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Business

THE VALUE OF INVESTMENT: SHOPTAUQUA BOOSTS LOCAL BUSINESS

The mission of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is to create a business environment in the region where our members can thrive. As businesses of all sizes continue to reopen under the New York Forward plan, we are here to support and assist them. We call it Shoptauqua – a movement ...

Local Shoppers Return To Stores Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Warm weather and an easing of COVID-19 restrictions have shoppers happy to be back out in the world this week. Many returned to the Salvation Army Family store on Thursday in West Ellicott to take advantage of discounted prices. “It feels wonderful,” Karrie Wetzstein said. “I have a ...

Truck-Lite Layoffs To Begin At End Of July

FALCONER — Plans to close a Falconer manufacturing plant are moving forward. The longtime village-based Truck-Lite Co. has filed notification with the state Labor Department regarding the closing of its 310 E. Elmwood Ave. facility. The shuttering will result in layoffs to 97 employees, ...

‘Inevitable Decision’

Businesses in downtown Jamestown will take another financial hit this year because of the postponement of the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, but they’re not surprised by the decision. National Comedy Festival officials announced Thursday that they would be delaying the event until next year ...

Cummins Inc. Wins John Deere Program Award

Cummins Inc. has achieved partner-level performance classification in John Deere’s Achieving Excellence Program. The program focuses on building relationships with suppliers who work to add value to John Deere products and services. Cummins was evaluated on its ability to perform in the ...

Haglund Named Permanent President, CEO Of Heritage Ministries

The Heritage Ministries Board of Directors announced that the board has confirmed Lisa Haglund as the permanent president and CEO for Heritage and its affiliates. Haglund previously served Heritage as the vice president of marketing, sales, and development across all communities in four ...

Sweet Success

SILVER CREEK — Prepare for the warm cookie aroma to once again fill your senses. Petri is coming back to town. The company coming back to town will introduce 50 new jobs to start and is expected to create about 100 in total after 3-5 years. Chautauqua County’s deputy county executive ...

County Jobs Decrease 13.5% Over Last Year

Chautauqua County has lost 6,900 jobs over the past year as the effect of COVID-19 on the state and county labor force becomes even more pronounced. Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties have been less hard-hit than New York state as a whole, however. Chautauqua County has seen 13.5% of its ...

Seneca Games Names Interim President, CEO

Seneca Gaming Corporation announced this week the appointment of David Sheridan, currently the chief financial officer, as interim president and chief executive officer. The contract to CEO Holly Gagnon expires May 31. There are no other anticipated leadership changes at this time, Seneca ...

Rutter Named Chief Clinical Officer

Lisa Haglund, President and CEO of Heritage Ministries, announced that Jeremy Rutter, Heritage vice president of skilled nursing operations and executive director of Hearthstone Communities, a Heritage senior living community in Woodstock, Ill., has been named chief clinical officer of the ...

US Retail Sales Plunged A Record 16% In April As Virus Hit

BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. retail sales tumbled by a record 16.4% from March to April as business shutdowns caused by the coronavirus kept shoppers away, threatened the viability of stores across the country and further weighed down a sinking economy. The Commerce Department’s report Friday on ...

Making A Comeback

DETROIT (AP) — Defying a wave of layoffs that has sent the U.S. job market into its worst catastrophe on record, at least one major industry is making a comeback: Tens of thousands of auto workers are returning to factories that have been shuttered since mid-March due to fears of spreading ...

Stocks Manage Modest Gains, Still End Lower For The Week

Stocks capped another wobbly day of trading on Wall Street with modest gains Friday, though the S&P 500 still ended with its biggest weekly loss in nearly two months. The benchmark index rose 0.4% after falling 1.3% earlier in the day as investors weighed more grim data showing how ...

U.S. Layoffs Surged To Record High Of 11.4 Million During March

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. layoffs soared in March to a record 11.4 million after state and local governments closed restaurants, bars, movie theaters and other nonessential businesses in response to the intensifying viral outbreak. The Labor Department also said Friday that job openings ...

Staying CHQ Strong

The Leadership Team at Wegmans, 945 Fairmount Ave., West Ellicott, is thanking the local community for “helping make a difference together. As we continue to weather this storm, remember we are CHQ strong.” The team noted the following accomplishments: ¯ Wegmans just wrapped up its ...

New Sherman Grocery On Track To Open In May

SHERMAN — Despite the many interruptions caused the coronavirus pandemic, a new grocery store in Sherman is still on track to open soon, village trustees learned at their regular meeting this month. Village Mayor Colleen Meeder told trustees that the scheduled opening of Graham’s ...

Front-Line Work During Pandemic Falls On Women, Minorities

NEW YORK — As America tentatively emerges from weeks of lockdowns, the pandemic has taken its toll on workers who have been on the front lines all along. They have been packing and delivering supplies, caring for the sick and elderly, and keeping streets and buildings clean. They have ...

Century 21 Hires Two New Sale Associates

Century 21 Turner Brokers has announced the hiring of two sale associates. Kelsey Strom will specialize in residential property sales in the Chautauqua County and the surrounding areas. A local resident for her whole life, Strom graduated from Jamestown High School and continued her ...

Matching Grants Available For Businesses

In response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s mandate that all essential businesses must provide for the health and safety of their employees during the COVID-19 crisis, Chautauqua County, the county Industrial Development Agency, the Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corporation, Jamestown ...