Manufacturing Council

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 2019:


  • Support overdue reauthorization of the Pell Grant program and expand eligibility to cover certificate programs and other job readiness training
  • Allocate and target Workforce Investment Board (WIB) resources to programs matching regional priorities and targeted industry sectors, including:
    • Incumbent worker training to upskill existing employees into better paying careers
    • On the job training to help new employees close the skills gap while being gainfully employed
  • Encourage city and county leaders to continue to appoint private sector employer representatives to local WIB


  • Support free trade policies aimed at strengthening our bi-national economy and vital trade relationship with Canada


  • Develop New York’s natural gas transmission system to effectively move gas from Pennsylvania through New York and to other markets to improve reliability, keep consumer prices low, and spur investment and job creation
  • Support upgrades to New York’s aging power grid to improve reliability and ensure Buffalo Niagara’s economy benefits from moving locally produced electricity downstate

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

To download the Directory of Available Tax Credits for Western New York Manufacturers, please fill out the form:

Council Leaders
Partnership Staff
Scott Pallotta

Scott Pallotta
Council Chair
Zehnder Rittling

Pam Riggins
Vice Chair
Plant General Manager
International Paper

Eamon Riley, Esq.
Senior Manager, Economic Development

Council Members

  • Seal & Design Inc.
  • Sherex Fastening Solutions, LLC
  • Safetec of America
  • Great Lakes Pressed Steel Corp.
  • Honeywell
  • NOCO Energy Corp.
  • Greif
  • National Grid
  • Rigidized Metals Corp.
  • Sealing Devices Inc.
  • Battistoni Italian Specialty Meats
  • Servotronics, Inc.
  • Tesla
  • Buffalo Niagara Partnership
  • Niacet Corporation
  • WSF Industries, Inc.
  • Straight-Forward Consulting, LLC
  • Diversified Labor Solutions
  • PeroxyChem
  • Switzer
  • U.A.W. Local 897
  • Buffalo Games, Inc.
  • Bank on Buffalo
  • Remedy Intelligent Staffing
  • LeChase Construction Services, LLC
  • PCB Piezotronics, Inc. MTS Systems Corporation
  • Buffalo Manufacturing Works, operated by EWI
  • Moog Inc.
  • Sonwil Distribution Center, Inc
  • Cobey, Inc.
  • International Paper
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England, Inc.
  • Maclean Curtis, LLC
  • Costanzo’s Bakery Inc.
  • Power Drives, Inc.
  • United Materials, LLC
  • Taylor Devices, Inc.
  • Ashton Potter USA Ltd.
  • SoPark Corporation
  • Direct Energy Business
  • Zehnder Rittling
  • Praxair, Inc.

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Bank on Buffalo

Interested In Joining or Sponsoring?

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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