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With five locations in Western New York and Ohio, the Jamestown-based Jamestown Container Companies said it is ramping-up capabilities across its facilities to serve essential customers and the unique challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis. Locally, Jamestown Container is providing ...

Mitrano Hosts Talk With Area Businesses

A virtual round table discussion was hosted by a Democratic candidate for New York’s 23rd Congressional District with regional business owners who have been impacted by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak. Tracy Mitrano, D-Penn Yan, invited Margo Stuart of Ariel’s Bed & ...

Report: Energy Use In WNY Decreases

Energy use in Western New York has decreased between 6% and 8% since March 16, according to the New York Independent System Operator. The Independent System Operator released an analysis earlier this week of estimated COVID-19 demand impacts. Demand reductions are largest in the morning, ...

Europe Agrees On Virus Aid Package

BRUSSELS — Faced with a mounting coronavirus death toll and the prospect of a deep recession, European finance ministers have backed a major half-trillion-euro (about $550 billion) rescue package. But the agreement does little to paper over divisions about how best to tackle the impact of ...

Streak Ends

WASHINGTON — A record-long streak of U.S. job growth ended suddenly in March after nearly a decade, as employers slashed hundreds of thousands of jobs because of the viral outbreak that has all but shut down the U.S. economy. The unemployment rate jumped to 4.4% from a 50-year low of ...

Tourists Stranded By India Lockdown

NEW DELHI (AP) — Tourists stranded in India after their vacations were abruptly ended by India’s coronavirus lockdown and grounded flights are running out of money and hoping their embassies can help them get home. British tourist Emma Snashford said she and her friend had been kicked ...

Small Biz Rescue Off To Spotty Beginning

NEW YORK — The federal government’s relief program for small businesses is off to a bumpy start Friday, with some businesses able to apply and several big banks saying they’re not ready to process applications. Millions of small businesses are expected to apply for these desperately ...

Chinese Workers Struggle To Return To Jobs

WUHAN, China — After two months in locked-down Wuhan, Wei Lei was eager to get back to work on a railway construction site. Instead, the 22-year-old found himself stranded at an expressway toll plaza where police decided who was allowed in and out of the city where the coronavirus pandemic ...

Time To Boost The Schmooze? Trump Wants Tax Dining Deduction Back

WASHINGTON — It may be an odd gesture at a time of social distancing, but President Donald Trump is leaning into his plea to Congress to restore full tax benefits prized by business for fine dining and schmoozing. Trump is seizing on the pandemic crisis to push for an item on his economic ...

Jamestown KeyBank Among 10 In WNY To Temporarily Close Monday

A Jamestown KeyBank is one of 10 in Western New York scheduled to temporarily close in the company’s efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Matthew Pitts, a KeyBank spokesman, confirmed that the Southside Plaza location next to Tops Markets at 730 Foote Ave. will temporarily ...

OfficeMax Closing

LAKEWOOD — The OfficeMax located in the village of Lakewood will close its doors in mid-May. The 318 E. Fairmount Ave. store, located next to the Chautauqua Mall, began announcing closing sales late last week. Sarah England, a spokeswoman for Office Depot Inc., said the company “continues ...

Cummins To Bolster Investment In Fuel Cell Technology

Cummins Inc. is continuing its investment in fuel cell technology by making an additional cash investment in Loop Energy. The investment comes at a time when the novel coronavirus and its impacts on the national economy have prompted Cummins Inc. to withdraw its financial guidance for full ...

Serta To Donate Mattresses to Hospitals

Serta Simmons Bedding, the nation’s largest bedding manufacturer, announced this week it will donate 10,000 mattresses to New York City hospitals and temporary medical facilities fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is calling on its peers to do the same. While the healthcare system’s ...

Urgent Care Begins In-Vehicle Triage

WellNow Urgent Care said it has instated a new in-vehicle triage process in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective immediately, patients will be asked to complete an in-vehicle check-in process before entering a WellNow Urgent Care facility. This new procedure is a precautionary ...

Small Businesses Learn To Cope With Pandemic

Small businesses in the area face low customer volume and being closed until further notice. In an interview with Todd J. Tranum, Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, he addressed some of the biggest concerns he is hearing from businesses during this trying ...

National Grid To Delay Price Increases

National Grid has taken another step to reduce the coronavirus’ financial strain and economic uncertainty on upstate New York customers by deferring a bill increase that was scheduled to take effect April 1. The company has asked New York regulators for permission to postpone the ...

Attitude Of Health

Dr. Ken Erickson believes all of his life experiences have led him to this point. The former national champion powerlifter and current owner of Erickson Chiropractic is now looking to promote the Harbor Light Wellness Center. “Hopefully, we’ll have something for everybody,” ...

Cummins To Close Indiana Facility

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Cummins Inc. has suspended production at its Midrange Engine Plant in Walesboro, Ind., for two weeks in response to the decision by its customer Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to shut down pickup truck assembly until at least the end of March as a consequence of the coronavirus ...

Website To Support Local Businesses

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 situation, numerous businesses are still working hard to keep their doors open even under limited circumstances. Many have already been managing takeout and delivery services, and others are ramping up quickly to provide goods and service in new ways. The Chautauqua ...

County Unemployment Rate Ticks Up Slightly

Chautauqua County’s unemployment rate ticked up .2% in January as 100 fewer people found themselves employed and an additional 100 people entered the workforce compared to January 2019. The county’s unemployment rate was 5.9% in January 2020 compared to 5.7% in January 2019. Chautauqua ...