Skip to content

Back to Our Blog

The Digital Frontier: The BNP Manufacturing Industry Leaders Forum

Blog Categories

June 4, 2024

MFG Blog 1

By 2033, one in four computer chips produced in the United States will be made within 350 miles of the SMART-I Corridor, which encompasses the Buffalo, Rochester, Ithaca, and Syracuse Metropolitan Statistical Areas along with Auburn and Batavia Micro Statistical Areas. Further, 200 firms in the I-Corridor already participate in the semiconductor supply chain, with at least 20% of those firms owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.

MFG Blog 2

Western New York has a generational opportunity to advance as a manufacturing tech leader by adding more companies to the semiconductor supply chain through leveraged resources and inclusive planning. At this transformational point for our regional economy, the BNP Manufacturing Industry Leaders Forum (ILF) convened to discuss the sector’s emerging technologies, operational best practices and regional strategies for the future with a focus on the following questions:

How will smart factory automation continue to change the way manufacturers work? 

How can companies best safeguard their digital operating procedures against security threats?

How can manufacturers connect to local talent in an era of industrial automation?   

Dottie Gallagher, BNP President & CEO, provided a timely update on Buffalo’s Tech Hub designation and its application for significant federal investment into tech infrastructure. Our region was designated as a federal tech hub in October 2023, giving us the opportunity to submit our $64 million funding application in February. As one of only 31 designated Tech Hubs in the country, this process has brought together regional leaders in business, nonprofits, higher education, in support of a strong application describing how our region would leverage federal investment. For an in-depth summary of the discussion, check out this article from The Buffalo News.

As a key stakeholder, BNP will continue to update the business community.

MFG Blog 3

A panel of manufacturing experts then led a conversation on how regional companies can capitalize on the sector’s constant evolution, with a focus on predictive intelligence:

  • Elizabeth Callahan, Director of External Relations & Special Programs
    Buffalo Manufacturing Works
  • Dave Kegler, Director of Manufacturing
    Sealing Devices, Inc.
  • Scott Pallotta, CEO
    Zehnder Rittling
  • Stephen Tucker, President & CEO
    Northland Workforce Training Center
  • Alan Rae, Director
    SUNY Buffalo’s Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics 

The BNP is proud to welcome in Bank of America as the Title Sponsor for the 2024 ILF. Derek Johnson, Bank of America’s VP of Commercial Banking,  kicked off the May 23rd  ILF with a welcome.

Learn more about the Industry Leaders Forum  here.

Title Sponsor


Presenting Sponsors

Screenshot 2024-01-04 at 11.20.49 AM

Supporting Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors ILF

Related Posts

The Changing Healthcare Landscape: The BNP Healthcare & Human Services Industry Leaders Forum

By | June 11, 2024

With healthcare and human services at an inflection point, our Industry Leaders Forum convened to discuss a future-focused healthcare system, incorporating new technologies for service reliability, and the system changes needed to sustain responsible healthcare services in our community. Read the recap.

Transportation Tech: The BNP Transportation & Logistics Industry Leaders Forum

By sethpiccirillo | May 9, 2024

The BNP’s Transportation & Logistics Industry Leaders Forum (ILF) convened on May 2nd to discuss how coordinated transportation system tech impact commerce impacts the binational economy and the international supply chain.

Sustainable Tech: The BNP Energy & Telecommunications Industry Leaders Forum

By sethpiccirillo | April 17, 2024

Both the energy and telecommunications sectors are at an inflection point, and the effective use of new technologies will impact the future of their systems. The Energy & Telecommunications Industry Leaders Forum convened on April 11th to discuss current challenges and ways for regional companies to work together to find effective solutions.

Everyday Tech in WNY: The BNP Tech Industry Leaders Forum

By sethpiccirillo | March 22, 2024

Decision makers from both tech, and tech enabled companies, came together on March 14th at the Tech Industry Leaders Forum (ILF) for a conversation on Everyday Tech: Cyber Security and AI Across All Industries.