2015 Manufacturing Awards: Handing Out the Hardware

From encouraging high school students to pursue a career in manufacturing and innovative products born here in Western New York to driving success through multiple generations of family ownership, the 2015 Manufacturing Awards provided the opportunity to reflect on and recognize the hard work, ingenuity and perseverance that our local manufacturers demonstrate daily. Even better? Nearly 300 people attended to celebrate one of our region’s most critical sectors.

The Crowd

We were honored to be a presenting sponsor, along with our partners at Insyte Consulting as well as Sonwil Distribution and KeyBank, as Business First handed out more than 20 awards to deserving local manufacturers on Tuesday, May 5. You can see a full list of the winners on a previous blog we posted here.

As the “newcomer” this year, we were inspired by so many of the award winners and what they stand for. We’d like to give a special shout out to a few of our members that earned an award. Business First was kind enough to share the descriptions they read while the companies below were being honored for our use here.

Harmac ?Harmac Medical Products Inc.
Award: Community Involvement

Harmac provides single-use medical devices for use in the global market. That’s around the world but listen to what they do at home for the community. Harmac purchased abandoned and neglected houses within HUB zone, where the headquarters are located in the City of Buffalo. Harmac also created 4 acres of green space with more than 150 trees and replaced cracked sidewalks and defective street lights to increase safety and neighborhood stability. The company also hires contract personnel with developmental disabilities form Allentown Industries.

Award: Operational Excellence

Like many companies, Staub got its start in the garage. That was 1975. But this is no garage operation today. From implementing machining centers that run without operators overnight so when their workforce arrives in the morning, large volumes of product are ready to be packaged and shipped to finding an innovative way to deliver coolant to the machining centers, Staub is a great example of how improving operations through innovation can lead to growth and profit.

eastman_bmwEastman Machine
Award: Family Run Manufacturing

Eastman is a fifth generation family run business that manufactures equipment for cutting fabric such as cloth, canvas and fiber glass. About 50% of its $32 million sales are sold into export markets with the expectation to consistently grow export sales by 10% over the next several years.


TAMTAM Ceramics
Award: Dream It, Do It

TAM Ceramics is big Dream it Do supporter. George Bilkey serves on its board of directors and TAM Ceramics is the largest financial supporter in Niagara County. The company has generously backed Dream It Do It in many ways including high school tours, speaking engagements, Manufacturing Expo, hosting an intern from Niagara Falls High School, sponsoring teachers for the Summer Educator Work Experience and participating in ECC’s Engineering Day.

TAM Ceramics is a leading manufacturer of powders specifically engineered to meet a diverse customer base, which includes small specialty operations and Fortune 500 companies.

PowerDrivesPower Drives Inc.
Award: Dream It, Do It

Power Drives is a manufacturer of fluid transmission equipment for industrial use including heavy truck, locomotives and marine. The company has facilities in Buffalo, Falconer, Tonawanda and Erie, Pa. Employment is about 250. Company president Louis Panzica was instrumental in establishing the Dream It Do It Program, first in the Southern Tier and then in Erie & Niagara Counties.

Congratulations again to all the winners on this well-deserved recognition of excellence. We’re already looking forward to next year so we’ll let you know right here on our blog when nominations are open. In the meantime, keep putting your award-worthy ideas to work – we’re here if you need any help.

EWI Hires Engineer to Support Flexible Manufacturing Focus Area

Seungkook JunBuffalo, NY – EWI is pleased to announce that it has hired Seungkook Jun, Ph.D. as an Applications Engineer for Buffalo Manufacturing Works. Buffalo Manufacturing Works, a world-class center for advanced manufacturing, is part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative.

Seungkook joins EWI with six years of academic research experience working in biomechanics and robotics and eight years of experience as a mechanical engineer with international information technology companies. He will be supporting automation and mechatronics development at Buffalo Manufacturing Works specifically in the flexible automation focus area. He earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University at Buffalo.

“Seungkook brings a wealth of knowledge in innovation and problem-solving expertise in robotics and automation that will be a huge asset to our manufacturing clients,” said Michael Ulbrich, president of Buffalo Manufacturing Works. “Taking research and applying it to the production floor is a key element of our partnership with the University at Buffalo and having Seungkook on our team supports that important process.”

Buffalo Manufacturing Works is currently working with numerous manufacturers in Western New York and opened its new facility at 847 Main Street in April 2015. For career information and job openings at Buffalo Manufacturing Works, visit the EWI careers page.


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 www.ewi.org, email [email protected], or call 614.688.5000.

About Buffalo Manufacturing Works

Buffalo Manufacturing Works is a one-of-a-kind resource center for advanced manufacturing. This groundbreaking collaboration between leading industry, research and academic partners provides manufacturers with the tools they need to grow, improve their bottom line and compete all while stimulating economic development throughout the Buffalo Niagara Region. The program is supported by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion Economic Development Plan. For more information, visit www.buffalomanufacturingworks.com.

About the Buffalo Billion

With Governor Cuomo’s commitment to invest $1 billion in the Buffalo area economy, which is designed to spur significantly greater private investment and create thousands of new, sustainable jobs, New York State is helping the Buffalo area to realize immediate economic growth to put “generation now” back to work while setting the foundation for sustainable economic opportunity for future generations. The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council – a top economic development plan award winner – will play a key role in how the funding is used to support the expansion of local companies and how to target the attraction of new businesses across the country and around the globe to come to Buffalo. To learn more about the Buffalo Billion, visit www.buffalobillion.ny.gov.