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RTMA Launches new Website

As you may have already discovered, the RTMA has developed and implemented a new website which reflects its own efforts for continuous improvement.  The Board of Directors has worked as a team to ensure that the RTMA Website clearly identifies and promotes the RTMA Services and Benefits. The website focuses upon the following:

Manufacturing Innovation: The RTMA is partnering with the Rochester Institute of Technology's Golisano Institute of Sustainability (GIS) and the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS) to provide appropriate information for state of the art manufacturing processes and product innovation.

Strategic Growth: The RTMA is partnering with Rochester Institute of Technology's Saunders College of Business to deliver programs which can assist manufacturers improve performance, expand their reach and grow profits.
  Workforce Development: The RTMA recognizes that technology intensive and dynamic advanced manufacturers require highly skilled workers to  perform at leading-edge levels and compete globally. In order to further the development of skilled workers, the RTMA provides an array of training benefits.
Access to Markets: In order to facilitate access to markets for its members, the RTMA has created an internet marketing program. Its purpose is to promote its members to the marketplace, in order to attract requests for quotes (RFQ).

Political Advocacy: The RTMA advocates on behalf of its members on state and federal issues that affect manufacturing. In pursuit of this objective, the RTMA is a member of the Manufacturing Alliance of New York State. The Alliance works collectively to advocate on behalf of the state’s manufacturing community. It organizes coalition grass roots efforts, meetings with legislators and key policy makers.

Additional Benefits: Under this heading the website lists RTMA Programs focused on health insurance, sales expertise, workers’ compensation insurance, and networking.

The Board believes that for our members to participate in the programs and services the RTMA provides, we have to make it easy for members to be aware of what these benefits are, and facilitate their connection. The new website is a resource that can make that happen.   

 Take a few moments and click on the link and explore the opportunities that the RTMA offers.


 RTMA KeyNote Address:

Workforce Development - 2016 Summer Of Opportunity Program

The RTMA, in partnership with Monroe Community College (MCC), has received approval from the the City of Rochester to implement the Summer of Opportunity Program (SOOP) for the fifth consecutive year. It is a project based Summer Work Program for city youth, ages 15-18 years old.


Committed to this program, RTMA and MCC collaborate to facilitate the education and training of potential candidates for Advanced Manufacturing. This is achieved by instruction and hands-on experience with tooling and machinery, as well as field trips to manufacturing companies.


In preperation for the program, RTMA Office Manager, Christina Soliday and SOOP Instructors: Dave Mancuso and Daniel Corey participated in the Summer of Opportunity Provider Fair at the Blue Cross Arena. At this event, RTMA Staff and SOOP Instructors were able to promote the program and show examples of student projects.  A number of students reviewed and selected the RTMA / MCC Program as their preference. After conducting interviews, 15 candidates were selected to participate in the program, beginning on July 11th and ending on August 19th.

RTMA Monthly Meeting Highlights:

RTMA May Monthly Meeting Highlights

The RTMA has a number of strategic partners who provide education and training resources to both companies and candidates for employment in manufacturing. At the May Monthly Meeting, the RTMA hosted a panel of these partners who provided key elements of respective programs for the manufacturing sector. Leverage the meeting and click below to view the individual speaker presentations.

  Jeff Davis is the Associate Director, Executive Education Programs Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology.


Keith Babuszczak, Chief of School Innovation for Career Pathways and Integrated Learning at Edison Technology High School

Robert Lasch with Monroe Community College is the Program Coordinator at MCC’s Applied Technology Center

 John Premo, ‎Director of Community & Business Services at RochesterWorks!

   Kelly Brown Lonis, Manager, Corporate Relations

  Jill Slavny, Executive Principal for Career and Technical Education at Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES



 RTMA June Golf Outing


On June 20th, the RTMA hosted its' annual June Golf Outing at Ridgemont Country Club with over 125 attendees. Thank you to all our members who attended the event, as well as our sponsors and volunteers who helped make the event successful.  For your enjoyment, we have included a picture slideshow below:






 RTMA Regular Member Highlight

Absolute Precision, LLC operates with a "Pride in Precision" philosophy.  We proudly serve the optical, medical, cryogenic research, defense, aerospace, oil exploration, automotive and flow control industries.  Our team is committed to producing quality precision machined parts with an uncompromising emphasis on quality and service.  While we've always carried an excellent record in customer service, looking at the last 10 years, we have maintained a 99.9% acceptance record, with an 80% repeat order rate.  We have Multitasking Mill-Turn capability so we satisfy the need for the “done in one” jobs, which yields lower cycle times and more accurate components.  We machine to .0005'' in CNC turning and milling on a daily basis, with the capability to turn up to 14" diameter and have up to 3" bar capacity. Our vast experience in tight tolerance work with exotic materials and super alloys is just one of the many things that separate us from other contract machining companies. 


