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Manufacturing Round Up for the Week of 07/08/16

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Boston Valley Terra Cotta has Come a Long Way from its Brick-making Roots

“Drive through the rolling hills of Orchard Park on South Abbott Road, and suddenly it’s there, in a secluded spot: a sprawling plant that is home to Boston Valley Terra Cotta. It seems an unlikely place to find a manufacturer working on projects for buildings in Buffalo, New York City, and even other countries.”
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$40 million in State Funds sought for Airport Project

“Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and the Greater Rochester International Airport are asking the state for $40 million to transform the airport into a high-tech “smart terminal.” New York has made some $190 million available as part of its Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization Solicitation initiative. Upstate airports are to be awarded up to $40 million each based on applications they submitted by July 1”
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Regeneron acquires Pitney Bowes building in Rensselaer Tech Park

“Regeneron Pharmaceuticals has acquired the 217,000-square-foot former headquarters of home-grown software mapping company MapInfo for $17.75 million. The drug developer bought the four-story office building in the Rensselaer Technology Park in North Greenbush, New York from Pitney Bowes.”
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USDA expands Barley Insurance in N.Y., Helps Breweries

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency will expand its conventional barley crop insurance to 13 new counties in New York state this year and an additional 16 counties in 2017. The new insurance will cover all upstate counties. The RMA will also begin offering coverage for malting barley in four counties in 2017.”
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Regional Manufacturing Orgs – the BNMA and GNMA – Agree to Merge

“The Buffalo Niagara Manufacturing Alliance and Greater Niagara Manufacturing Alliance have agreed to merge, a move that will likely take place within six months. Board members for the GNMA, which represents about 25 manufacturers in Niagara County, voted to unanimously support the merger at the organization’s June meeting.”
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West Elm finding its Own Local Maker Groove, Separate from Etsy

“Home goods chain West Elm, looking to add a local flair to its offerings, had a message for the craftspeople and designers residing near its 70-plus retail stores across North America last night: we’re interested.”
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GE will Close Upstate New York Plant

“General Electric confirmed Thursday that it will close its locomotive turbocharger manufacturing plant in Latham, New York within the next year. GE Transportation Engine Systems employs 48 people at the suburban Albany plant. Declining demand for remanufactured turbochargers for Electro-Motive Diesel Inc. locomotives led to the decision to shut down the factory near Albany International Airport.”
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