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Local banks are hiring, job growth continues, Noco chief talks energy at UB, and 7-Eleven arrives

From Business Today:


Local banks are recruiting employees. M&T Bank is looking to fill 285 positions, including auditors, clerks, credit and fraud analysts, tellers, administrative assistants, managers, supervisors, salespeople, loan originators and telephone representatives. Salaries range from the high $20,000s to more than $100,000. You can apply here.


First Niagara, which has stated an overall goal of adding 500 new employees, is looking to fill 86 positions in Erie and Niagara Counties. Apply here.

HSBC is hiring 25 people locally. Bank of America is adding 17. KeyCorp and Evans Bancorp each have 18 openings. Financial Institutions in Warsaw is hiring seven. Citizens Financial Group is hiring six. Northwest Savings Bank is hiring four. Lake Shore Savings Bank and Community Bank System each have one opening.


Job growth continues in Buffalo Niagara. The region added 7,100 jobs over the last 12-month period, ending in August. That's a 1.3 percent annual growth rate, according to numbers for the state labor department.

August's growth rate was more subdued than July's, but was the best August on record since 1999.

The gains are due to a spike in construction work as well as strong hiring in education and health care services.


James D. Newman, president and CEO of of Noco Energy Corp., talked shop at UB Thursday for its "Business of Energy" seminar on sustainable transportation.

He said his company will deliver any kind of energy customers want, but that customers haven't really decided what that energy is. They go back and forth between being environmentally conscious and budget conscious.

For transportation biofuels to succeed, a consistent, long-term strategy is needed. He called for a clear, long-term government policy that would give consumers and investors a stable, forward-looking time frame.



Wilson Farms will soon be a thing of the past. It has been owned by Texas chain 7-Eleven since June, but hasn't shown any signs of outward change. Well, a handful of the convenience stores have begun their transformation. Some stores have new signage, reconfigured aisles and product offerings and have begun adding the store's signature Slurpee and Big Gulp drinks.

Who is getting hired, promoted and honored?

Happy Friday!



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