APP Pharmaceuticals on Grand Island has received a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration saying it has failed to address several serious violations the government agency found during a 2011 inspection. APP has said it will address the problems and that remedying the problems should not affect production or profits.
Young people are having a tough time finding jobs these days, so New York state has come up with an incentive program to help. The New York Youth Works program trains eligible people who are 16-24 years old and gives the companies that hire them $3,000 tax breaks per worker. Locally, GEICO and Ingram Micro have signed on so far. Details to apply for the program are available here.
The Hamister Development Group is planning to build a hotel in downtown Niagara Falls. The City Council anointed the firm the preferred developer for the long vacant site at 310 Rainbow Blvd., just minutes from the falls.
The garbage truck rolling down your street may be doing more than picking up your trash; it may be leading the way to a new energy future. Modern Disposal has 15 trucks that run on natural gas, and it just unveiled its new filling station at its storage yard in Lewiston. The natural gas is cheaper and cleaner than diesel, and it is from domestic sources. Sounds like a win-win-win situation.
Some local CEO's are on the block - the auction block that is. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is holding its annual CEO auction to raise funds for its efforts. The bidding for lunch with an area CEO and concurrent networking will occur at the annual party called the "The Hobnob" on Tuesday.
New Era Cap Co. has a knack for being on the cutting edge of popular culture, and they are proving it again with their latest hat called "Linsanity." The cap honors New York Knicks phenom Jeremy Lin. The American graduate of Harvard who is of Taiwanese descent has electrified the sports world. New Era's cap will go on sale at the Delaware Avenue store on Tuesday.
The progress toward alternative fuels for vehicles and other machines is getting a boost from two area companies. Tonawanda-based ENrG Inc. and Niagara Falls-based TAM Ceramics are teaming up to create membranes and powders that are used in fuel cells. Both received grants from the NY State Energy Research and Development Authority to further their efforts.
Western New York is full of technological expertise and surprises. Two of them come together Monday on the 50th anniversary of John Glenn's obit of the Earth. Turns out the oxygen regulator that helped Glenn breathe during that historic trip was invented and built here. And it is on display in Orchard Park in the lobby of Cobham Plc., the company that bought Carleton Technologies. George Ord, a co-founder of Carleton, developed the regulator that Glenn used, and then in a surprising turn of events, he brought it back from the Smithsonian Institution. It's a terrific story.
When you are listening to your radio and you hear Kevin O'Connell on WECK-1230, and you turn on your television a few minutes later and see him on TV doing the weather, do you ever think, 'wow, he really moves fast, from the radio studio' ? Think again. He is using a technology called voice tracking that many radio personalities are using.
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, a Syracuse biker hangout turned food pilgrimage destination, may soon open its doors in Buffalo. The restaurant's CEO said Wednesday that he is looking for a spot within the city of Buffalo for his next location. Deals haven't been finalized, so CEO John Stage was mum on details, but he did say he has been trying to make a Buffalo location happen for the past two years.