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WNY Pulmonary Group Selects South Lockport Medical Campus
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Career Pathways Bring Western New Yorkers to Yahoo Lockport Datacenter
Progress Update: Hillman Automotive is Now Open!
WNY Pulmonary Group
WNY Pulmonary Group

Lockport's Snyder Drive is the latest addition to the offices of The Pulmonary Group of Western New York. The 5842 Snyder Drive office in the South Lockport Medical Campus is the second location for the five-physician practice, headquartered at 297 Spindrift Avenue in Williamsville. The Pulmonary Group specializes in critical care medicine, sleep medicine, and hyperbaric medicine in addition to pulmonary medicine. The practice occupies 1900 square feet at the Snyder Drive office. The South Lockport Medical Campus is also home to the professional offices of Dr. Julie Donohue and Artemis Center for Health & Wellness and the office of Dr. Sam Mozumdar.

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TJ and Kaitlyn
TJ Boyd and Kaitlyn Whitlock

Thomren (TJ) Boyd,

 Operations Center Engineer: Network Specialist

TJ Boyd parlayed five years of experience of hardware and software configuring into being one of the first hires by Yahoo for the Lockport Datacenter. A native of Niagara Wheatfield and a graduate of ITT Technical Institute in Getzville, Boyd began as a Mobil Deployment Field Technician for Synergy Global Solutions in 2006; he moved on to a Helpdesk Specialist position at Delaware North in Buffalo, and was then promoted to Network Operator with the Buffalo-based conglomerate. Boyd's tenure with Yahoo began in February, 2010, although the Lockport datacenter did not become operational until mid-August. He spent six months at Yahoo's Sunnyvale, California headquarters. While there, he underwent intensive training in Backbone Networking and Incident Management.


Kaitlyn Whitlock,

Network Operations Engineer

Kaitlyn Whitlock is a native of Lockport and a graduate of Lockport High School. Whitlock was a Cum Laude graduate of Brockport State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in

Computer Information Systems. Whitlock's work history began while she was a student at Brockport State, where she held numerous positions in the college's Library Information Technology Services. In the summer of 2009, Whitlock worked as a Data Processing Micro Intern in Niagara County's Central Data Processing Department. She joined the Yahoo team in May, 2010 as a Network Operations Engineer. Whitlock began her Lockport responsibilities after completing a nine week Yahoo training program at the Sunnyvale network operations center.

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December 2010

Dear Colleague,    
Welcome to  the next edition of
Lockport Business Opportunities!   The Town of Lockport Economic Development is committed to providing you with important information about recent business developments in the Lockport area.  We are pleased to  identify opportunities for investment in our community!
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So what does it take to get a job in Western New York's growing datacenter trade? A recent interview with three of the employees at Yahoo's Lockport datacenter, which began operations in August, 2010  reveals some interesting similarities as well as some different pathways for those interested in the field of datacenter technology.

   In general, here is what we found. Yahoo's current 75 Lockport employees consist of Site Operations Technicians, Network Operations Technicians and Facilities Operating Engineers. The Lockport, New York site, one of three regional Yahoo datacenters in the country, is headed up by a team of four managers, who have responsibilities, respectively, for Site Operations, Network Operations, Security and Facilities.  

   How each of these 75 "Yahoos" came to Lockport is a unique story, but below is a profile of three current staffers. 

Rob Jeeves,
Operations Center Manager
As Operations Center Manager at Yahoo's Lockport datacenter, Rob Jeeves is one of the four-person Yahoo management team at the Western New York site. Jeeves is a native of Wheatfield, having received an Associates Degree in Networking Technology at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, North Carolina. Although Yahoo undertook a nationwide search to fill the Operations Center Manager position, they found a proven professional with the skill sets they needed already residing in Western New York. Prior to his move to Yahoo, Jeeves was Research & Development Manager for Harris Computer, an industry leader in the development of software solutions for municipalities, utilities and schools. Jeeves began his 10-year technology career with MCI, first as a Network Engineer and as a Team Leader. He moved on to become Network Operation Manager for Polo Ralph Lauren until he accepted the R&D position with Harris Computer in 2008. In his current position with Yahoo, Jeeves, who resides in Buffalo, is responsible for ensuring a smooth work flow in the Operations Center.

Most Yahoo employees at the Lockport Datacenter are new hires, many of whom have been recruited from the Buffalo/Rochester labor market. Lockport Datacenter staff receive five weeks of training at Yahoo's Sunnyvale headquarters prior to beginning their responsibilities at the Lockport Industrial Park facility. Training continues at the Lockport site, with staff typically receiving one hour of classroom instruction per week.

The Lockport Datacenter handles Internet service for the entire East Coast for Yahoo; in addition, it provides technical support for Yahoo's worldwide operations from the Niagara County site. Yahoo's Quincy, Washington Datacenter serves the West Coast, and its Omaha, Nebraska Datacenter, serves the Midwest. The Lockport Datacenter is operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Additional information regarding Yahoo and its datacenter facilities can be found on http://www.ydatacentersblog.com/blog/new-york/

Progress Update: 
Hillman Automotive is Now Open!
Hillmans Automotive  
Hillman Automotive recently dedicated their new facility at 6362 Robinson Road, just 1/4 mile East of Transit Road. 
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