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Hires/Promotions/Honors

Ciminelli Real Estate Corp. promoted Zach Melas to procurement and property manager. Melas has been with the company for six years. Also, the company promoted Kristen Dzon to service systems manager and Jeff Napieralski to facilities manager. Dzon has been with the company for 10 years. Napieralski has been a Ciminelli employee for 20 years.

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First Niagara Risk Management Executive Vice President John Hoffman was selected as the 2013 inductee to the Clement Trustees, a group established to recognize exemplary volunteer commitment to the American Red Cross Serving Erie and Niagara Counties. Hoffman has served as a board member of the local chapter of the national nonprofit for nine years.

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SofTrek Corp., a fundraiser software developer, named Carol Simkanich a software engineer. Simkanich previously was a junior software developer at Xcira Inc. Also, the company named Nian Dong a Web applications engineer and Kelly Sallander a support and training specialist. Sallander previously was a certified academic tutor at the University at Buffalo.

Company Connections

Hobby Lobby recently celebrated the grand opening of its Lancaster store at Transit Road and Wehrle Drive. The 56,000 square-foot retail store is the chain’s 12th location in New York State. Pedro Martinez is the store manager.

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Tecmotiv (USA) Inc., Niagara Falls, was awarded a $1,889,522 federal contract for diesel engines and components from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, Mich.

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Ecology & Environment, Lancaster, was awarded a $329,935 federal contract for natural resources and conservation services from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, Denver.

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Ensil Technical Services, Niagara Falls, was awarded an $11,368 federal contract for communication, detection and coherent radiation equipment from the U.S. Air Force Materiel Command, Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

Contributing

People Inc. has received a $14,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 74 grants totaling more than $500,000 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families and caregivers. Created by the late Dana Reeve, the program has awarded 2,205 grants totaling nearly $17 million since 1999. The center will use the grant for the purchase of the Pressure Mapping System for its Wheelchair Clinic.

Patents

Title: Bundle insertion/extraction system and method

No.: 8,534,986

Inventors: Borer, Cyril John (Allegany); Edick, Jeffrey C. (West Clarksville); Walker, Stephen T. (Olean); Suain, David (Portville)

Assignee: Dresser-Rand Co. (Olean)

Date issued: Sept. 17, 2013