There's mixed news on the manufacturing front. The Empire State Manufacturing Survey shows that general business conditions for manufacturers remained negative in October, for the fifth straight month. That's a monthly report in New York. Meanwhile, a national report says there are as many as 600,000 open jobs in manufacturing and factories can't find workers with the proper skills to fill those jobs. The survey, by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, says almost 70 percent of manufacturers are seeing a shortage of qualified workers.
Buffalo Scooter Co. says sales took off this year. The owners of Russo's Auto Service opened the full-service retail showroom on Oak Street in spring 2010. They say they had an excellent 2011 season and they're seeing more walk-in customers who live downtown. Customers are trying out scooters to save money. They start at $2,500, get up to 100 miles per gallon and go up to 40 miles per hour. Business will slow down over the winter, but should pick up again in early spring. Most people can ride scooters for three seasons in Buffalo.
Business First is hosting a Business Growth Expo at the Adam's Mark on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 11am to 5 pm. It features a tradeshow, business seminars and luncheon. You can call 541-1624 for more information or register in person at the Adam's Mark.