Monthly Archives: October 2014

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.”