Archive: Business of the Month

Each month we select a Business of the Month

January Business of the Month is…

MICRO-TECH MACHINE OF NEWARK, NY!

GENEVA, New York – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB), Inc. announced today that Micro-Tech Machine, Inc. is January’s “Business of the Month”, recognizing the business’s contributions to the community and to the local economy.

Located in Newark, NY Micro-Tech Machine, Inc. is a leader in the manufacturing of Aerospace components. Since 1983 they have provided precision machined components for both commercial and military aircraft. In addition, they have served the appliance, automotive, medical & photographic industries.

Michael Woloson of the FLWIB, presents the award to Lance Webb, President of Micro-Tech.

To assist Micro-Tech Machine in developing their workforce they have partnered with the Business Services Team at Finger Lakes Works. Finger Lakes Works staff have helped Micro-Tech find workers through the posting and matching services available through the New York State Job Bank.  The company has also participated in recruiting events like the “I Love the Finger Lakes” job fair held each spring. Additionally, to help with training, Micro-Tech has used the On the Job Training (OJT) program customized to meet both the requirements of the employer and the training needs of the employee.  The OJT reimburses the employer for extraordinary training while providing the employee with the skills needed to accomplish the job.

”Working with small business is at the core of what we do” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, Finger Lakes WIB Inc. “We look forward to continuing our work with Micro-Tech Machine, Inc. as they continue to grow and contribute to our local economy.”

July Community Partner of the Month is…

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE!

GENEVA, NEW YORK – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board Inc. (FLWIB) announced today that Workforce Development Institute (WDI) is July’s “Community Partner of the Month” recognizing their  efforts in working collaboratively with Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board to address workforce issues impacting the region.

Lynn Freid and Bob Trouskie receiving the award on behalf of the Workforce Development Institute.

Lynn Freid and Bob Trouskie receiving the award on behalf of the Workforce Development Institute.

The Workforce Development Institute (WDI) began in 2003 as a partner to the NYS AFL-CIO and Area Labor Federations to provide workforce training and education services to regional and local unions. Their role has since evolved and they now focus more broadly on the growth and retention of good jobs in New York State through a variety of mechanisms. Their work is often accomplished through partnerships and collaborations with businesses, unions, other non-profits, educational institutions, and government. WDI works regionally to identify targeted strategies that address workforce development opportunities and challenges. These strategies can include partnerships, training and/or funding.

In the Finger Lakes Region WDI is a regular sponsor of “Finger Lakes Works with Their Hands” an annual career exploration event coordinated through the FLWIB that has allowed thousands of high-school students to experience careers in skilled trades and advanced manufacturing over the last ten years.  Additionally, WDI has provided scholarships for the Advanced Manufacturing Machinist Training program offered through Finger Lakes Community College at GW Lisk and ITT Gould’s Pumps. WDI also works directly with local businesses, like Rush Machinery, to assist the company with the development of an update to the company’s internal software package, which drives the machines used for production.  WDI is also working with SSD Badge, LLC to upgrade of the company’s server while helping out with training costs so that the company can attain ISO certification.

“WDI is an important partner locally, regionally and statewide” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board.  “Their investments in people and companies have made an important difference here in the Finger Lakes and we look forward to continuing our partnership.”

June Business of the Month is…

GUARDIAN INDUSTRIES OF GENEVA, NY!!

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GENEVA, NEW YORK – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FL WIB) announced today that Guardian Industries, located in Geneva, NY is June’s “Business of the Month” recognizing the company’s efforts to build strong community partnerships along with their continuing contributions to the local economy.

Karen Springmeier (left), Executive Director for the FLWIB, Inc. presents the award to Rebecca Farrington (center) and Shawn Pollock, HR-Generalist’s at Guardian Industries in Geneva.

Karen Springmeier (left), Executive Director for the FLWIB, Inc. presents the award to Rebecca Farrington (center) and Shawn Pollock, both are HR-Generalist’s at Guardian Industries in Geneva.

Guardian Industries produces high performance glass for architectural, residential, interior, transportation and technical glass applications. Guardian’s glass is found in homes, offices and cars and in some of the world’s most iconic projects. Their energy-efficient, low-E-coated glass is designed to meet the toughest architectural and aesthetic challenges.

Producing high performance glass takes a highly skilled workforce.  To help find these workers Guardian accesses the services of Finger Lakes Works. Open Recruitments through FL WIB’s Career Centers and annual job fair events are just a couple of strategies Guardian has used to help them find qualified applicants.  Additionally, Guardian uses pre-employment testing services known as Work Keys, administered through Finger Lakes Works, to help ensure the new employees have the right skills for Guardian’s positions.  Guardian is also a member of FAME (Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise) a regional industry group focused on building a world-class workforce here in the Finger Lakes.

