Manufacturing institute will support smaller businesses in WNY

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Buffalo Billion initiative is helping to bring new manufacturing job opportunities to Western New York.

On Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $45 million will be invested in the Buffalo Niagara Advanced Manufacturing Competitiveness Institute. The state-of-the-art facility will help create economic opportunities and jobs.

Advanced Manufacturing Working Group Chairman Martin Berardi said, “It’s a very important day for us. I think this is exactly what the Western New York region has needed. We need to be able to leverage all the skills of those small- and medium-sized companies.”

Local businesses will be able to partner with the institute, which in turn will provide research and development support to create new manufacturing technology.

“The biggest goal of this is to grow Western New York’s manufacturing base. And I think that all of us can agree that that is what we need to be doing for Western New York,” said Alexander Cartwright, Vice President of Research and Economic Development.

The institute will be operated by EWI, a non-profit engineering services research and development company.

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