Cafe prepares to enter Buffalo market

From Business Today:


Calspan Corp. has landed a huge contract with the Department of Transportation. The $40 million, five-year contract was awarded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to continue researching motor vehicle crashes.

Calspan operates the NHTSA's National Automotive Sampling System Zone Center 1, encompassing the Eastern United States. It collects crash data from counties and major cities for the Sampling System, a database used to improve highway safety.

The contract will allow the Cheektowaga company to retain 71 jobs--23 of them local--and could lead to more hiring in the future.


Buffalo Niagara's manufacturers stopped growing during August. Production and new orders both receded, according to a new report by the National Association of Purchasing Management.

The region's index of business activity at local factories fell to a reading of 50. That was down from July's 55.9 reading, which indicated modest growth.


Another restaurant chain is headed for the Buffalo market. Corner Bakery Cafe will open its first location on Transit Road in the Eastgate Plaza near Sheridan Drive in Amherst by December. A second location is slated to open in Amherst on Niagara Falls Boulevard between Maple Road and Interstate 290 by spring. Franchisee Fran DeSimone is looking for locations for another four restaurants in Western New York.

Corner Bakery Cafe is a fast casual franchise specializing in soups, salads and sandwiches with freshly-baked bread. Its concept is similar to that of Panera Bread.

Who is getting hired, promoted and honored?

I wonder what kind of data Calspan has on things like this:



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