Jamestown BPU Participates in Manufacturing Day Celebration at Chautauqua Lake HS

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Ellen Ditonto; Chris Lanski, President of Excelco/Newbrook and MAST board member; Dale Gier (speaking), Owner, DRG Consulting & President of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier (MAST).
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Jamestown Board of Public Utilities

Federal, state and local officials joined Chautauqua Lake High School (CLHS) students and staff in celebrating Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 6, at the school’s Baker Stuart Manufacturing Complex.

Jamestown Board of Public Utilities (BPU) Business Development Coordinator Ellen Ditonto spoke briefly about the Retool WNY initiative and the on-going efforts to market the region to new supply-chain manufacturers. She further described the Retool WNY effort to assist existing companies with transforming their production lines to take advantage of emerging opportunities in clean tech/climate tech manufacturing.

Both CLHS Principal Rachel Curtin and faculty member Adam Gollwitzer credited their participation in the two Retool conferences as influential in their efforts to collaborate with the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to develop a new course on Environmental Sustainability in Manufacturing. The new course is part of the curriculum in the high school’s state-of-the-art manufacturing lab.

The Manufacturing Day celebration included demonstrations of equipment and production processes by students. The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier (MAST) and Dream It, Do It WNY sponsored the event.