December 18, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Launch of Buffalo Billion II Initiative to Support Innovation and Growth for Manufacturers in Western New York

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Buffalo Manufacturing Works' Shift program will Help Improve Operations of Small and Medium Manufacturers

Projected to Impact 250 Companies Over the Next Three Years


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announcedBuffalo Manufacturing Works operated by Edison Welding Institute, Inc., Inyste Consulting and Next Street have launched a new program developed specifically for small and medium-sized manufacturers in Western New York called Shift. Shift will help these manufacturers in the region to identify and implement mission critical technology to better operate, compete and grow. Shift was funded through Buffalo Billion Phase II funding to broaden and deepen a long-term impact on Buffalo-Niagara's manufacturing competitiveness.

"We're making strategic investments today to foster future economic opportunities and job creation across Western New York," Governor Cuomosaid. "By promoting innovation and new technologies Buffalo Manufacturing Works is improving manufacturing competitiveness sector-wide and bringing more good-paying, sustainable jobs to the region. The launch of this program is one more reason why Buffalo is a city on the move."

"As a Western New Yorker, I am proud of this administration's accomplishments rebuilding this region, which is evidenced by the many ribbon-cuttings and grand-openings I have taken part in over the past few years," Lieutenant Governor Hochul said. "Governor Cuomo's commitment to programs like Shift provide manufacturing businesses the assistance they need to compete and grow, paving the way for them to expand operations and employ more people. This is just one more way that we are fueling economic growth through Buffalo Billion II."

Shift will provide a necessary first step for manufacturers who recognize they need to innovate to stay competitive but are unsure of where to start. The program will provide unparalleled expertise to guide leadership through the necessary steps in the program. It is anticipated that Shift will impact 250 small and medium sized manufacturers over the next three years.

President, CEO and Commissioner of Empire State Development Howard Zemsky said, "Buffalo Manufacturing Works is a key part of Governor Cuomo's Buffalo Billion initiative, providing crucial services to businesses working to solve manufacturing and production issues and develop and implement leading-edge manufacturing technologies that improve product performance, quality, reliability, and cost competitiveness."

Senator Tim Kennedy said, "Buffalo Manufacturing Works is becoming an essential tool for local manufacturers. The consulting services provided with BMW's new Shift program will result in more efficient manufacturing processes, which will enable companies to expand and hire more employees. "

Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes said, "Through the new Shift program, Buffalo Manufacturing Works is providing important industry specific information such as material testing and 3-D printing to medium and small manufacturers. I applaud Governor Cuomo for his continued efforts on growing our regional economy by creating partnerships between industry and workforce development."

City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said, "Since Buffalo Manufacturing Works was created in 2015, it has provided several of our area's larger manufacturers, such as Moog, Inc., with the support they need to expand into new markets and boost productivity. Through the new Shift program, small and medium manufacturing companies will be able to take advantage of that same expertise leading to lower costs, improved productivity, and better trained employees—all essentials for future development. It's also exciting that Buffalo Manufacturing Works will be relocating from its current downtown site to the new Northland Corridor training and manufacturing campus in the summer of 2019. This is a win-win for the more than $70 million Northland project, and for small and mid-sized Buffalo manufacturers."

Shift Program Director Elizabeth Callahan said, "The first step in Shift is to provide an Innovation Scorecard and from there we offer customized workshops to build the skills to make necessary innovation updates in step two. Participants who move on to the third step will receive an on-site review with specialized engineers and the final step is one-on-one consulting with the team at Buffalo Manufacturing Works to implement an innovation plan."

President of Buffalo Manufacturing Works Michael Ulbrich said, "Shift is all about access. We often hear that manufacturers in Western New York want to innovate but don't know where to start, this is the place to start. Shift will provide these manufacturers with a competitive advantage to help them grow and compete."

President of Insyte Consulting Ben Rand said, "This is a true collaborative effort. By combining the expertise of Buffalo Manufacturing Works, Insyte Consulting and Next Street, local manufacturers will have the opportunity to tap into best-in-class knowledge. Manufacturing is still the backbone of our region, providing more than 60,000 jobs in WNY and contributing over $8.3 billion in gross domestic in gross domestic product in Buffalo-Niagara."

CEO of Next Street Marina Linhart said, "Shift is going to fill a critical need in the manufacturing landscape in Western New York. The program will build innovation capacity relative to industry standards and regional peers, allowing companies to measure and manage their business while also collecting critical economic development and business data."                    

Manufacturers ready to get started can sign up to participate in Shift today. There is no cost to participate in the program. For more information, visit

About EWI
EWI is the leading engineering and technology organization in North America dedicated to developing, testing, and implementing advanced manufacturing technologies for industry. Since 1984, EWI has offered applied research, manufacturing support, and strategic services to leaders in the aerospace, automotive, consumer electronic, medical, energy, government and defense, and heavy manufacturing sectors. By matching our expertise to the needs of forward-thinking manufacturers, our technology team serves as a valuable extension of our clients' innovation and R&D teams to provide premium, game-changing solutions that deliver a competitive advantage in the global marketplace. To learn more, visit, email, or call 614.688.5000. 

About Buffalo Manufacturing Works
Buffalo Manufacturing Works, operated by EWI, helps innovation-driven organizations across North America excel by partnering with their internal manufacturing, engineering and R&D teams to deliver better products, grow, and compete. Located on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in downtown Buffalo, the facility houses state-of-the-art equipment to facilitate applied R&D projects with members, as well as a team specializing in three primary technology focus areas: Advanced Automation, Additive Manufacturing and Metrology & Inspection. For more information, visit

About Insyte Consulting
For 35 years Insyte Consulting has been dedicated to helping Western New York manufacturing and technology companies innovate, grow and profit. Insyte's experienced team works side-by-side with our clients to help them make lasting, positive changes in their businesses using an array of proven and cutting-edge tools and methods.  Insyte Consulting, a non- profit organization, is the Empire State Development Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) WNY MEP Center. 

About Next Street
Next Street is a boutique consulting firm that provides strategic and financial advice to nonprofits, small to mid-sized businesses, their investors, anchor institutions and government with the goal of maximizing organizational growth, impact, and success in order to drive economic development. For more information, visit, email, or call 646-392-9500.

About the Buffalo Billion
In an extraordinary recognition of Western New York's potential, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has committed an historic $1.5 billion investment in the Buffalo area economy to create thousands of jobs and spur billions in new investment and economic activity over the next several years. This $1.5 billion commitment to economic excellence is setting a new growth trajectory for jobs and the regional economy. We are creating a region that is admired worldwide, that attracts more people to live, learn, work and visit; where entrepreneurs and businesses want to invest their time and capital; and where all our institutions reflect a transformative culture of inclusion, continuous improvement, adaptation and excellence. To learn more about the Buffalo Billion, visit

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