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RTMA Newsletter - October Edition

   RTMA President's Message: 

A Manufacturing Day Success!

On September 29th, the RTMA participated in a major outreach to Greater Rochester Area Students, regarding careers in advanced manufacturing. The event was held at Eastman Business Park and involved a program which included the following:
• An Expo with manufacturing companies such as: Monroe Community College, Rochester Institute of Technology and the RTMA. Information was presented to over 500 students regarding the opportunities in education, training and careers in advanced manufacturing.
• An on-stage interview with a successful manufacturer, Lou Romano, President of Romold. The intention was to share with the students what motivated him to enter the industry as a worker, and later become an owner.
• Q&A Session with panel of other manufacturers, in which I participated. Our goal was to share what qualities employers look for in potential employees. I was thoroughly impressed by the students’ enthusiasm and energy at the event.
• Another panel comprised of young people recently employed in manufacturing, who told their story and answered questions from the audience.
• Surveys were distributed to the attending students, to measure their interest in a career in advanced manufacturing. The majority of responses were favorable.

Workforce Development is a priority for the RTMA. Manufacturing Day Programs are becoming progressively more important to reach potential candidates for our companies. In our own community, it is projected that skilled workers in manufacturing will decline by 23% in the next 3-5 years.

The RTMA will continue to work with other like-minded organizations to promote pathways and resources to careers in advanced manufacturing.

Below are some clips to gain an insight into the event of September 29th.



RTMA KeyNote Address:

Trade Deficit Reduction Act

As the National Debate regarding critical economic issues continues during this election cycle, International Trade is at long last getting the attention it deserves.

Earlier this month, I participated in a news conference with Congresswoman, Louise Slaughter, and PGM Vice President, Todd Hockenberger, at PGM’s Facility.

The purpose was to call attention to the fact that the U.S. Trade Deficit for Goods and Services, has gone from $70 Billion Dollars in 1993 to $500                                                                                              Billion Dollars last year.

Congresswoman Slaughter has introduced a bill to Congress which would put a government wide focus on addressing the significant trade deficits that exist between the United States and other countries.

The intention is to develop and implement trade deficit reduction plans to address the most prevalent issues that contribute to significant trade deficits.

They are as follows: non-tariff trade barriers, labor conditions, environmental protections, forced technology transfer and currency manipulation.

Balanced Trade is critical to the success of American Manufacturing, and the Trade Deficit Reducation Act is a good start to reaching that goal.

RTMA Associate Member Highlight

Attorneys at Bond, Schoeneck & King understand the nuanced challenges, as well as the considerable growth potential, for technology and manufacturing companies in the age of advanced manufacturing innovation. Our attorneys provide coordinated, comprehensive legal counsel to manufacturers on strategic, operational, financial, regulatory and day-to-day business issues. In addition, our attorneys serve a broad range of both established and start-up manufacturers in a vast array of industries, with a significant level of experience serving clients in Electronics, Chemicals, and Pharmaceuticals. We work with companies at the leading edges of their industries.
Our firm’s structure and deep experience, with over 30 attorneys in Rochester and 270 attorneys throughout New York State and elsewhere, provides manufacturers of all shapes and sizes with the representation needed to address and resolve any legal problem, whether in the boardroom, at the bargaining table or in the courtroom.

Economic report

September Manufacturing Job Market Numbers Disappointed Again

jobs For the second straight month, manufacturing employment fell, which was disappointing. Given the rebound in sentiment and activity seen in other measures, there was some hope that job growth might stabilize in this report. Instead, manufacturers lost 13,000 workers on net in September, extending the loss of 16,000 employees in August. More importantly, manufacturing employment has decreased by 58,000 year-to-date, suggesting continuing cautiousness among manufacturing business leaders to add workers in light of lingering weaknesses in the global economy.

On this Manufacturing Day, that message is a bittersweet one. We were encouraged by the rebound in demand and production seen in Monday’s ISM figures, and there is some expectation that activity will pick up in the coming months. Yet, these figures suggest a degree of nervousness in the economic outlook, with job growth in manufacturing continuing to lag behind.

With that in mind – and especially with the election just weeks away – manufacturers will continue to stress pro-growth policies that will enable faster economic growth and enhance the sector’s overall global competitiveness.

Looking more closely at the data, durable and nondurable goods firms shed 11,000 and 2,000 workers in September, respectively. The largest declines were seen in the food manufacturing (down 4,300), transportation equipment (down 4,200, including a 3,100 decline for motor vehicles and parts), furniture and related products (down 1,700), wood products (down 1,600), computer and electronic products (down 1,500) and fabricated metal products (down 1,500) sectors.

