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Bill Tuyn, of the Buffalo office of Greenman & Pedersen, was elected second vice president of the New York State Builders Association for 2013 at its winter board meeting in Saratoga Springs recently. Also, Scott Schlager, of Comfort Window and Doors, was elected associate director of the association. The New York State Builders Association is a not-for-profit trade association comprising 16 local affiliates across the state, representing 2,300 single and multifamily builders, remodelers, developers and associate member firms.

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Mount Calvary Cemetery Group presented the Outstanding Performance Award to Ron Falter at its annual employee luncheon recently. Also, Larry Durenbeck received the Idea of the Year Award, and Edward Williams was recognized with the cemetery’s Safety Award.

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Blue Bridge Financial appointed Melanie DelValle credit manager at the firm’s Buffalo headquarters. DelValle has more than 10 years’ experience in small-business credit, including more than eight years at M&T Bank. She graduated from Buffalo State College and earned a master’s degree from Canisius College.

Company Connections

The Western New York Federal Credit Union, located at 1937 Union Road, West Seneca, was named Business of the Year by the West Seneca Chamber of Commerce. Over the past nine years, the credit union has raised more than $67,600 for the West Seneca Relay for Life, sponsored and participated in the Hunter’s Hope Walk, partnered and raised funds for the West Seneca Care for Kids Program, raised funds for the West Seneca Food Pantry, adopted the Kathleen Mary House every Christmas and fulfilled Christmas wish lists for all.

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Pure Hockey and Commonwealth Lacrosse (“ComLax”) will each open retail stores at 3265 Sheridan Drive in Amherst. The stores will represent TSG Enterprises’ first retail stores in New York State. Openings are scheduled for May.

Patents

Title: Reactive flash volatilization of fluid fuels

No.: 8,349,289

Inventors: Salge, James R. (Lancaster); Schmidt, Lanny D. (Minneapolis); Dauenhauer, Paul J. (Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.); Dreyer, Bradon J. (Rockford, Mich.),

Assignee: Regents of the University of Minnesota (St. Paul)

Date issued: Jan. 8, 2013

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Title: Processes for forming coated abrasive products

No.: 8,349,406

Inventors: Wei, Paul (Tonawanda); Swei, Gwo (Vandalia, Ohio); Nevoret, Damien (Worcester, Mass.); Yang, Wenliang Patrick (Ballston Lake)

Assignee: Saint-Gobain Abrasives (Worcester, Mass.)

Date issued: Jan. 8, 2013