“The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board is proud to recognize Guardian Industries for their partnership in developing and maintaining a strong workforce in our community for over 18 years ”, said Karen Springmeier, Director of Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board Inc.  “We have worked with them since their first outreach and recruitment sessions and look forward to working with the company as they continue to grow in our area.”

May Business of the Month is…

MCGREGOR VINEYARD OF DUNDEE, NY!!

GENEVA, NEW YORK – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FL WIB) announced today that McGregor Vineyard, located in Dundee, NY is May’s “Business of the Month” recognizing the company’s efforts to build strong community partnerships along with their continuing contributions to the local economy.

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Karen Springmeier (right), Executive Director of the FLWIB, presents the award to John McGregor of McGregor Vineyard.

McGregor Vineyard is one of the oldest vinifera grape growers with the first vineyards planted in 1971. The winery was founded in 1980 by Bob and Marge McGregor who are considered   true pioneers of vinifera wines in the Finger Lakes.  John McGregor, son of Bob and Marge McGregor is the second generation running the vineyard and winery.

A member of the FL WIB since 2014 John McGregor has been active on the board’s Youth Committee and has participated in various activities such as the Employer Panel discussion for high-school counselors focused on careers in the Agro-Tourism industry.  Most recently John served on the planning committee that coordinated the first annual career exploration event in agriculture entitled “Building the Agricultural Intellect of Finger Lakes Youth” Career Day! The event took place in April and saw 200 local high school students from 13 local school districts.  McGregor Vineyard also participated in the event with a booth talking about grape growing and wine making in the Finger Lakes.

“We are fortunate to have a partner like John who actively participates in the development of the emerging workforce in our area” says Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, Finger Lakes WIB.

April Business of the Month is…

SPRING HOPE DAIRY AND WILLOW BEND FARM!

GENEVA, NEW YORK – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (FL WIB) announced today that Spring Hope Dairy and Willow Bend Farm, LLC located in Clifton Springs, NY is April’s “Business of the Month” recognizing the company’s efforts to build strong community partnerships along with their continuing contributions to the local economy.

Spring Hope Dairy produces high-quality milk for the Upstate Niagara Milk Co-op. They are committed to and care for their cows, land, employees and community.  Founded in 1957 by George B. Mueller with just one cow, the farm now has about 3,000 cows. About 1,200 head are still at Mueller’s home dairy, along with 2,300 to 2,400 youngstock. They farm about 5,000 acres, most of which is used to grow forages.

Karen Springmeier (right), Executive Director of the FLWIB, presents the award to John Mueller, Owner of Willow Bend Farms at the first annual “Building the Agricultural Intellect of Finger Lakes Youth” Career Exploration Event on April 25th.

Karen Springmeier (right), Executive Director of the FLWIB, presents the award to John Mueller, Owner of Willow Bend Farms at the first annual “Building the Agricultural Intellect of Finger Lakes Youth” Career Exploration Event on April 25th.

Spring Hope Dairy Co-Owner, John Mueller has been a member of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board since October 2008 and currently serves as the board’s Vice Chair.  In 2014 John became the Chair of the FLWIB Performance and Evaluation Committee. This year Spring Hope Dairy was one of the stops on the board’s first Agriculture Youth Career Exploration event entitled “Building the Agricultural Intellect of Finger Lakes Youth” held earlier this month.  The event is intended for area high school students and includes visits to Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Finger Lakes Community College’s Viticulture Center.  The Business of the Month Certificate was presented during this year’s event.

“John recognizes the value of developing the emerging workforce and works closely with the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board to achieve a high standard of workforce development for the area. He also provided great insight and leadership in developing the ag career event,” says Karen Springmeier, Executive Director.

Business of the Month for March 2016 is…

NEWARK-WAYNE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL (an affiliate of Rochester Regional Health System) in Newark, NY!!

GENEVA, NEW YORK – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB) announced today that Newark-Wayne Community Hospital (NWCH), an affiliate of Rochester Regional Health, is March’s “Business of the Month” recognizing the company’s efforts in building strong community partnerships while contributing to the local economy.

Newark-Wayne Community Hospital is a 120-bed community hospital that is located in the Finger Lakes region in Wayne County, NY. NWCH offers a full range of medical services and is committed to providing unsurpassed quality and exceptional service for its patients and their families.

Karen Springmeier (left), Executive Director of the FLWIB, presents the award to Michele Fortune, HR Manager for Rochester Regional Health- Eastern Region.

