Rochester/Genesee

Winter 2017 Newsletter- Project Launches
Iron Workers Local 33 (Monroe County) Rochester, New York

Type of Organization: Building and Construction Trades Union

Project Type: Equipment

Project Name: Equipment – Smart Boards for Training Center

Impact to Jobs: Job Growth, Skill Development

Project Focus: Respond to increases in demand for skilled Iron Workers by assisting with equipment that will enhance the in-class training time spent with apprentices. Use of the equipment is expected to have multiple effects, including improved skill retention, ability to spend more time on the "hands-on" portion of the curriculum, and ultimately the ability to put more apprentices through the training program at a quicker pace to respond to the increased demand by general contractors.

Employees at Location: 200

Automotive LLC (Chassix) (Genesee County) Batavia, New York

Type of Organization: Unionized company specializing in machining/assembly of steering and suspension components for the automotive industry

Project Type: Training

Project Name: Mechatronics Training Program - Phase 2

Impact to Jobs: Job Growth, Job Promotion

Project Focus: Phase 2 of a two-part training program: Train incumbent workers on the theory, implementation, and practical review of Programmable Logic Controls (PLC's) in order to maximize their PLC and machine troubleshooting skills. Employees who complete the program will be more efficient at machine troubleshooting and programming and will be eligible for wage increases and promotions. As promotions occur, jobs will likely be back-filled at a junior level.

Employees at Location: 159

Morton Salt (Wyoming County) Silver Springs, New York

Type of Organization: Unionized manufacturer of food grade salt for commercial and retail sales

Project Type: Training

Project Name: Advanced Welding Skills Training

Impact to Jobs: Job Retention, Skill Development

Project Focus: Improve the skills and knowledge of maintenance employees, which will lead to equipment being fabricated and maintained at a high standard. The anticipated result is enhanced welding skills, fewer breakdowns and repairs, and employee retention.

Employees at Location: 145

World Kitchen LLC (Steuben County) Corning, New York

Type of Organization: Unionized manufacturer and distributor of non-electric consumer houseware products

Project Type: Training

Project Name: Continuous Improvement Training - Phase 1

Impact to Jobs: Skill Development

Project Focus: Transition the company into a proactive, data-driven organization. The program will position World Kitchen to meet global business goals and objectives, as well as develop staff and provide them with tools required to minimize potential risks and to eliminate reoccurring problems by addressing the root causes. The project will result in the development of employees and a more competitive and fulfilling work environment.

Employees at Location: 585

Harbec Inc. (Wayne County) Ontario, New York

Type of Organization: Manufacturer

Project Type: Training

Project Name: Mechatronics Training - Phase 1

Impact to Jobs: Job Growth, Skill Development

Project Focus: Transition an employee to a new area of expertise, which is needed by the company. The individual will receive training on electrical and electronic theory and practice applications, and will be able to help the company become more efficient at machine troubleshooting and programming. The longer term outcome is anticipated to be less machine downtime and increased plant capacity.

Employees at Location: 137

Upstate Door (Wyoming County) Warsaw, New York

Type of Organization: Manufacturer of custom hardware interior/exterior doors for high end homes

Project Type: Training

Project Name: Mechatronics Training - Phase 1

Impact to Jobs: Skill Development

Project Focus: Train incumbent workers on electrical and electronic theory and practice applications. Employees who complete the program will be more efficient in conducting machine troubleshooting and programming, leading to increased company capacity.

Employees at Location: 75

United States Gypsum Company (Genesee County) Oakfield, New York

Type of Organization: Building Products Manufacturer

Project Type: Training

Project Name: Mechatronics Training - Phase 2

Impact to Jobs: Job Promotion, Skill Development

Project Focus: Phase 2 of a two-part training program: Train incumbent workers on the theory, implementation, and practical review of Programmable Logic Controls (PLC's) in order to maximize their PLC and machine troubleshooting skills. Employees who complete the program will be more efficient at machine troubleshooting and programming and will be eligible for wage increases and promotions. As promotions occur, jobs will likely be back-filled at a junior level.

Employees at Location: 99

PKG Equipment Inc. (Monroe County) Rochester, New York

Type of Organization: Company that designs, fabricates, and installs process equipment such as chemical tanks, plating systems, material handling equipment, industrial ventilation systems, and waste treatment equipment

Project Type: Training

Project Name: Mechatronics Training Phase 1

Impact to Jobs: Skill Development

Project Focus: Train an incumbent worker on electrical and electronic theory and practice applications in order to help the company become more efficient at machine troubleshooting and programming. The longer term outcome is less machine downtime, less bottlenecks, and increased plant capacity.

