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Hires/Promotions/Honors

SofTrek, a fundraising software developer, promoted Mark Grzechowiak to business analyst.

Grzechowiak is a University of Phoenix graduate.

Also, the company promoted Jeff Keller to software engineering project lead.

A University at Buffalo graduate, Keller joined the company as a software engineer two years ago.

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Company Connections

Cardvark Inc., in conjunction with TSYS Merchant Solutions, was awarded the contract for the payroll debit card program for workers from the Buffalo Board of Education, the City of Buffalo and Buffalo Sewer Authority. Cardvark, based in Buffalo, is an agent of First National Bank of Omaha.

Ciminelli Development Co., Williamsville, was awarded a $1,582,812 federal contract for the lease of office space from the General Services Administration's Public Buildings Service, Buffalo.

Dresser-Rand Co., Painted Post, was awarded a $140,000 federal contract for the repair of cartridges from the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command, Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Pinto Construction Services, Buffalo, was awarded a $125,000 federal contract for off-site snow removal services from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Western New York Health Care System, Cheektowaga.

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Patents

Title: Method for selecting lubricants for heat pumps

No.: 8,322,149

Inventors: Thomas, Raymond H. (Pendleton); Seeton, Christopher J. (East Amherst); Wilson, David P. (East Amherst); Yana Motta, Samuel F. (East Amherst); Spatz, Mark W. (East Amherst)

Assignee: Honeywell International (Morristown, N.J.)

Date issued: Dec. 4, 2012

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Title: Cylinder preparation for high purity acetylene

No.: 8,322,383

Inventors: Song, Xuemei (Grand Island); Brown, Lloyd Anthony (East Amherst); Thompson, Thomas (Grand Island); Johnson, David C. (Cheektowaga)

Assignee: Praxair Technology (Danbury, Conn.)

Date issued: Dec. 4, 2012