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New arena at Will Rogers takes shape


The proposed Will Rogers Memorial Center arena continues to take shape as voters head for a Nov. 4 election to decide whether to approve new taxes to help pay for the $450 million facility.

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Ex Rangers manager Washington apologizes for 'breaking wife's trust'

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington says he is embarrassed for 'breaking his wife's trust.'

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Cooking Class: Fort Worth chef brings home the gold

Toques off to Timothy Prefontaine. The executive chef at the iconic Fort Worth Club is currently the best in the nation, according to the American Culinary Federation. Prefontaine earned the title of 2014 U.S.A.’s Chef of the

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Fort Worth firm 'simplifies' advertising

Reaching customers requires more than price slashing and flashy ads. In today’s competitive marketplace, machines – not men and women – are essential to tapping new markets and

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Trinity Valley School leader to leave in May 2015

Gary Krahn, head of school for the past eight years at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, will leave his position in May 2015 when he and his wife Paula will move

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Energy-related steel factory slated for Buffalo, N.Y., bringing 170 jobs

 

CAROLYN THOMPSON, Associated Press


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo's steel-making history helped the city land a $102 million factory that will produce pipes for the oil and gas industry and create 172 jobs, according to the president of the Dubai-based manufacturer.

"Buffalo was once the heart of steel manufacturing in the U.S. and most of those factors, such as logistics, infrastructure and the availability of a strong and talented workforce, that made the city ideal for manufacturing remain true today," Alita USA President and Chief Executive Ali Hosseini said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that economic incentives for the project, which had been considered for Houston, include $2 million in funding from the sale of unallocated hydropower and up to $6.4 million in tax credits. The New York Power Authority will consider a low-cost power allocation and the Erie County Industrial Development Agency is offering a $2 million "forgivable loan" toward development costs of the plant.

The state last year enacted legislation to allow the sale of unused hydropower from NYPA's Niagara Hydroelectric Power Plant to be deposited into a regional economic development fund.

"Today we are seeing another example of how this funding is helping to put New Yorkers to work and revitalize the western New York economy," Cuomo said.

The 324,000-square-foot Alita factory and a 16,000-square foot lab, storage and office building are planned for a brownfield site in south Buffalo, near the city's Lake Erie waterfront. Hosseini said the factory will be the company's first U.S. manufacturing site and produce up to 150,000 tons of what are known as oil country tubular goods annually.

The average wage and benefits will total $72,500, according to documents submitted to the state.

The startup company, in seeking a hydropower allocation, said it was looking to offset higher shipping and logistical costs than it would have had in Houston, which is closer to most of its potential customers.

Earlier this year, Welded Tube USA began making steel tubing for the oil and gas industry at a 110,000-square-foot facility at the former Bethlehem Steel site in nearby Lackawanna.
 

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