Karen Springmeier (left), Executive Director of the FLWIB, presents the award to Michele Fortune, HR Manager for Rochester Regional Health- Eastern Region.

To assist in developing a talented workforce NWCH has accessed the recruiting services through Finger Lakes Works Business Services.  Along with posting openings with the New York State Department of labor’s Job Bank, the agency has taken advantage of open recruitments at the career center in Lyons.  Additionally, they have participated in numerous job fairs and career expos.

Michelle Fortune, Manager, HR Business Partner Operations with Rochester Regional Health has been a FLWIB board member since 2012 and a member of the Healthcare Alliance of the Finger Lakes since 2013.  The Healthcare Alliance of the Finger Lakes, part of the FLWIB, is a consortium of regional healthcare providers whose focus is the development and retention of a high quality workforce.  Through the Healthcare Alliance, NWCH has been an annual sponsor “Serving Community Healthcare in the Finger Lakes”, an annual career exploration event serving hundreds of high school students in the area each spring.

“Newark-Wayne Community Hospital recognizes the value of developing the emerging workforce and works closely with the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board to achieve a high standard of workforce development within their organization” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, Finger Lakes WIB. “We are glad to have such a strong community partner and look forward to our continued success.”

February Community Partner of the Month is…

Keuka College of Keuka Park, NY!!

GENEVA, NEW YORK – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board Inc. (FLWIB) announced today that Keuka College is February’s “Community Partner of the Month” recognizing the school’s efforts in working collaboratively with Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board to address workforce issues impacting the region.

Keuka College was founded in 1890 and is located on the shore of Keuka Lake in New York State’s Finger Lakes region. Keuka College is a private, undergraduate and graduate, residential college that offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs on campus and through its Accelerated Studies for Adults Program and international programs in China and Vietnam.

(l-r) Kim Morgan Director of Admissions for Keuka College's ASAP program, Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera, President of Keuka College, Karen Springmeier, Executive Director of the FLWIB, Inc., and Kathy Waye Director of Community Relations and Events for Keuka College.

(l-r) Kim Morgan, Director of Admissions for Keuka College’s ASAP program, Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera, President of Keuka College, Karen Springmeier, Executive Director of the FLWIB, Inc., and Kathy Waye, Director of Community Relations and Events for Keuka College.

Keuka College has been an active partner with the FLWIB throughout the years collaborating on various initiatives while working together through Board and Consortium related activities. For the last four years Keuka has participated in the “Serving Community Healthcare in the Finger Lakes” healthcare career day for local high school students.  They have also provided supervision and direction to participants in the Youth Work Experience program coordinated through Finger Lakes Works-Yates County.  Additionally, Keuka College has been helpful in lending their expertise on the various committees involved with the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board.

“We are fortunate to have such a strong community partner” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board.  “The FLWIB looks forward to continuing this partnership as we work together in to provide local employers with a strong workforce.”

January Business of the Month is…

Xylem Inc. of Seneca Falls, NY!!

GENEVA, New York – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB), Inc. announced today that Xylem Inc. (NYSE: XYL) is January’s “Business of the Month”, recognizing the business’s contributions to the community and to the local economy.

Xylem is one of three companies that was spun out of ITT in 2011. It is a leading provider of global water technology enabling customers to transport, treat, test and efficiently use water in public utility, residential and commercial building services, industrial and agricultural settings. There are now 150 jobs at the 2881 E. Bayard St. Ext. shared services facility in Seneca Falls.

Tracy Miller (Compliance Analyst, Xylem), Maria DelloStritto (GFSS Compliance Manager, Xylem), Karen Springmeier (Executive Director, FLWIB, Inc.), and Lydia Patti Ruffini (HR Business Partner, Xylem).

Tracy Miller (Compliance Analyst, Xylem), Maria DelloStritto (GFSS Compliance Manager, Xylem), Karen Springmeier (Executive Director, FLWIB, Inc.), and Lydia Patti Ruffini (HR Business Partner, Xylem).

To assist with recruiting efforts, Xylem has worked closely with Finger Lakes Works Business Services Team to post jobs with the New York State Job Bank.  Other recruiting services that have been accessed include application collection, screening and referrals as well as on-site interviewing at the career center in Waterloo.  Xylem has also accessed the On the Job training program as a way to find and train new hires.  Xylem is also a sponsor of Finger Lakes Works With their hands, an annual career exploration event allowing hundreds of local high school students to explore careers in skilled trades and advanced manufacturing.

“We are very fortunate to have a business partner like Xylem who recognize the need to develop a strong workforce and works with us to make it happen.” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board.  “We look forward to continuing to address their employment needs as we work with area businesses in the region.”