A well-known name in the electronics industry is coming to downtown Rochester. Panasonic, which earlier this year acquired a division belonging to a local high-tech company called Omni-ID, will be taking up some space in the first Federal Building.

Panasonic will have operations on the 1st and 21st floor of that building. The unit, Omni-ID's 'Industrial Internet of Things Solutions Group' previously was located at Eastman Business Park.

One of Rochester’s better known brands is in  expansion mode.

Zweigle’s, the meat manufacturing company which specializes in hot dogs and other products, will add 29,000 square feet to its Plymouth Avenue operation.

As part of that expansion, Empire State Development says that Zweigle’s will hire up to 33 new employees; at least a dozen of those jobs will be reserved for workers impacted by poverty. Almost 60 jobs will be retained.

In the latest WXXI Business Report, we hear about:

--The local impact of the just announced strike by the UAW against GM.

--Also, some positive news in a study about the risks of a housing downturn in Rochester if there is a recession.

--And leadership changes as part of a succession plan at LaBella Associates.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

A new center for people with autism and their families has opened in Rochester.

The Golisano Autism Center is a “one-stop hub” for services and support for people with autism, said Ann Costello, director of the Golisano Foundation.

A well-known philanthropist in Rochester has died. Peggy Wegman, who was married to the late Bob Wegman, died this week at the age of 91.

Peggy Wegman  was the mother of 8 children including former State Senator  and current Acting State Supreme Court Justice Rick Dollinger.

He says his mother was involved with a number of charitable activities, particularly education.

Roberts Wesleyan College announced Thursday that it has received the largest gift in the college’s history, $7.5 million.

The gift comes from local philanthropist and Paychex founder Tom Golisano, who also donated $5 million to Roberts in 2001 for a college library.

The fight to bring Whole Foods to Brighton took another turn Thursday. The State Department of Transportation released the results of its environmental review of the project and said that traffic and other impacts have been minimized. 

In the latest WXXI Business Report:

  • A local high-tech company is expanding and adding jobs.
  • The Cornell AgriTech facility in Geneva is helping a Rochester entrepreneur grow his business, which focuses on gourmet mushrooms.
  • End of an era for a well-known craft brew company.

Plans were unveiled this week for a new resort on Canandaigua Lake.

It’s called, appropriately, The Lake House, at the spot previously occupied by The Inn on the Lake.

The co-developers are Bill Caleo and Doug Bennett, members of the Sands family, who want to enhance the spot as a year-round destination.

The former hotel closed last year. The new one will include 125 guest rooms, a spa, new sea wall and boardwalk, and an event barn that can be used for things like weddings and conferences.


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