A western New York thrift is doubling its residential mortgage staff by hiring 10 displaced BankAmerica Corp. employees.

Lockport Savings Bank is taking in the Charlotte, N.C., banking company's Buffalo residential mortgage division, which is to be closed this month. The thrift's officials expect the additions to increase originations at their $1.4 billion-asset institution by $60 million a year. "It's hard to put it into words; we are just thrilled," said Richard J. Sapia, Lockport's vice president of residential mortgage.

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