Spotlight On…

Rayburn Masonry

Floyd Rayburn of Rayburn Masonry in Canandaigua, is an exhibitor who instructs the students in how to lay brick and concrete. Every year the Rayburn Masonry staff assist student participants in constructing a permanent masonry project that is donated to the Rodman Lott and Son Farms in thanks for the use of their buildings and grounds for the event. This year the students built a semi – circular, brick flower garden wall that the Lotts will enjoy for years to come.  Floyd laments that he cannot find enough interested applicants to fill his company’s mason and apprenticeship positions. He explains that he exhibits at “Finger Lakes Works. .. with their hands!” to introduce young people to career opportunities in the masonry field. Thank you to Floyd and his staff for your donation of time, energy, supplies, and knowledge every year. We couldn’t do the event without dedicated exhibitors like you!

Pictures of this years structure built by Rayburn Masonry and area high school students:

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Finished Product:

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Projects by Rayburn Masonry and area high school students at Lott Farms from previous years:

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The above photo was taken of the Lott family in front of their farm. The planter in the picture was one of Rayburn’s structures built for “Finger Lakes Works…with their hands!” 

October Business of the Month is…

RODMAN LOTT & SON FARMS of Seneca County!

GENEVA, New York – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB), Inc. announced today that Rodman Lott & Son Farms is October’s “Business of the Month”, recognizing the business’ contributions to the community and to the local economy.

(from left) Ben, Ralph, Shirley, Tara, Rodman & Blake Lott receive the award.

(from left) Ben, Ralph, Shirley, Tara, Rodman & Blake Lott receive the award.

Rodman Lott & Son Farms, owned and operated by Ralph, Shirley, Rodman and Ben Lott, has been in business since 1980 and farm over 3,500 acres of mostly soy beans and corn. For the last nine years Rodman Lott & Son Farms has also hosted the annual career exploration day known as “Finger Lakes Works…with their hands!” organized by the FLWIB.  This event provides hands-on activities for high school students to learn about Middle Skilled jobs in the Skilled Trades and Advanced Manufacturing fields.  Over the years, “Finger Lakes Works…with their hands!” has grown into an event that schools and businesses look forward to annually. This year’s event hosted 635 students from 30 schools. Forty-three exhibitors representing businesses, training providers, community based organizations and government agencies were also in attendance providing information, equipment, and hands-on activities.

“The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board is very proud of the partnership with Rodman Lott & Son Farms that has developed over the years. We are very grateful for the use of their land and facilities to hold our event.  It is a great venue and the students always enjoy it.   It is a great example of how businesses can work with the FLWIB to benefit local students while supplying a pipeline of workers for the future” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, FLWIB. “We look forward to continuing this partnership.”

Hot Job!!


Job Title:

Landscaping Technician/Laborer

Job Description:

Full time, Monday through Saturday. Accomplish tasks alongside their team meeting standards of the company and in the time frame allotted while ensuring customer satisfaction. Duties include, but are not limited to: residential and commercial landscaping, hardscaping, excavation, drainage, foundation/basement repair, irrigation and hydro-seeding. Wage is $8.00 to $13.00 per hour depending on experience Requires a valid NYS driver’s license, reference check and drug screening. Willing to train the right candidate.

Job Location:

Waterloo, New York


Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vacation, Holidays, Retirement/Pension Plan

Minimum Experience Required:

No experience requirement provided.

Minimum Education Required:

Less Than High School

Driver Licenses, Including Endorsements:

Class D (Operator)


To apply, contact the employer in person, or by telephone:
Taber, Dan
335 East Main Street
Waterloo, NY 13165
Phone: Taber, Dan (315) 539-0848

September Business of the Month is…


GENEVA, NEW YORK – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB) announced today that Indian Pines Farm Market is the September “Business of the Month” recognizing the company’s efforts to build strong community partnerships along with their continuing contributions to the local economy.

Indian Pines Farm Market stand is a small, family operated business located in Penn Yan that quietly makes a big and lasting imprint on Yates County youth. The location has hosted a fruit stand for many years, but has been under its current ownership since 2005. Since that time Indian Pines Farm Market has employed up to 4 youth each year as part of the Summer Youth Employment Program. This is not just an employment opportunity, but a life and learning opportunity for those lucky enough to work there.

Loree Martin, Yates County Youth Counselor presents the award to Lonnie Jones, Owner of Indian Pines Farm Market.

Loree Martin, Yates County Youth Counselor presents the award to Lonnie Jones, Owner of Indian Pines Farm Market.

The business owner Lonnie Jones works to mentor these youth and give them as many different experiences as possible. While working at the stand, the youth are given the opportunity to take on both front end and back end responsibilities. They are given customer service experience as well as an opportunity to interact with and serve the public. Expectations are defined and supported on a daily basis. Youth become familiar with local produce and are able to answer questions concerning varietals, uses, preparation, or whatever people may think to ask. They are able to run the cash register and make change. They operate the scale and weigh out individual orders.

In the back end of the operation, youth are exposed to packing, packaging, quality control and again weights and measurements. They know how to store and prepare items for sale. They keep the shelves and coolers stocked and appealing to customers.  They learn responsibility and lifelong skills that will contribute towards future successes in education and employment.

The fruit stand employs six full time employees, and offers fresh local fruits and vegetables, flowers, perennials, as well as small trees and shrubs. Gardening needs such as mulch or potting soil can also be purchased. Fresh baked goods, such as cookies, pies and breads are always available. Indian Pines Farm Market offers a large selection of local jams and jellies, salad dressing, marinades, honey, coffee and cheese. The store is always well stocked with whatever is in season, including greenery in the winter months, and is clean and consistently friendly.

One youth is typically hired on after the summer season ends, making the transition from employment program participant to employee. It’s a win/win situation for everyone involved!

“We are happy to highlight and recognize Indian Pines Farm Market for working so closely with the community’s youth as they transition to the world of work.” says Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, Finger Lakes WIB.

September Board Meeting

The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Inc. invites the public to attend the September 2014 Full Board Meeting.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Time: 8:30am

The Ramada Inn – Geneva Lakefront

 Please RSVP with your attendance to the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board by September 15, 2014.

For more information please call, 315-789-3131.

Spotlight On…



Finger Lakes Works…with their hands! is our annual Skilled Trades and Advanced Manufacturing career exploration event. Every year several hundred students and school personnel from all area high schools and BOCES districts attend this exciting event. More than 50 businesses, trade unions, colleges and organizations will provide hands on demonstrations and activities for the students including welding, pole climbing, nail driving competitions, engineering skills, bricklaying, electrical wiring, the actual operation of heavy equipment and much, much MORE!

In addition to Careers in Construction and Skilled Trades, students can learn about Advanced Manufacturing and Alternative Energy. Demonstrations on the importance of working safely in a construction environment are also included in the day. All participants enjoy a science show entitled ‘Physics is Phun!’  Students can participate in a variety of Skilled Trades challenges for the opportunity to win one of 5, $50 Gift Cards. Both the exhibitors and the students have always indicated that this is a great way to learn more about career and educational opportunities in our Finger Lakes area.

To register your school, click here.

To register as a volunteer, click here.

To sponsor this event, click here.

To register an exhibit, click here.

For more information, please contact Pat Gopen at or at (315) 789-3131 ext. 104