In contrast, there were employment gains in September for miscellaneous nondurable goods (up 1,300), nonmetallic mineral products (up 1,300) and textile product mills (up 1,200), among others.

Despite the drop in hiring for the month, average weekly earnings in the manufacturing sector moved higher, up from $1,058.85 in August to $1,064.71 in September. On a year-over-year basis, average weekly earnings have increased from $1,031.65 in September 2015, up 3.2 percent for the 12-month period. Average weekly hours were also up slightly, rising from 40.6 hours to 40.7 hours, with average overtime hours unchanged at 3.3 hours.

Meanwhile, the U.S. economy added 156,000 employees in September, easing marginally from an increase of 167,000 observed in August. This was off somewhat from the consensus increase of around 170,000. So far in 2016, nonfarm payrolls have grown by 178,000 per month on average, slowing from the average gain of 229,000 per month seen in 2015 as a whole. At the same time, the unemployment rate edged up from 4.9 percent in August to 5.0 percent in September, its highest level since April. This was likely the result of an increased participation rate, up from 62.8 percent to 62.9 percent, a six-month high.

Overall, the U.S. economy continues to add jobs at a very modest pace, but perhaps at a rate that remains less-than-desired and certainly slower than seen last year. This is especially the case for manufacturing, which continues to struggle on the hiring front.

Education and Training

RTMA's Strategic Partner for Education and Training


Monroe Community College (MCC) has one of the best-equipped college machining programs in New York State. It's Associate Degree and Certificate Program in Precision Machining provides students with first-hand experience in the most current techniques and technology. It also provides the opportunity to learn directly from journeymen machinists with years of professional experience.

Presently, there are 150 students currently enrolled in Precision Machining Courses. It is projected that there will be 20 graduates in December and another 30 graduates in May 2017. The RTMA Placement Program coordinates its activities with the students as they approach graduation. For further information about RTMA's Placement Program, see below. 

RTMA Employee Placement Program

The RTMA is working to help members with their staffing needs.  Program Benefits include:
• Placement fees are 50% less than other staffing agencies.
• RTMA’s Placement Officer searches, interviews and provides a list of pre-qualified candidates.
• RTMA’s Placement Officer attends job/career fairs to collect resumes for members’ review.
• Members can review pre-qualified resumes at own convenience.
• Placement fees are paid to the RTMA to fund member benefit programs.

Over 70 qualified candidates the Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Association to take advantage of this member benefit today!

Janet Olivieri, RTMA Placement Officer
2485 West Henrietta Road, Suite 152
Rochester, New York 14623
Phone: (585) 734-1811

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RTMA Event Highlights:


On October 20th, the RTMA held its Annual Meeting. The following individuals were elected to serve 3 year terms on the Board of Directors:

• Michael Bechtold, President of OptiPro Systems
• Jamie Gardner, Vice President of Operations, JML Optical Industries, LLC
• Louis Romano, President, Romold, Inc.
• Dick Webb, President, Pierce Industries
• Todd Zyra, President, Klein Steel, Inc.



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

On Monday, September 19th, RTMA hosted its Annual Fall Golf & Clam Bake at Locust Hill Country Club. We had a great turn out of 128 golfers who were joined by 32 dinner guests for the Clam Bake Buffet Dinner. Because of the continued support from our members and sponsors, the event was a complete success. We hope to see you again next year.

Below is a picture slideshow... enjoy! 


Thank you to our sponsors!



Optifest 2016

OptiPro Systems hosted their Technology Open House and Steakout on Oct. 19th and 20th at their 30,000 square-foot facility in Ontario, New York. Over 400 people from manufacturing companies across upstate NY attended the two day open house to learn about the latest technology that can help take their business to the next level. Over 20 machines and solutions were on display from Methods Machine Tools, including Nakamura Tome multi-tasking machines, FANUC vertical machining centers and wire EDM, Kiwa-Japan expandable horizontal machining centers, and Feeler machining centers and turning centers. One of the main attractions was Feeler’s new 5-axis machining center, the U-600.

Attendees were also able to see the latest advancements from Mastercam, the world leader in CAD/CAM software. An extensive presentation schedule featured four technical talks on Mastercam products: Mastercam 2017, Multi-Axis, Productivity+, and Mill-Turn. In addition, 16 vendors serving the metalworking industry displayed their products and capabilities. Guests networked with industry colleagues while enjoying a steak lunch/dinner and happy hour.

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November Monthly MeetinG

Date: TUESDAY, November 15th
Location: Burgundy Basin: 1361 Marsh Road, Pittsford, NY 14534
Topic: How to Take Your Business to the Next Level
Speaker: Bob Legge, President of Legge & Company, LLC

December Holiday Social 

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