Monthly Archives: July 2013

Business of the Month for July 2013

G.W. Lisk Co. Inc.

GENEVA, NEW YORK — The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB) announced today that July’s Business of the Month is G.W. Lisk Co. Inc. This honor is bestowed in recognition of the partnerships developed between the company and the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, the company’s contribution to the local economy as well as their efforts to promote the FLWIB’s mission, vision and activities throughout the region.


Karen Springmeier, Executive Director of FLWIB, Inc., presents G.W. Lisk’s Mark Kowalski, Scott Cummings, and Dave Phillips with the Business of the Month certificate.

One of the largest manufacturers in the area, G.W. Lisk is the leader in the design and manufacturing of custom solenoids, solenoid valves, LVDTs, and flame arrestors and employs over 500 talented employees.  Company officials utilize the business services of the FLWIB to recruit and train their workforce, have participated in many of the job fairs sponsored by FLWIB and have utilized the On the Job Training Program designed to train new workers.  G.W. Lisk has also developed a unique and very successful training program for machinists in conjunction with another FLWIB partner, Finger Lakes Community College.

A Board member of the FLWIB since 2010 Dave Philips, Training Manager at G.W. Lisk, has been an active member on the planning committee for “Finger Lakes Works With Their Hands”, a “hands-on” event highlighting careers in skilled trades that has hundreds of high school students attending annually.  Dave also serves on the Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers’ Enterprise (FAME), a group of manufacturers focused on the development of a strong workforce in Advanced Manufacturing.

“G.W. Lisk is one of the largest employers in Ontario County and is a great example of a business reaching out to community partners to develop solutions that are in the best interest of the community” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board. “I applaud them for their efforts and thank CEO Mark Kowalski, Dave Phillips, Scott Cummings and Dan Gersbach who dedicate their time to our mission.”

For more information on G.W. Lisk visit

Spotlight On…

Patty Babowicz-Webb

After Patty Babowicz-Webb took some time off from her career to raise her daughter, she found herself in a tricky situation. Although she had a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and vast experience in the field of Information Technology and Consulting, when she was ready to re-enter the work world she realized that she was not being considered for I.T. jobs due to her time off from a field that rapidly changes every day and she was looked at by other employers as over qualified. Patty found it very challenging to find work or even be given an opportunity to prove herself in her field of expertise. It was at this point that she realized the need for some additional education and training to enhance her skills and return to a challenging and fulfilling career.


From left to right; Professor Sam Samanta (FLCC Instrumentation & Control Technologies), Patricia Babowicz-Webb, Ron Golumbeck (Vice President & Director of Human Resources ITT Industrial Process).

Looking at a number of programs, Patty found Finger Lakes Community College’s Instrumentation and Control Technologies A.A.S. program led by Professor Sam Samanta. After visiting with Professor Samanta, Patty felt that the use of the Lab View technology used in the program would be a good fit with her prior computer and technology experience. She was sold on the program but still needed to find a way to fund her education. Professor Samanta recommended that she look into a new grant program, the Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways Grant that provides tuition assistance for people seeking Associate’s and Associate’s in Applied Science degrees in areas that support advanced manufacturing.

Patty contacted the Seneca County Finger Lakes Works office, and after working with Employment and Training Counselor, Ryan DeVay, found that she qualified for the grant and an opportunity to fund her education. Since entering the program, Patty has excelled and become a leader in what Professor Samanta refers to as a “community of learners”. According to Professor Samanta, Patty goes out of her way to help other students, assist the faculty, and help develop camaraderie among the students in the program. Patty’s prior education and work ethic serve as a role model for other students and her dedication to teamwork has been a perfect fit for her cooperative experience at ITT / Goulds Pumps.  At ITT/Goulds, Patty is working as a summer intern in the Research and Development department. Patty’s hands-on experience in this department has ranged from physically building and re-designing aspects of a pump to providing research data for a paper that was recently presented at a pump symposium. The goal of the cooperative experience in the Instrumentation and Control Technologies program is to provide the student with direct experience in fields that utilize the skills taught in the program and demonstrate the immediate value of these skills to area manufacturing companies. We wish Patty the best of luck as she completes her degree in Instrumentation and Control Technologies and encourage you investigate this and the other programs in the Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways Grant.

Visit the following sites for more information on Advanced Manufacturing and the Career Pathways Grant: