Buffalo Billion initiative to spur economic opportunity in Western NY
Institute’s first business partners help launch nationally recognized center
Albany, NY (February 27, 2014)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of the Buffalo Niagara Advanced Manufacturing Institute, a new state-of-the-art facility to support the growth of Western New York’s manufacturing sector, and another component of the Buffalo Billion initiative to spur economic development opportunities in the region. Praxair, Sherex Fastening Solutions, The InVentures Group, and Jiffy-tite Company will be among the founding members of the Institute.
“The Advanced Manufacturing Institute will provide applied engineering services that are essential for the future success of the growing local high-tech sector,” said Governor Cuomo. “Businesses are anxious to partner with the Institute because it is an opportunity to solve manufacturing and production issues and develop, commercialize, and implement leading-edge manufacturing technologies that improve product performance, quality, reliability, and cost competitiveness. The Institute is a key part of the Buffalo Billion initiative, already making Western New York more competitive and positioning the region as a leader in high-tech advanced manufacturing and innovation. Today’s announcement is another step in the right direction, boosting new economic opportunities and job creation across Western New York, now and for generations to come.”
The Institute will be operated by EWI, a non-profit engineering services R&D company, which will provide services and support to help local industry develop more efficient operational processes –facilitating entry into new markets. The Institute today unveiled its technology focus areas, which are: Flexible Automation and Controls, Advanced Materials and Testing, Additive Manufacturing, and Advanced Fabrication. Technical capabilities will be built in phases driven by industry demand for technology services in each area.
“Praxair recognizes the importance of technical innovation to advanced manufacturing competitiveness,” said Anne Roby, Praxair senior vice president. “We are looking forward to working with the Institute to identify, test, and implement manufacturing technologies that will help us and other local manufacturers develop a more competitive advantage with our products. Praxair is proud to be a founding partner with the advanced manufacturing institute. The benefits of this collaborative effort are invaluable to industry and the local economy.”
The Institute will enable new product and process development with particular emphasis on the region’s growth sectors such as advanced manufacturing, machinery, food processing, chemicals, medical devices and pharmaceuticals.
“The institute for advanced manufacturing is one of the signature initiatives of the Buffalo Billion Investment Development Plan,” said Howard Zemsky, Regional Council Co-chair and Managing Partner at Larkin Development Group. “Governor Cuomo recognizes that if the region is to reach its potential, the manufacturing sector must be expanded. This new facility is part of a multi-pronged strategy to accelerate the growth of specialized manufacturing subsectors that are well positioned for high growth in a globally competitive manufacturing sector.”
Today’s announcement underscores the importance of collaboration among the institute, UB and local industry — emphasizing the benefits realized by regional companies, organizations and the overall community.
“Research universities are hubs of invention and discovery — institutions whose knowledge and creative energy can be channeled to benefit society,” said UB President Satish K. Tripathi, co-chair of the Western New York REDC. “With strong research programs in fields from materials science to advanced computing, UB is well-positioned to support the new institute’s mission. We will play an integral role in partnering with the institute and its founding companies to develop new manufacturing methods, innovative new materials and new testing technologies to spur growth of high-tech manufacturing in Western New York.”
Last month, Governor Cuomo announced EWI was chosen to operate the Advanced Manufacturing Institute, which will be housed at 847 Main Street in Buffalo. The building was purchased by the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) with an $8 million Buffalo Billion grant from Empire State Development (ESD). The agreement calls for BNMC to provide, at no cost, space to house EWI for their start-up operations. In addition, NYS will invest $45M of the Buffalo Billion toward machinery, equipment, future facility needs and operations.
Henry Cialone, President and CEO of EWI said, “This is a proven model EWI has seen work in a number of the centers and consortia which it operates as hubs for the advancement of specific technologies and industries. The Institute will be designed to improve public/private collaboration, strengthen Western New York manufacturing supply chains, and make its manufacturers more competitive on a global scale. The Institute will be structured to provide immediate benefit to local companies by enabling a quick start while creating a differentiating capability in Western New York.”
Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc. President & CEO Matthew K. Enstice said, “We commend Governor Cuomo for continuing his strategic vision for and landmark investment in Buffalo by supporting the infrastructure needed to encourage private sector growth and job creation on the BNMC. Continuing to build out the entrepreneurial ecosystem with a business accelerator at 847 Main Street will significantly aid our ability to grow and attract biotech, health and life sciences companies to Western New York. Only three years after opening, the Innovation Center is nearly at capacity, with more than 53 companies and 300 employees. We anticipate similar success in our newest facility, and we thank the Governor for supporting our work and implementing his vision to grow a high-tech corridor across New York State.”
Senator Tim Kennedy said, "Western New York's manufacturing sector was built upon a foundation of hard work that is inherent among our diverse workforce. The Advanced Manufacturing Institute will build upon that foundation by fostering innovation and opening up new opportunities for growth. The AMI will help manufacturers devise solutions that will help them overcome obstacles, boost their production capabilities and increase their competitiveness in our global economy. Most importantly, the Advanced Manufacturing Institute will unlock our region's potential to re-claim its position as a manufacturing powerhouse and help create good-paying job opportunities for Western New Yorkers. Governor Cuomo's Buffalo Billion initiative is leading our region along a path toward sustained economic development and job creation. The AMI will provide great opportunities for local businesses, and I thank the Governor for his commitment to Western New York."
“I applaud Governor Cuomo, Empire State Development Corporation, EWI and all of its partners regarding the launch of the Advanced Manufacturing Institute. This is a vision coming through to fruition that will properly train a skilled labor workforce offering living wages for positions in the new age of advanced manufacturing; it will provide opportunities to create innovative improvements to standard processes to increase efficiency and productivity; and it will also be used as a recruitment tool to attract quality employers and additional resources. This is the rebirth of manufacturing in Western New York and I am proud to be a part of it,” said Assemblymember Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said, "The Advanced Manufacturing Institute will be of vital assistance in developing a local work force that's ready to step into positions in today's high-tech manufacturing fields. Governor Cuomo's 'Billion for Buffalo' continues to bear fruit for Erie County with the announcement of this facility, which will further diversify our manufacturing sector capabilities in the future."
"Manufacturing jobs are highly technical and require a skilled workforce," said Mayor Byron Brown. "This facility will provide the significant resources to help our manufacturers in Buffalo develop the cutting edge tools they need to compete, while also prepare the next generation workforce. I thank Governor Cuomo for this investment, enabling us to further strengthen the productivity and competitiveness of the advanced manufacturing sector in Buffalo."
The final name for the Institute will be established prior to the start of operations later this year. It is envisioned that nearly 50% of the space will be dedicated to laboratories and the balance of the space being filled by large meeting rooms and flexible office space.
EWI develops and applies manufacturing technology innovation within the manufacturing industry. Since the early 1980s, the company has helped mid-to-large sized manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, government/defense, heavy manufacturing, consumer products and light industrial, energy, and rail industry sectors improve their operational efficiencies through innovative materials joining and allied technologies.
Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, EWI boasts full-size laboratories and a staff of highly skilled engineers, scientists, technicians, industry experts, and project managers who help resolve manufacturing process and production issues, and make operations more competitive through manufacturing technology innovation. For more information on EWI, visit www.ewi.org.
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