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Buffalo Business Report - Thursday May 29 2014

Birdair, a WIlliamsville design build company that creates fabric roofs for sports arenas and other buildings has announced the completion of three major World Cup projects in Brazil .  Here's their release:

The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup is the king of soccer competitions, so it’s only appropriate that three of the 2014 venues will be crowned with roofing by Birdair, the leading specialty design build contractor of lightweight long-span roofing systems and tensile structures of all sizes.

 The renovation of Estadio Mineirao Arena in Belo Horizonte and Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, as well as the construction of the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador are now completed. Their new looks are ready to debut at the 2014 FIFAWorld Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil. In 2011, Birdair, through its subsidiary Taiyo Birdair do Brasil (TBB), Ltda. of Sao Paulo, Brazil was awarded contracts to assist in the construction or modernization of the three event venues.

 Erie Community College, its One-Stop Career Training Center and the New York State Department of Labor will host the 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Job Fair on Thursday, May 29, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. inside their South Campus Cafeteria (Building 5) in Orchard Park.  
      More than 60 Western New York employers will meet with hundreds of local job seekers about over 700 positions with companies such as BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Fisher-Price and Time Warner Cable. And with thousands of college graduates returning home with hopes of starting a local career, there may be no better time to make such professional in-roads than this open-to-the-public affair. 

(AP) - New York state wants to help returning service members get jobs in the energy industry. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that five electric and natural gas companies are working with the state to design programs to provide workforce training for veterans interested in working for a utility.
     The utilities will work with colleges to create the program. The state's Division of Veteran's Affairs will coordinate outreach efforts to veterans. Cuomo says the program can help returning military service members adjust to civilian life while giving them valuable career skills.

Business First says Casa Di Pizza, an Elmwood Ave mainstay, has plans for a downtown location, with sale pending of the former OTB Parlor on East Mohawk St.