FROM: The Manufacturing Consortium of Long Island
CONTACT: Jennifer Solomon (631)572-8232 | Jen@LongIslandMFG@.com
MANUFACTURING CONSORTIUM OF LONG ISLAND LAUNCHES:
GIVING A NEW VOICE TO LOCAL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY
Long Island Manufacturing Symposium
Featured Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone
Suffolk County, New York (April 15, 2016) – The Long Island Manufacturing Symposium, held yesterday on April 14, 2016, was hosted by ADDAPT and the Manufacturing Consortium of Long Island (MCLI) and sponsored by the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency. Over 130 people were in attendance representing roughly 80 local businesses.
“The manufacturing sector in Suffolk County continues to be a staple of our local economy,” said County Executive Steve Bellone. “However, we all recognize that we must continue to work together in order to enhance what we have already established. In Suffolk County, we have a strong, resilient core of manufacturers and professionals and the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency has assisted over 27 manufacturing companies with property tax abatements, sales tax exemptions on capital equipment and construction materials during the past three years 2013-2015. I look forward to working collaboratively with the industry as we continue to support the growth of business in our region and attract the highly-skilled, high-knowledge young workers, and to help grow an innovative economy.”
“Long Island has a robust and diverse manufacturing sector,” said Suffolk County IDA Chair, Joanne Minieri. “Half of the projects engaged by the Suffolk County IDA over the past three years were with manufacturing companies. The total private capital investment on these projects was over $188 million, and they created or retained more than 4,100 jobs with a total payroll of $178 million. As manufacturing jobs have a higher economic ‘multiplier effect’ than most, they create more secondary and tertiary spending and employment than those in many other sectors.”
The Symposium served as a launch point for MCLI, a new effort aiming to provide a unified voice for local businesses in the manufacturing industry. Spearheaded by Chairwoman Anne Shybunko and Executive Director Jamie Moore, MCLI plans to collect and organize a Manufacturing Database to highlight the variety of industries and expertise available locally, as well as promote and lobby for new legislation and more business friendly policies. A central mission to MCLI will be to design and create a regional branding campaign that highlights some of the careers offered within the industry, the creative nature of many of the businesses involved and the lifestyle incentives available for prospective employers and employees. MCLI will also work to compile information about grants, incentives, business opportunities, training programs and other valuable resources from all levels of government and marketplaces, so as to serve as a one-stop-shop for business owners looking for information. MCLI will help to expand the local manufacturing network by connecting businesses and providing a variety of events, services and discounts to its members.
“Long Island needs a strong voice for manufacturing that is industry-led, inclusive and focused on regional economic and workforce development deliverables” stated Anne Shybunko, President of GSE Dynamics and Chairwoman of MCLI. “The Consortium will develop and implement a strategic plan by bringing together industry, education and community leaders to promote Long Island’s assets and highlight the region’s strong economic clusters through a global branding campaign.”
Jamie Moore, Executive Director of MCLI and President of ADDAPT said, “Long Island is a global leader in manufacturing but we have not been able to effectively market ourselves as a place where young professionals want to work or where new companies want to set roots. MCLI is going to be a coordinated effort to highlight our strengths and capabilities on a global scale to drive business to the region, engage our current and future workforce, and bring to light the amazing products and services offered by Long Islanders.”
Event attendees also heard from Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy Jr. and Legislator Bill Lindsay, Chair of the Economic Development Committee who implored business leaders to work more closely with them.
“I was quite pleased to be a panelist at the launch of MCLI “stated Suffolk County Comptroller John M. Kennedy, Jr. “Not only is this a much needed organization with industry focus, the level of audience participation was overwhelming. One issue that surfaced from participant Lisa Ludwig, Territory Manager for Comairco is a greater involvement with young women in the area of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). To that end one outgrowth of this meeting is a committee focused on young women and STEM helping to guide them in making career choices right here on Long Island. In addition to leaders in industry and academia, we have made available Legislator Leslie Kennedy and from my office Executive Assistant Theresa Kopp, Executive Director of Accounting Services Brenda Sloan-Papele, Director of Municipal Finance Elizabeth Guerriero and Appropriations Accounts Payable Supervisor Marie Hayle” concluded Kennedy.
Suffolk County Legislator Bill Lindsay Jr., Chairman of the Economic Development Committee said, “It was great to meet with the leading manufacturers in Suffolk County to hear their thoughts and concerns they face operating their companies. It is vital for our local government to work with this industry to help mitigate the barriers placed on the operation and growth of their businesses.”
According to the New York State Department of Labor, employment in manufacturing was 71,134 on Long Island in 2014 (6.7% of private sector employment) and the average wage was $64,014 (1.3% increase from 2013). A departure from conventional thinking, average wages in manufacturing are higher than the private sector average ($53,136), proving that not only do these careers offer young professionals purpose, but they provide financial stability and a path focused on growth.
The Symposium was moderated by Anthony Acampora, Partner in Charge at SilvermanAcampora, who stated: “MCLI represents the best opportunity for Long Island manufacturers to speak with one voice and to remind the world of their hard earned stature as the place where the impossible is accomplished daily.”
The Manufacturing Consortium of Long Island is an industry led trade organization. Its mission is to sustain and grow manufacturing capability and capacity in the region by serving as a strong advocate and regional brand leader. Learn more about MCLI at www.LongIslandMFG.com