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Hires/Promotions/Honors

Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection, an affiliate of Hillside Family of Agencies, named Stephen W. Bell and Melissa Gehman to its board of directors. Bell is a partner and director of public affairs and reputation management at Eric Mower and Associates. Gehman is vice president at Metal Locking Service in Buffalo. Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection helps at-risk youth stay in school and successfully graduate with the skills and confidence they need to become college- and career-ready.

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Richard Montagna, vice president for scientific affairs at Rheonix Inc., an Ithaca-based developer of an automated molecular testing platform, presented “Providing Cost-Effective Molecular Diagnostics: How to Overcome the Challenges” at the MDx Next Conference in Las Vegas. Montagna is based at Rheonix’s Grand Island location.

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Wendel appointed Jeffrey McBride a civil/environmental engineer in its water infrastructure group. McBride is a graduate of Virginia Tech and received his master’s degree from Utah State University and his MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Company Connections

Trek Inc., a designer and manufacturer of high-voltage power amplifiers and high-performance electrostatic instrumentation in Medina, introduced a new high-speed, high-voltage amplifier, Model 10/40A-HS, at the IEEE Pulsed Power & Plasma Science Conference held recently in San Francisco.

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A.V. Perfection Ltd., Depew, was awarded a $40,325 federal contract for Bosch camera systems from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Tampa Medical Center, Tampa, Fla.

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Formal Maintenance, Lancaster, was awarded a $23,775 federal contract for range hood cleaning services from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Fort Drum.

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OSM Corp., Olean, was awarded an $849,160 federal contract for vehicular furniture and accessories from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich.

Patents

Title: Oxygen to expand burner combustion capability

No.: 8,459,986

Inventor: Laux, Stefan E.F. (Williamsville)

Assignee: Praxair Technology (Danbury, Conn.)

Date issued: June 11, 2013