GETZVILLE (WKBW) Bank of America is closing its Getzville facility come June, laying off 1200 workers. So the push is now on to make sure as many of those soon-to-be unemployed can find jobs, and do so locally.
Of the 1200 layoffs, Bank of America is relocating about 100. The biggest chunk is being handled by M&T Bank, who will take over 600 of the mortgage jobs at the same facility, keeping them in the area.
"We've also got another 400 positions open throughout the rest of M&T Bank, and there are some other local companies with openings that are looking to fill," M&T Spokesman Michael Zabel said.
That is exactly the thought of Colleen DiPirro, the President of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce.
"We do have enough substantial growth companies that we're not going to see an overall loss in jobs," DiPirro said.
That includes suggestions like Geico and CitiBank, where DiPirro says workers could stay local and fill the needs of expanding companies within the same business park.
"I think we will see no job decline as a result of this," she continued, "You may see people out sourced from this industry, going to other places, but there will be added opportunities in other areas."
And if that goal can become a reality, absorbing and shifting jobs without losing many, it means limited negative impact to Western New York.
"We're no longer seeing a job loss of 500 from one company as the end of the world. We're looking at it as mobilizing new efforts and new opportunities for residents," DiPirro concluded.