Monthly Archives: October 2013

Business of the Month for October 2013!

Evans Chemetics LP

GENEVA, NEW YORK – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB) announced today that October’s Business of the Month is Evans Chemetics LP.  This is in recognition of the partnerships developed between Evans Chemetics LP and the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, the company’s contribution to the local economy and the efforts to promote the FLWIB’s mission, vision and activities throughout the region.image (8)

Located in Waterloo, New York since 1943, Evans Chemetics LP produces chemicals that are found in a myriad of industries including hair care products, cosmetics, food packaging and pharmaceuticals.  Manufacturing these high quality products requires a highly skilled workforce.  Evans Chemetics LP often relies on the business services offered through Finger Lakes Works to develop this workforce.  Recruitment services including job posting, application collection, applicant prescreening and referral are just some of the ways Finger Lakes Works and Evans Chemetics LP have partnered.

Evans Chemetics LP is also an outstanding community partner supporting local programs including Habitat for Humanity and Literacy Volunteers and is a sponsor of many events that support local school programs and youth groups.  Additionally, Steve Brusso, Site Manager for Evans Chemetics LP has served on the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board since the Spring of 2012.

“Evans Chemetics LP” is a great partner and we are excited to recognize their commitment to a strong community and talented workforce” says Karen Springmeier, Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board.

For more information regarding the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, call 315-789-3131.

For more information regarding Evans Chemetics, visit

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month


Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.” – Office of Disability Employment Policy (

The 2013 NDEAM theme is “Because We Are EQUAL to the Task.” Click here for more information!

Earlier this month businesses across the region were recognized for their efforts to hire qualified applicants with disabilities. We congratulate these businesses for building an inclusive and diverse workforce:

Seneca Park Zoo Society

WalMart in Canandaigua


Dolomite Group / Shadow Lake

McNair Building Services

Congratulations and thank you for believing in the saying “Because We Are Equal to the Task”.

8th Annual Finger Lakes Works…with their hands! = SUCCESS!


Finger Lakes Works…with their hands!

On Thursday October 3rd the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Inc. hosted the 8th annual Finger Lakes Works…with their hands! event at the Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls.  This was a premier skilled trade and advanced manufacturing career event that brought together the entire four county Finger Lakes region (Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates). For the first time this year every school district in our four county area participated, including Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES, Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES, and one home-school.

Students were able to learn skills such as masonry, construction, viticulture and much more. Heavy machinery from several different area companies was loaned for the day so the students could learn to maneuver the equipment which included, a jackhammer, excavators, backhoes, sawmill, and much more! Creating this hands-on event engages students as well as encourages them to look at different industries and areas of study. Exhibitors and educators spoke to students about several different industries, which provided them with valuable information.

104Raul Estela from New York State Department of Transportation said, “The ‘Finger Lakes Works…with their hands!’ career fair, in my opinion, was a success. The students were very well behaved, had questions, and shared home based business experiences that may have assisted them in making decision on what they want to do when they graduate from high school. Students along with other visitors to the fair expressed that this type of event is a great opportunity not only for them to explore future plans but also, as visitors, to get ideas as to what students are looking for when attending these events.” A student from Marcus Whitman High School said, “I liked the plasma cutting and welding activities the best! As far as suggestions for improvement, I think the way things are should stay the same because it’s a great learning experience to listen and try new things!”

For more pictures please visit our Facebook.

Our partners Finger Lakes Community College and Generations Bank also made videos of the event! Check them out here:

FLCC Video

Generations Bank Video

Thank you to all who participated, volunteered, and sponsored this event! We couldn’t have done it without you!