Manufacturing

Industry Overview

The manufacturing industry has strong roots in Western New York. Today, local manufacturers face new challenges as the industry continues to grow. The Partnership helps companies navigate the business environment while addressing their advocacy and workforce development needs.

Council Overview

The Manufacturing Council is a large and influential cross-section of private sector leaders in the production and fabrication industries dedicated to promoting the growth and expansion of manufacturing throughout the region.  The Council seeks to address the primary challenges faced by manufacturers in order to stimulate new growth throughout the region.

Our mission includes:
  • Develop a growing manufacturing workforce
  • Coordinate with Buffalo Niagara manufacturing organizations
  • Foster a healthy economic climate for industrial and technology employers
Top Initiatives for 2018:
  • Support overdue reauthorization of the Pell Grant program and expand eligibility to cover certificate programs and other job readiness training
  • Support overdue reauthorization of the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act with a focus on aligning programs and funding with the needs of regional, state and local labor markets
  • Upgrade NY’s aging power grid to improve reliability
  • Develop NY’s natural gas transmission system
  • Encourage city and county leaders to continue to appoint private sector employer representatives to local Workforce Investment Board
Programming:

Signature Event

  • Manufacturing Month Summit

Initiative Engagement

  • Engage with Employ Buffalo Niagara on workforce development pain points

Best Practices & Learning

  • Business to business work sessions to address key manufacturing issues

Tour Series

  • Insider tours of unique sites important to the area’s manufacturing industry
Council Leaders
Partnership Staff
Scott Pallotta

Scott Pallotta
Council Chair
CEO
Zehnder Rittling

Pam Riggins
Vice Chair
Plant General Manager
International Paper

Dan Leonard

Dan Leonard
Senior Director, Economic Development
716-541-1716
Email

Fred Giese

Fred Giese
Executive In Residence
Senior Vice President
NOCO Energy Corporation

Council Members

Thank You To Our Sponsors

TITLE SPONSOR:
Bank on Buffalo
PRESENTING SPONSORS:
SUPPORTING SPONSORS:


BUFFALO MANUFACTURING WORKS
LECHASE CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, LLC
REMEDY INTELLIGENT STAFFING
STRAIGHT FORWARD CONSULTING, LLC

Interested In Sponsorship?

Want to connect with some of the most engaged manufacturers in the region?  Fill out the form below or contact Liz Benkovich at (716) 541-1759 for more information.

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