RTMA Associate Member Highlight is the leading FREE online supplier discovery platform that connects buyers and engineers with 700,000+ North American manufacturers, machine shops and distributors. With over 100 years of history combined with powerful cutting edge technology, we are able to provide the platform, technology, and services that help     buyers and suppliers run their businesses more effectively. A who’s who of Engineers and Purchasing professionals employed by Fortune 100 Companies, small job shops, and every type of B2B business in-between, the audience averages over 1,500,000 searches every month. If you’re in a position to accept new customers, there’s a very good chance your target customers and prospects are looking for suppliers and products on  To learn how can drive qualified, industrial traffic and opportunities to your website to help you increase your sales, please contact Mike Grugnale at or call 585-720-1763.


Political Advocacy

 Tell Congress “No TPP Vote During the Lame Duck”

Because of YOUR opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Congressional Leaders and crony capitalists have given up on trying to pass the TPP before November’s election.

BUT, the risk now is that they will try to push it through during the so-called “lame-duck” session after the elections but before the next president takes office. Lame-duck votes on controversial legislation often harm Americans and ignore the will of the voters.

Tell your Representative and Senators to publicly oppose any TPP vote in the lame-duck session this year. Click Here to take action. 


Education and Training

Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE)’s Economic Gardening Program:

Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE) is accepting applications for its Economic Gardening Program, which supports the growth of small and mid-sized business by providing access to in-depth sales and marketing  research via a strategic research team. The program is free to all participants thanks to the contributions of the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation. To date, 93 companies have participated, including several RTMA members.

“Partnering with the Economic Gardening Team offered us valuable information related to research, geographic strategies and marketplace presence. The Team assigned to Pierce Industries was diligent; they used their resources and expertise to ensure we received the information needed to continue to grow and expand our manufacturing capabilities  into diverse markets and industries.”– Dick Webb, CEO Pierce Industries

 “CAR Engineering was very satisfied with the services provided by Economic Gardening. They not only assisted us in finding new markets for our products but took it one step further to identify specific companies within those markets for me to prospect.  It is up to the company to use the information wisely but if you are willing to work with them in developing the data you can receive a lot of valuable information with which to grow your business.”– Yvette Pagano, CEO CAR Engineering and Manufacturing

 “The Economic Gardening Team provided us with broad information related to industry trends, geographic strategies and SEO strategies in a systematic way. Their help not only saved time, but also provided useful tips and resources for future research, which is a must in today’s  ever changing and dynamic domestic and international marketplace.”– Jason Spurling, President & Owner Monsees Group

For more information visit or call 585.530.6217



RTMA Endorses FAME’s 5% Pledge Project

We know that finding the people can be struggle in any business, but our members operate in a particularly challenging environment. New technologies are constantly needed to help us with the customer problems we are in business to solve. These technologies demand knowledge and experience from our workforce that escalate with each passing year.

The FAME 5% Pledge project seeks to allow students, as well as long-term unemployed or potential job changers the opportunity to become familiar with manufacturing by enlisting the help of our members and other manufacturers in the Finger Lakes region.

We’re asking manufacturing leaders to create summer jobs, after school jobs, co-ops, and internships to provide the experience as to what a career in manufacturing can be. Exposing these people to the manufacturing culture – highlight the high-tech capacity and future opportunities in manufacturing and showcase the skills needed to be successful in this industry.

We like to call it the shortest job and the longest interview. To get involved simply follow this link to the FAME site:
Read more about the project, download the pledge, sign and send to FAME per the address on the pledge.