Employees at Location: 35

Bristol ID (Livingston County) Lima, New York

Type of Organization: Manufacturer of plastic cards, badges and related products

Project Type: Training

Project Name: LEAN Initiative

Impact to Jobs: Job Growth, Skill Development

Project Focus: Develop LEAN principles and skills in a core group of employees who will then spread their knowledge among the staff. Employees will become proficient in scrap reduction, increased throughput, more accurate inventory management, and minimizing rework. The project will result in business growth and increased capacities leading to future workforce growth.

Employees at Location: 90

Finger Lakes Community College (Ontario County) Canandaigua, New York

Type of Organization: SUNY Community College

Project Type: Training

Project Name: Advanced Manufacturing Machinist Training

Impact to Jobs: Job Placement

Project Focus: Advanced Manufacturing Machinists are in high demand regionally, statewide and nationally.The training is offered in collaboration with G.W. Lisk and is part of a larger program of the regional strategy of Finger Lakes Advanced Machining Enterprise (FAME) to allow unemployed and underemployed individuals the opportunity to learn needed skills to obtain, retain, or in advance positions within an advanced technology machine shop.

Employees at Location: 625

Hardinge, Inc. (Chemung County) Elmira, New York

Type of Organization: Manufacturer of turning, milling, grinding, work holding, and rotary products

Project Type: Training

Project Name: Introduction to Machine Tool Operation Training

Impact to Jobs: Skill Development

Project Focus:

Prepare entry level employees with the foundational skills needed to be successful as machine operators. The project will help the company address the need for new machine operators to replace those who may retire in the next few years. The project will result in the retention and development of the workforce and will enable the company to continue business and subsequent job growth.

Employees at Location: 380

Chicone Cabinetmakers (Schuyler County) Montour Falls, New York

Type of Organization: Custom cabinetmaker

Project Type: CNC Machine Upgrade Growth Project

Impact to Jobs: Job Growth, Skill Development

Project Focus: Assist with purchase and use of equipment to enable the company to be more competitive and increase its precision rate. The project is expected to result in an increase in production, leading to business and job growth.

Employees at Location: 5

SEPAC, Inc. (Chemung County) Elmira, New York

Type of Organization: Clutch and brake manufacturer

Project Type: Training

Project Name: Accelerated Machinist Partnership Program

Impact to Jobs: Job Placement, Skill Development

Project Focus: Improve company's access to a qualified applicant pool by supporting the company's participation in a multi-employer program that allows adult students from the local BOCES to obtain 280 hours of on-the-job work experience at each of several sites. The students are then provided an opportunity to interview with the participating companies. This program is being run in collaboration with GST BOCES and CSS Workforce New York.

Employees at Location: 35

ORMEC Systems Corp. (Monroe County) Rochester, New York

Type of Organization: Manufacturer of motion control products

Project Type: Equipment

Project Name: Equipment for New Product Development

Impact to Jobs: Job Growth, Skill Development

Project Focus: Assist with the purchase of new software and hardware needed to introduce a new EtherCAT-based controller and series of servodrives. The purchase and use of this equipment will allow the company to expand sales domestically and into a larger international geographic market, leading to business and workforce growth.

Employees at Location: 23

GW Lisk, Inc. (Ontario County) Clifton Springs, New York

Type of Organization: Manufacturer of custom solenoids, solenoid valves, sensors, and flame arrestors

Project Type: Equipment

Project Name: Equipment - M1 Spool Cell

Impact to Jobs: Job Growth, Job Retention

Project Focus: Offset cost for purchase of equipment to help reduce scrap at the company's new LEAN cell. The cell will incorporate a variety of operations, and operators will be cross-trained in all operations within the cell. The project will result in the continued growth of the business and workforce.

Employees at Location: 650

Hardinge, Inc. (Chemung County) Elmira, New York

Type of Organization: Manufacturer of turning, milling, grinding, workholding, and rotary products

Project Type: Training

Project Name: Accelerated Machinist Partnership Program

Impact to Jobs: Job Placement, Skill Development

Project Focus: Improve company's access to a qualified applicant pool by supporting the company's participation in a multi-employer program that allows adult students from the local BOCES to obtain 280 hours of on-the-job work experience at each of several sites. The students are then provided an opportunity to interview with the participating companies. This program is being run in collaboration with GST BOCES and CSS Workforce New York.

