Nichols School appointed Mary Rech Rockwell assistant head of school and Danielle Vallas mental health counselor. Rockwell, most recently director of studies, has been with the school since 1980. Vallas joined the school in 2005 as a physical education faculty member, coach and wellness teacher. She recently earned a master’s degree in mental health counseling from the University at Buffalo after graduating from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and earning a master’s in education from Canisius College.


Phillips Lytle partner Dave H. Kernan will give a presentation about federal income taxation of life insurance products to the Buffalo Chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors on Oct. 17 at Milo’s Restaurant in Williamsville.

Company Connections

M&T Bank Corp. has received an “Outstanding” Community Reinvestment Act rating from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. M&T has earned the highest rating awarded by the Federal Reserve Bank on each of its period CRA exams since 1982, with the 2013 rating reflecting M&T’s community development performance through June 30, 2012, and mortgage and small business lending performance through Dec. 31, 2011.


Moog Inc., East Aurora, was awarded a $3,029,324 federal contract for B-2 actuator test stands from the U.S. Air Force Materiel Command, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.


Fluid Handling, Cheektowaga, was awarded $49,480 contract for industrial fluid coolers from the Defense Logistics Agency’s Defense Supply Center, Columbus, Ohio.


U.S. Innovative Construction, City of Tonawanda, was awarded an $82,000 federal contract for work room renovation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Western New York Health Care System, Buffalo.


The Advertising Club of Buffalo recently hosted “The Big Tip-Off,” its celebrity bartending event, raising more than $4,000 for the Ad Club Scholarship Fund, which supports the local advertising community by awarding educational resources to area students annually.


Title: Adsorptive composite barriers for packaging applications

No.: 8,524,115

Inventors: Solovyov, Stanislav E. (Getzville); Powers, Thomas (Mayville); Incorvia, Samuel A. (North Tonawanda)

Assignee: Multisorb Technologies (Buffalo)

Date issued: Sept. 3, 2013


Title: Multiple layer substrate support and exhaust gas treatment device

No.: 8,524,161

Inventors: Kumar, Amit (Getzville); Fernandes Jr., Sergio David (Getzville)

Assignee: Unifrax I LLC (Niagara Falls)

Date issued: Sept. 3, 2013