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Hires/Promotions/Honors

The Nature Conservancy’s Central & Western New York Chapter named Andrew Wheatcraft critical lands director. Wheatcraft was educational facilities planner for Rochester City School District since 1996. He graduated from McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College) and received a master’s degree from Duke University’s School of the Environment.

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Columbus McKinnon Corp., a designer, manufacturer and marketer of material handling products, announced the appointment of R. Scott Trumbull to its board of directors. Trumbull is chairman and chief executive officer of Indiana-based Franklin Electric Co., a global producer and marketer of systems and components for the movement of water and automotive fuels. He will serve on the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee.

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The Bonadio Group, an upstate New York independent provider of accounting, consulting and financial services, promoted Patrick Garvin and Neil Giunta from experienced to in charge.

Company Connections

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York was named one of the Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America according to Healthiest Employers. The health insurance company was the only Western New York-based company to be named to the list. The company was recognized for making innovative strides in adopting a culture of wellness and providing its employees with the necessary resources to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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BS&P Wealth Management, headquartered in Buffalo, was recognized for its achievements at 1st Global’s annual national conference, recently in Dallas, Texas. The firm achieved One Diamond Eagle status. The award is given to firms based on their production volume across all product lines.

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Arlene White and Maryann Stein, formerly from the Binational Alliance and Erie County Industrial Development Agency, launched a new business partnership Cross-Border Business Experts. The partners, who are registered in both Canada and the United States, will provide clients with consulting services, research, training and targeted contacts to support and expedite their exporting objectives. Cross-Border Business Experts has offices in Buffalo and Fort Erie, Ont.

Contributing

Read to Succeed Buffalo was awarded $31,500 in funding from the Buffalo Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of the Rotary Club of Buffalo. This is the third consecutive year of a three-year, $60,000 investment by the Buffalo Rotary Foundation to expand Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, an international program launched in 1996. Locally it provides one free, age-appropriate book per month to registered children living in the RTSB Literacy Zone (14215 ZIP code) from birth until age 5. Currently more than 1,000 children are enrolled and about 10,770 books have been distributed since the program launched in Buffalo in 2012. To register a child living in the 14215 zip code for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, please contact RTSB at 843-8895 or visit www.readtosucceedbuffalo.org.

Patents

Title: Copper anode refining system and method

No.: 8,623,114

Inventors: Mahoney, William John (East Aurora); George, David B. (Salt Lake City, Utah); Enriquez Jr., Arsenio C. (West Jordan, Utah); Deneys, Adrian Christian (Danville, Calif.); Masterson, Ian Francis (Noblesville, Ind.); Manley, Stephen (Spring, Texas); Cates, Jesse (Brownsburg, Ind.); Albrecht, Kevin (Brownsburg, Ind.)

Assignee: Praxair Technology (Danbury, Conn.)

Date issued: Jan. 7, 2014