The Town Highway Superintendents Association of Erie County elected Frederick J. Piasecki Jr. president for the 2013-14 term. Piasecki is the highway superintendent of the Town of Orchard Park. Other officers: first vice president, Ted Donner, Town of Clarence; second vice president, Michael Zywar, Town of Wales; treasurer, Edward J. Michalski, Town of Evans; and secretary, Patrick G. Lucey, retired, Town of Amherst.


Pella Windows and Doors of WNY, 2580 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga, named Gina Welsh a retail sales representative. Welsh, a graduate of Binghamton University, previously worked with Sears Home Improvements. Also, the company promoted Jessica Schlecht to marketing specialist. Schlecht has been with the company for three years. She holds a master’s degree from Canisius College.


Arista Real Estate Services appointed Nicholas Corto director of commercial real estate sales. Corto will specialize in the Southtowns for the agency. Corto worked in marketing and business development in his family-operated salon chain, Corto’s Salons and Spas.

Company Connections

Denton Cottier & Daniels in Amherst received a designation as one of the Top 100 music instrument and product retailers in the world from the National Association of Music Merchants. The award will be presented to the designated Top 100 dealers at NAMM’s annual summer music event, Summer NAMM, in Nashville, Tenn. Denton Cottier & Daniels is also in the running to receive NAMM’s Dealer of the Year award.


The Concord Grape Belt Heritage Association recently opened an information center, retail outlet and tasting room at the Grape Discovery Center at 8305 W. Main Road, Westfield, in Chautauqua County. In a final phase, expected to be completed by fall, an exhibit area will teach people about the history and production process of grapes for juice, wine, jelly and new products like grape seed oil.


Kinequip Inc., Amherst, was awarded a $46,740 federal contract for reciprocating compressor units from the Defense Logistics Agency’s Defense Supply Center, Columbus, Ohio,


Tecmotiv USA, Niagara Falls, was awarded a $37,132 federal contract for piston rods from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Anniston, Ala.


Title: Serum-free mammalian cell culture medium and uses thereof

No.: 8,455,246

Inventors: Gorfien, Stephen (Williamsville); Fike, Richard (Clarence); Godwin, Glenn (North Tonawanda); Dzimian, Joyce (Lancaster); Epstein, David A. (East Amherst); Gruber, Dale (East Amherst); Price, Paul (Grand Island)

Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation (Carlsbad, Calif.)

Date issued: June 4, 2013