Advocating for employers in Western New York is among the most important commitments the Buffalo Niagara Partnership makes, especially when it comes to workforce development.
So we are especially pleased that based on our recommendation, two Partnership members were recently appointed to the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board (WIB).
Elizabeth Miller, Regional Market Account Manager at Sealing Devices in Lancaster, and Scott Pallotta, CEO of Zehnder Rittling in Buffalo – both members of the Partnership’s Manufacturing Council – have joined the WIB and will be critical voices representing the needs and contributions of private employers.
The WIB – created under federal legislation aimed at improving the country’s qualified labor pool – is responsible for developing, coordinating, and overseeing publicly funded workforce development and job training initiatives in our area.
About the new board members
Elizabeth Miller has worked in a variety of positions at Sealing Devices for more than a decade. She currently oversees new business sales and helps manage a sales and marketing internship program she developed with local colleges.
With headquarters in Lancaster, Sealing Devices employs 190 people and serves customers around the world. The company is one of North America’s largest, privately held manufacturers of sealing products such as O-rings, gaskets, seals, tapes, adhesives and related devices.
Scott Pallotta is the CEO of Zehnder Rittling, a leading manufacturer of a range of products including hydronic heating, radiant heating and cooling, fan coils and heat pumps. Zehnder Rittling is located off of Tifft Street in the City of Buffalo and employs more than 140 people.
Aligning with our Advocacy Agenda
Encouraging city and county leaders to continue appointing private sector employer representatives to the WIB is a priority of the Partnership outlined in our 2018 Advocacy Agenda. Nearly a quarter of Buffalo Niagara’s workforce is expected to retire over the next decade. Employers across all industries – especially manufacturers – are facing significant workforce development pressures. It is critical WIB membership reflect those living with these challenges so we are best positioned to effectively respond to the needs of Buffalo Niagara employers and those seeking job opportunities.
Why these appointments are important
The manufacturing experience and knowledge Elizabeth and Scott bring to the WIB will help ensure the hiring needs of local industry are clearly communicated. Both of these professionals understand the labor needs of the manufacturing sector, have strong track records of hiring minorities and women at their respective businesses and are passionate about the success of the Buffalo Niagara community.