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The board of directors of InfoTech Niagara elected Patrick Finucane as treasurer. Finucane is the chief financial officer at Ronco Communications. InfoTech Niagara is the trade association of Western New York’s information technology industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Canisius College and a MBA from the University of Northern Colorado.

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The Healthcare Association of New York State re-elected Joseph McDonald chairman of its board of trustees for a second term. McDonald is president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health System in Buffalo.

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Nothnagle Realtors named Sam Palame and Jeanette Krieger salespersons at its Amherst branch.

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First Niagara Financial Group senior vice president, corporate communications, David Lanzillo was honored as an ExecRank “Top Communication Executive,” a distinction reserved for fewer than 2 percent of U.S. public company communications executives. Lanzillo is based at First Niagara’s Larkin District headquarters. ExecRank’s rankings are the result of two years of research and feedback from evaluation committees and top chief communications officers that yielded an algorithm for how to rank communications executives based on their performance in 24 key areas, including experience, business results, and technology adoption.

Company Connections

Moog Inc., East Aurora, was awarded a $378,060 federal contract for hydraulic motor assemblies and a $273,960 federal contract for the repair of analog to digital converters from the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command, Philadelphia. It also was awarded a $31,800 federal contract for valves from the U.S. Air Force Materiel Command, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.,

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Dresser-Rand Co., Painted Post, was awarded a $38,137 federal contract for compressor panels from the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command, Mechanicsburg, Pa.

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UB Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center collaborated in the establishment of UB OrthoCare. The facility was established specifically for the treatment of muscle, bone and joint injuries within 72 hours of when those injuries occur. Concussion diagnosis and treatment also will be available as will bracing, casting and therapeutic injections. UB OrthoCare will be open from 5 to 9 p.m., Monday-Friday in Suite 600 of the Summit Healthplex, 6934 Williams Road, Wheatfield. In a related move, Memorial will extend the hours of operation for walk-in X-ray service at Summit Healthplex to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Patents

Title: Gravity gradiometer system

No.: 8,375,785

Inventors: Metzger, Thomas (Wheatfield); Sieracki, David L. (Depew); Dosch, Daniel E. (Hamburg)

Assignee: Lockheed Martin (Bethesda, Md.)

Date issued: Feb. 19, 2013

Title: Plate-fin heat exchanger

No.: 8,376,035

Inventors: Howard, Henry Edward (Grand Island); Jibb, Richard John (Amherst)

Assignee: Praxair Technology (Danbury, Conn.)

Date issued: Feb. 19, 2013