Economy

Economy
2:18 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

100 Days Until Transit Center Opens

Credit myRTS.com

Officials with Rochester's bus company say the new RTS Transit Center will open ahead of schedule and under budget this fall.

The grand opening is set for November 28th.

Chief Information Officer in charge of the project, Miguel Velazquez, most of the work on the outside of the facility has been completed.

But  there are several systems that need to be commissioned, such as HVAC and technology systems that will need to be tested and vetted before the system goes live in November.

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Economy
3:26 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Xerox To Lay Off 123 People In The Rochester Area

Xerox has filed a notice with the NYS Labor Department that it is cutting 123 jobs from its Webster workforce by mid-November.

The jobs involved are related to providing maintenance and cleaning for Xerox Webster campus.

The company will outsource the work to  a Chicago-based real estate services company.

Xerox employs about 6300 people in the Rochester area.  The company issued a statement saying  the cuts are "a business decision based on its global strategy of exiting non-core activities."

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Economy
1:58 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

July Unemployment In Rochester Drops Over The Last Year

The unemployment rate for the Rochester region dropped in July to 6.1 percent, down from 7.2 percent a year ago. It was up slightly from June of this year, when it was 5.8 percent.

State labor officials say this marks the 18th consecutive month of over-the-year improvements in the jobless rate. The unemployment rate is expected to decline further in the coming months.

Officials say the slight rise from June to July was primarily seasonal in nature, with an influx of students looking for summer jobs combined with a decline in employment at public and private schools.

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Economy
6:42 am
Tue August 19, 2014

NY Wineries Can Import Grapes To Bolster Harvest

Credit fingerlakeswinealliance.com

(AP) — New York authorities will allow wineries to buy grapes and juice from out of state to make up shortages after a harvest expected to be well below normal because of last winters' harsh weather.

Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball said Monday the law requires all wines produced on New York farms must contain only grapes, fruit and other products grown in the state.

But a provision of the law allows for using imported products if more than 40 percent of a crop is lost to damage. Ball said 15 grape varieties met that requirement.

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Economy
4:23 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Zweigle's Expanding Its Rochester Plant

Rochester based Zweigle's is expanding.  The company known mainly for hot dogs and sausages will soon broaden its line of products with a 4500 square foot expansion at their plant on North Plymouth Avenue.

Director of Marketing Steve Vacanti says that by installing new equipment, Zweigle’s will be able to sell a number of other ready to go meats. 

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Economy
2:08 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Hart's Local Grocers Makes Its Debut

Downtown Rochester has a supermarket again for the first time in more than a decade.

A couple of hundred people gathered for the opening of Hart’s Local Grocers, on Winthrop Street in the East End on Friday morning. At 20,000 square feet, the store  is smaller than a traditional supermarket, but one which founder Glen Kellogg believes will fill a niche in that neighborhood and the surrounding area.

He is focusing a lot on locally sourced products, and figures that with more and more housing being established in that area, they'll get a lot of people who just want to walk to their grocery store.

"I think we're going to get a surprising amount of foot traffic, there are a lot of people who live within a quarter mile of here, and apparently the grove place association has a competition on who has the coolest wagon or cart to come to the grocery story with."

Before the store even opened, Allan Davidson was on line. He actually got there at about 6:00 a.m. He's made a habit of attending grand openings around the Rochester area in recent years, but he says the Hart's opening was a bit more meaningful for him.

"This one is a very special one to me because about 63 years ago, my first job that I ever had was a bag boy at the Star supermarket on Park Avenue, and as well all know, when Hart's left, Star (Markets) took over, so it's sort of reliving the past for me."

The store is smaller than the traditional supermarket, and it's located in the spot that used be occupied by Craig Autometrics.

Harts will be open seven days a week from 7am to 9pm

Connections
3:43 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Connection: Lake Affect Magazine Turns 20; and The Final LPGA Tournament in ROC

Lake Affect Magazine celebrates 20 years, and the LPGA celebrates the final tournament in Rochester.

The Little Theatre will host a public party for a small magazine with a devoted local following in the art community. Lake Affect turns 20 years old. We'll talk to publisher Michelle Cardulla about art, perseverance, and finding a way to make a living when you constantly feel like you could go broke.

Then we'll sit down with Jerry Stahl, Wegmans LPGA Tournament Co-Chair, about the tournament's history. They tee off in Rochester for the final time (or so it seems) on Thursday morning.

Economy
2:01 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Private Sector Jobs Rise By 5700 In July

Credit PBS.org

The Rochester area saw an increase in the local workforce in July according to numbers just released by the New York State Labor Department. Private sector jobs in the greater Rochester area rose by about 5700 compared to July of last year.

State Labor Analyst Tammy Marino says this has continued a recent trend.

"Hiring has been fairly strong in recent months, in fact, the pace of hiring picked up quite a bit in July and as a result, private sector employment rose to its highest July level in more than a decade."

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Economy
5:11 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Constellation Brands Buys A Tequila Brand

Credit Constellation Brands

VICTOR, N.Y. (AP)  Constellation Brands is buying Casa Noble tequila as it looks to tap growing demand for the Mexican drink.

Stars like Justin Timberlake, P Diddy, Carlos Santana, Sammy Hagar and George Clooney have all launched their own brands and tequila sales are rising.

Financial terms of the Casa Noble acquisition were not disclosed Wednesday.

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Economy
4:38 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

A Reprieve For A Batavia Shoe Manufacturer

There is apparently a deal in place to keep a shoe factory in Batavia open, after word that the company, PW Minor, was going to close as of July 31st.

A spokesman for the nearly 150 year old company says that an incentive package from New York State, along with a restructuring of PW Minor's operations, will keep the plant open, retaining about 55 jobs.

The new owners, Andrew Young and Peter Zeliff, along with government officials will gather at the plant on Thursday morning to talk about the deal.

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