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.

Our mission includes:
  • Develop and grow Buffalo Niagara’s manufacturing industry
  • Highlight and address the primary challenges manufacturers face
  • Raise awareness of the importance of the manufacturing section to the region’s economy
  • Help manufacturers meet their current and future workforce development needs
Top Initiatives for 2020:
    • Lower Taxes
      • Expand zero percent corporate franchise tax to small
        manufacturers not currently covered under exemption
    • Climate Action Council (CAC)
      • Ensure employer impacts are considered as the CAC implements
        the Climate Leadership & Community Protection Act – the
        most sweeping and aggressive climate law in the country.
        Manufacturers and other industries vital to Buffalo Niagara’s
        economy must continue to have reliable access to affordable
        energy as the state mandates a transition to renewables.
    • Protect Employers in Marijuana Legalization
      • Ensure efforts to legalize the adult use of recreational
        marijuana fully protect an employer’s right to operate a
        drug-free workplace
    • Natural Gas Transmission System
      • Support development of New York’s natural gas transmission
        system to improve reliability, keep consumer prices low, and
        spur investment and job creation
    • Power Grid Upgrades
      • 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
      • United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)
        • Support the passage of the USMCA to strengthen Buffalo
          Niagara’s bi-national economy and vital trade relationship
          with Canada
      • So-called ‘Buy American’ Policy
        • Oppose protectionist state contracting policies that
          undermine the strength and viability of our integrated crossborder economy
        • JOBS Act
          • Support passage of the JOBS Act to expand Pell Grant
            eligibility to students enrolled in quality, short-term
            education and training programs leading to employment in
            high-demand industry sectors or careers
        • Immigration Reform
          • Support refugee resettlement in Buffalo Niagara and
            oppose efforts to drastically reduce the number of refugees
            admitted into the United States
          • Support comprehensive H-1B visa reform that increases
            the number of high-skilled visas issued and allows Buffalo
            Niagara to compete for top talent

Council meetings will cover such topics as:

  • Taxes, Regulation & Compliance
  • Innovation
  • Process Improvement
  • Safety & Security
  • Workforce Pipeline
  • Initiative Engagement
    • The latest workforce insight through the Partnership’s Talent Pipeline Management program and employer collaboratives
  • Best Practices & Learning
    • Business to business work sessions to address key manufacturing issues
  • Tour Series
    • Insider tours of unique sites important to area’s manufacturing industry

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

Council Leaders
Scott Pallotta

Scott Pallotta
Council Chair
Zehnder Rittling

Pam Riggins
Vice Chair
Plant General Manager
International Paper

Council Members

  • Ashton Potter USA Ltd.
  • Bank on Buffalo
  • Battistoni Italian Specialty Meats
  • Buffalo Games, Inc.
  • Buffalo Manufacturing Works, operated by EWI
  • Cascades Container Board Packaging
  • Cobey, Inc.
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England, Inc.
  • Curbell Inc.
  • Direct Energy Business
  • Diversified Labor Solutions
  • Eastman Machine Company
  • Ebenezer Railcar Services
  • General Motors Powertrain
  • Great Lakes Pressed Steel Corp.
  • Harmac Medical Products
  • Harris Beach
  • Honeywell
  • Ignition Life Solutions
  • International Paper
  • LeChase Construction Services, LLC
  • Linde, Inc.
  • Maclean Curtis, LLC
  • Monofrax LLX
  • Moog Inc.
  • National Grid
  • Niacet Corporation
  • NOCO Energy Corp.
  • PCB Piezotronics, Inc. MTS Systems Corporation
  • Penske Truck Leasing
  • PeroxyChem
  • Power Drives, Inc.
  • Remedy Intelligent Staffing
  • Rigidized Metals Corp.
  • Safetec of America
  • Seal & Design Inc.
  • Sealing Devices Inc.
  • Servotronics, Inc.
  • Sherex Fastening Solutions, LLC
  • Sonwil Distribution Center, Inc
  • SoPark Corporation
  • STI-CO Industries, Inc.
  • Straight-Forward Consulting, LLC
  • Switzer
  • Tapecon Inc.
  • Taylor Devices, Inc.
  • Tectran Manufacturing Inc.
  • Tesla
  • U.A.W. Local 897
  • United Materials, LLC
  • Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc.
  • Wendel
  • WSF Industries, Inc.
  • Zehnder Rittling

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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