Employees at Location: 380

CCMI (Ontario County) Geneva, New York

Type of Organization: Plastic component manufacturer

Project Type: Equipment

Project Name: Equipment - Single Station Thermoformer

Impact to Jobs: Job Growth, Skill Development

Project Focus: Assist with purchase and use of equipment to increase the company's capabilities, efficiencies, and production. The machine will reduce waste and produce more in-demand parts. The project will result in the continued growth of the business and workforce.

Employees at Location: 12

Friends of the GardenAerial, Inc. (Monroe County) Rochester, New York

Type of Organization: Non-Profit greenway and park developer

Project Type: Equipment

Project Name: Equipment - Utility Van for Green Visions

Impact to Jobs: Job Placement, Skill Development

Project Focus:

Support organization's purchase of a utility van to be used to advance the Green Visions project. Green Visions is a 20-week, part time workforce development training program that prepares at-risk and economically disadvantaged unemployed young adults for careers in several sectors including manufacturing, agriculture, and energy conservation. The van will be used for delivery and distribution of Green Vision's flowers and bouquets, as well as the transportation and safe storage program tools, equipment, and materials. WDI support will help sustain and expand the program and will result in participants graduating from the program with a resume, three certifications, and on-the-job work experience.

Employees at Location: 16

Rochester Research Associates (Monroe County) Rochester, New York

Type of Organization: Company that provides independent compliance and research services for the construction industry

Project Type: Training

Project Name: Smart Sales Methodology Implementation

Impact to Jobs: Job Growth, Skill Development

Project Focus: Increase skill sets of all employees so that each member of the team can see opportunities to increase market share for the company. With these new skill sets, the company will be positioned for growth.

Employees at Location: 6

Seating Inc. (Livingston County) Nunda, New York

Type of Organization: Manufacturer of seating products

Project Type: Combination – Training and Equipment

Project Name: Training, Software, and Equipment

Impact to Jobs: Job Growth, Skill Development

Project Focus: Assist company with purchase of software and equipment, and provide training on both. The project will help the company evolve its product line to pursue new markets and customers, and is expected to result in the development of current employees and future job growth.

Employees at Location: 30

Hill Haven Rehabilitation and Transition Center (Monroe County) Webster, New York

Type of Organization: Skilled nursing facility providing care to the elderly and rehabilitation services to persons with post acute care needs

Project Type: Training

Project Name: CNA Training

Impact to Jobs: Job Placement, Job Promotion

Project Focus: Support training for unit assistants, food service employees, and environmental associates to become CNAs. This certification course will offer training to incumbent workers as well as to open enrollment participants, with a goal of creating a steady pipeline of newly certified nursing assistants.

Employees at Location: 389

Liberty Pumps, Inc. (Genesee County) Bergen, New York

Type of Organization: Manufacturer of sump, sewer, and effluent pumps

Project Type: Equipment

Project Name: Large Horsepower Pump

Impact to Jobs: Job Growth, Job Promotion

Project Focus: Assist with the purchase of manufacturing equipment for a new family of pumps that will open the company to new markets. An increase in sales and workforce is anticipated.

Employees at Location: 200

JML Optical (Monroe County) Rochester, New York

Type of Organization: Optics Manufacturer

Project Type: Equipment - Software

Project Name: Purchase of software licenses

Impact to Jobs: Job Growth, Skill Development

Project Focus: Assist with the purchase of software licenses which will, in turn, allow the company to bring in more staff, allow for greater transparency between departments, and maintain the company’s high level of quality. The company will train staff on the new software.

Employees at Location: 88

Aldon Corporation (Livingston County) Avon, New York

Type of Organization: Manufacturer of chemicals for laboratory, education, and industrial markets

Project Type: Equipment

Project Name: Hood and and Stretch Wrapper

Impact to Jobs: Job Growth, Job Retention

Project Focus: Assist with the purchase of new equipment that will improve the company’s ability to manufacture and ship new formulations. The increased sales that result will impact the workforce.

Employees at Location: 32

**PLEASE NOTE: If the number of employees is listed as "n/a," then the project is targeted to other organizations. For example, building trades unions run training programs for their members, but members are hired separately by general contractors. In other cases, a non-profit may be running a program that serves others.