manufacturing

Council Q&A – Seal & Design on the Importance of NAFTA

There are a lot of eyes and ears focused on the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) currently ongoing between the United States, Canada and Mexico. Understanding what is at stake, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership called for strengthening our bi-national economy through a NAFTA renegotiation in our 2018 Advocacy Agenda.  While the 20-plus year agreement needs modernizing, we are advocating for a ‘do no harm’ approach to protect the vital economic ties between Canada and the U.S.  Members of the Partnership’s Manufacturing Council recently met with Canadian government leaders to discuss the value NAFTA brings to our regional economy.

Employ Buffalo Niagara Takes Agencies on the Road

Almost everyone who interacts with a manufacturing company benefits from seeing a factory firsthand. Plant visits build a better understanding of the manufacturing industry, the company’s culture, and dispel common misconceptions about today’s manufacturing. Through its recent work, Employ Buffalo Niagara recognized the need for an awareness campaign and invited career navigators to Tapecon, an OEM Contract Manufacturer for medical, industrial and electronic applications.

Cuomo’s Plan to Sunset 18-a Will Provide Relief for Manufacturers

Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget proposal contains an item critical to bringing down the cost of electricity for local manufacturers. The Governor’s plan calls for the scheduled sunset of the 18-a Utility Tax on March 31, 2017. A mandated tax on the end user’s utility bill, 18-a hits manufacturers and other high demand users the hardest and puts them at a competitive disadvantage.

The Rebirth of Manufacturing

Years ago, Buffalo was represented by some of the biggest manufacturing organizations in the world.  As the economy and technology shifted, we saw that industry become depressed and almost non-existent.  It certainly changed the dynamic, the culture and the region of Buffalo, New York.