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.”

December Business of the Month is…

RAINBOW JUNCTION CHILDCARE CENTER of PENN YAN, NY!

GENEVA, New York – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB), Inc. announced today that Rainbow Junction Educational Childcare Center is December’s “Business of the Month”, recognizing the business’s contributions to the community and to the local economy.

Michael Woloson, Business Service Coordinator for the FLWIB, presents the award to Andrea Bunn, Director at the Rainbow Junction.

Since 1971, Rainbow Junction has been providing quality, reliable and affordable childcare to hundreds of families living and working in the Penn Yan and surrounding areas, serving children ages 6 weeks up through grade 5. Rainbow Junction is a non-profit agency and is licensed by the New York State Office of Children and Families. The center follows recommended procedures and state regulations for operations, as well as childcare giving routines and building requirements

Over the years Rainbow Junction has accessed a variety of services through Finger Lakes Works including job posting and matching services with the New York State Job Bank and the Summer Youth Program which recently resulted in a full time hire for one of the youth placed w/ Rainbow Junction.  They have also used the On the Job Training (OJT) program as a strategy for training and retaining new employees. The OJT reimburses the employer for extraordinary training while providing the employee with the skills needed to accomplish the job.

”Small businesses like Rainbow Junction are the “back bone” of local economies throughout the region” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, Finger Lakes WIB Inc. “We look forward to continuing our work with Rainbow Junction as they continue to provide such an important service while contributing to our local economy.”

Our November Partner of the Month is…

ONTARIO COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE AGENCY!

GENEVA, NEW YORK – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board Inc. (FLWIB) announced today that Ontario County Veterans Service Agency is November’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.

The Veterans Service Agency assists Ontario County’s veterans and their families to identify and apply for benefits, in which they are entitled to from local, state, and federal agencies as a result of their military service. These services can include assistance with filing claims for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), enrolling in VA healthcare, determining VA home loan eligibility, obtaining education benefits, and burial assistance.

John Mueller, Chair of the FLWIB, presents the award to Jeremy Marshall of the Ontario County Veterans Services Agency.

John Mueller, Chair of the FLWIB, presents the award to Jeremy Marshall of the Ontario County Veterans Services Agency.

The agency’s Director, Jeremy M. Marshall, has played an instrumental role in the FLWIB Veteran’s Services Committee since it began in 2014.  During this time Jeremy has spearheaded efforts to heighten awareness of all the career services available for veterans through Finger Lakes Works.  Additionally, he has work to educate employers regarding the value of hiring veterans.  Jeremy has gone so far as to bring local employers to Fort Drum in an effort to reach out to veterans from outside the area in an effort to assist business in recruiting talent.

“Jeremy’s passion for the veterans he works with is emblematic of the programs and partnerships his agency has developed over the years” says Karen Springmeier, Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board.  “Working together with the Ontario County Veterans Service Agency we can ensure that business in the area have access to some of the best workers in the area.”

October Partner of the Month is…

INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS (IBEW) Local 840!

GENEVA, NEW YORK – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FL WIB) announced today that Local 840 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), is October’s “Partner of the Month” recognizing the company’s efforts to build strong community partnerships along with their continuing contributions to the local economy. 2016-10-06-00-35-13

Located in Geneva, New York Local 840 IBEW was founded in 1918 and provides the highest skilled, safest and best trained electricians in the industry.  IBEW’s mission is to organize all electricians in the industry into local unions and to improve the social and economic standing of all workers in our region. They currently represent over 130 electricians in the Finger Lakes region.

IBEW’s Business Manager and FLWIB member Mike Davis serves as Chair of the agency’s “Finger Lakes Work With Their Hands” program which has enabled thousands of area high school students to experience firsthand, the careers in the skilled-trades industry. Each October hundreds of high school students participate in the event where they learn about the opportunities that exist in the Skilled Trades.   This October marks the eleventh year the event has taken place.

“IBEW is a great example of a partner that demonstrates a commitment to building a strong workforce by investing in their community” Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, FLWIB said.  “Mike has been instrumental in the success of this event through his leadership and willingness to forge important partnerships benefiting the skill trades industry and regional economy.”

September’s Business of the Month is…

ADECCO STAFFING!

GENEVA, New York – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB), Inc. announced today that the Canandaigua branch office of Adecco Staffing is September’s “Business of the Month”, recognizing the business’s contributions to the community and to the local economy.

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Pictured (L-R) Kathy Bailey, Ontario County Workforce and Karen Springmeier, FLWIB, present the award to Anthony Gleason, Tasha Coccia, and Natalie LeGrett of Adecco. (Not pictured: Eileen Rucinski, Adecco Onsite Manager at Pactiv.)

Adecco Staffing is part of the world’s leading provider of Human Resource solutions. With more than 33,000 FTE employees and around 5,100 branches, in 60 countries and territories around the world, they offer a wide variety of services, connecting approximately 700,000 associates with their clients every day.  The services offered fall into the broad categories of temporary staffing, permanent placement, career transition and talent development, as well as outsourcing and consulting.

Located at 107 Eastern Blvd. Adecco Staffing is one of the leading temp agencies in Canandaigua with an average of one hundred job openings that include temporary and contract jobs, temp-to-hire and permanent positions.

In an effort to connect with individuals looking for employment Adecco Staffing has partnered with Finger Lakes Works (FLW) with recruiters scheduled at FLW Career Centers in Hopewell, Lyons and Penn Yan on a regular basis.  While their recruiters answer questions for job-seekers and accept applications for current openings, they also meet with counselors at the Career Center providing information regarding employer requirements for different jobs throughout the Canandaigua area.  Lastly, the recruiter participates in workshops designed to assist job-seekers with finding employment.

“This partnership has proven to be a “win-win” for job-seekers and local companies in the area,” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, Finger Lakes WIB Inc. “The partnership with Adecco Staffing is a great example on how our workforce development system connects companies with talent and job-seekers with jobs.”

August Business of the Month is…

GENEVA HOMES!

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

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Khris Field accepts the Business of the Month certificate.

Located in Waterloo, NY, Geneva Homes has been building quality affordable manufactured and modular homes in the Finger Lakes areas for over 60 years.  Family owned and operated since 1965, owners Jeff & Kathy Padlick and Kassandra & Khris Padlick Field are always available to assist their customers. In addition to providing customers with superior special order products for manufactured homes, Geneva Homes also provides personalized service and support from their certified home sales and installation team.

To help Geneva Homes develop their workforce they have partnered with the Business Services Team at Finger Lakes Works. Finger Lakes Works staff have helped Geneva Homes find workers through the posting and matching services available through the New York State Job Bank. Additionally, to help with training, Geneva Homes 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 heart of what we do,” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, Finger Lakes WIB Inc. “We look forward to continuing our work with Geneva Homes 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.