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Manufacturing Round Up for the Week of 4/6/15


Plug Power Employs Largest Staff Since 2008

“Plug Power has steadily increased its staff to more than 300 employees, the highest number since 2008 when a series of layoffs reduced the company’s workforce.”
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Captech Takes Big Step Winning Contracts With Two International Customers

“Captech Logistics, a warehouse and distribution company in Rotterdam, New York, has signed contracts with an Israeli lotion and cosmetics maker and a Swedish building supply company. The year-old third-party logistics company also is close to an agreement with a high-end Belgian bicycle manufacturer.”
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Genesee County’s Oldest Company To Expand, Bring Jobs Back From China

“PW Minor, which makes and distributes leather footwear and orthopedic products, will bring previously outsourced production work from China back to New York state. The move, announced Monday by Gov.Andrew Cuomo, will create 100 additional jobs at the company’s Batavia production facility as part of an overall $7.35 million expansion effort.”
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With $36M Contract, Astronics Will Keep Working With U.S. Navy

“Astronics Corp. (NASDAQ: ATRO) announced a five-year, $36.4 million contract from the U.S. Navy, extending a decade-long relationship. The East Aurora-based company will continue manufacture, test and deliver its Radio Frequency Distribution and Control System for Navy submarines.”
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Angels Open Wallets For SUNY Polytechnic Battery Startup

“An Albany, New York startup focused on building better lithium-ion batteries will receive $250,000 from the Eastern New York Angels (ENYA). Bess Technologies, co-founded by Fernando Gómez-Baquero, develops lithium-ion batteries with more energy storage capacity and faster charging rates for use in consumer electronics, electric vehicles and other applications.”
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Comfortex Will Start Selling Its High-End Blinds Overseas

“Comfortex Corp., which makes high-end custom blinds and shades for windows, will start selling its first custom made product in Europe this month. The blind, called “Odysee” is a product patented to Comfortex, said Tom Marusak, the company’s president and co-founder. The blind insulates, provides light control and is motorized.”
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