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>Hires/Promotions/Honors

Bear Metal Works, a Buffalo steel fabrication shop, named Chris Beyer vice president of operations. Beyer controls the manufacturing floor for both Bear Metal Works and Denler Stainless, the company's new division acquired through the recent purchase of Denler Sheet Metal.

Also, the company appointed Bradley Steffen project/sales manager, Jeffery Kruse a press brake operator and Marty Slawiak a metal finisher and polisher.

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>Company Connections

ChristmasCentral.com was ranked by Inc. magazine at 1,445 overall and 72 in the retail industry among fastest growing private U.S. companies. The company recently opened its second warehouse in Cheektowaga, increasing its warehouse space to more than 250,000 square feet. The company has 50,000 Christmas items. ChristmasCentral.com is a division of Gordon Companies, which owns and operates its flagship Cheektowaga store, Dave's Market and Christmas Wonderland.

The Construction Exchange of Buffalo & WNY, a nonprofit organization that serves the Western New York commercial construction industry, has increased its membership by 50 percent over the last five years.

Daemen College recently announced a student/faculty exchange program between the college and the Eastern European State Higher School in Przemysl, Poland, for joint research opportunities.

Mullican Flooring, a U.S. hardwood floor manufacturer, was the exclusive hardwood flooring sponsor for this year's HGTV giveaway, a 1,700-square-foot condominium located at Paramount Bay, a luxurious residential tower in Miami. This marks the second time that Mullican has been a sponsor in the Urban Oasis promotion. Flooring from Mullican's Castillian Collection has been selected by two designers for use on cable television renovation projects during 2012.

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>Contributing

Lake Shore Savings Bank presented a $1,000 check to the Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association in the name of Joanne Pearl-Barbati of JM Management Services. Pearl-Barbati is a former chairwoman of the association's board of directors.

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>Patents

Title: Mercury adsorbents compatible as cement additives

No.: 8,328,909

Inventors: Chao, Chien-Chung (Williamsville); Thompson, David R. (Grand Island); Bradley, Jurron (New York); Pontonio, Steve J. (Eden)

Assignee: Praxair Technology (Danbury, Conn.)

Date issued: Dec. 11, 2012