To learn more, or schedule a short meeting to discuss, simply call John Steele at (585) 503-2737 or

 RTMA Upcoming Events

WorldLeaders presents: ‘Getting The Right Team in Place For Competing Globally’


On Wednesday, July 20th, we invite you to participate in the exclusive joint workshop seminar designed for RTMA Member Company Owners, presidents and other ‘C’ level executives interested in growing their revenues and winning more market share.

Event Date: July 20, 2016
Time: 8:00 am to 8:30 am—Networking, 8:30 am to 9:30 am— Instruction
Location: Midtown Athletic Club—Paddlehut Room, 200 E. Highland Dr., Rochester, NY 14610

FREE OF CHARGE & Continental Breakfast  is provided.

Topics will include:
Evaluating Your Entire Client Facing Team (Marketing, Sales, Sales Engineering, Account Management, Cus-tomer Service and Third Party Resellers)
Implementing The 2017 New B2B Technology & Manufacturing Sales and Marketing Model
Improving Skills and Minimizing Weaknesses

Our presenters for this event will be Rochesterians, Joe Morone and Karen Benjamin. Joe and Karen are founding partners of Worldleaders. Worldleaders is dedicated to the prosperity of B2B technology communi-ties, companies and people. We achieve this through the stewardship of statistically proven approaches to sales methods, sales skills improvement and recruiting top sales talent.  As always, our seminars are interactive and we have great participation from the attendees.
NO CHARGE & Continental Breakfast Served Call the RTMA office at 585-292-3760 or email Christina at to make your reservations by Monday, July 18th


September 19th: Annual Fall Golf & Clam Bake at Locust Hill Country Club

Last year, the RTMA had over 150 attendees enjoy the 2015 Golf & Clambake Event at Locust Hill Country Club. We had a total of 129 golfers who were joined by 30 more guests for the evening's Clambake and we hope you can join us again this year.

On Monday, September 19th, the RTMA will host its Annual Fall Golf & Clam Bake at Locust Hill Country Club. In addition to the opportunity to golf all day at the exclusive Locust Hill Country Club, we will have buffet lunch and dinner and open bar available for your enjoyment. The RTMA Staff will be accepting reservations as early as August 1st. Sponsorship Opportunities are available!

                                                                        Please contact RTMA Staff at 585-292-3760 or email Christina Soliday,


RTMA NEws Update

Former RTMA President Passes Away: 

William E. Burgess passed away on January 11, 2016 in Port Saint Lucie, FL. Born August 23, 1925, he lived a full life for 90 years.

Always a patriot, he eagerly served his country by enlisting in the United Sates Marine Corps during the Second World War. He served in the Pacific Theater in the 1st Marine Air Wing.  Upon returning home, he married Doris Ameele and graduated from the University of Rochester earning both a bachelor's and a master's degree.

Long-time residents of Pittsford, NY, Doris and Bill raised their children there. Bill was employed with the Liberty Tool and Die Corporation of Rochester where he started as a salesman and retired as President in 1987. He also served as President of the Rochester, NY chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association in 1962 and as President of the National Tooling and Machining Association in 1982.

He served his community by participating in a number of organizations including his service as a volunteer of the Pittsford Fire Department, and a trustee of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce. Bill was a member of the Flower City Lodge #476 F&AM and 32nd degree Mason, as well as a Shriner. Additionally, he was a member of the Disabled Veterans of America, All Villages Presbyterian Church, Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, and the Armstrong-order of Scottish Clans.

Bill will be remembered for his great love of his family, and as an ardent outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He was incredibly proud of his Scottish heritage. He was a devoted husband, caring father and loyal friend.

He is survived by his four children: Richard Burgess(Theresa) of Silverdale Washington; Linda Olander of Fairport, NY; Janet Scheraga (Danny) of Tully, NY; Nancy Pepperman (Joe Fraser) of Fort Myers, FL; six grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and companion, Helen Santini of Jensen Beach, FL. Bill was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Doris, and his great-granddaughter, Lauren Olander.

Donations may be made in his honor to: The Disabled Veterans, PO Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301; or to The Pittsford Fire Department, Attn: Greg Wegman, Secretary, 8 Monroe Ave. Pittsford, NY 14534; or Golisano Children's Hospital, Lauren's Garden, 300 East River Rd Box 278996, Rochester, NY 14627.
Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on May 8, 2016

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