Manufacturing Council

This committee is comprised of Board members and members from the industrial, manufacturing, trades industry. The council will meet on a regular basis to direct action that will improve the business climate, develop strategic partnerships with each other to help improve the movement of goods and services into and out of the county. The goal of the committee will be to develop and improve a range of services for existing manufacturers, assisting expansion, and generally improving the business climate in Allegany County. The Council may have many members, but will also have an oversight committee that meets on a regular basis and will inform all council members of any action items.


Manufacturing Council Members ~ Brian Loucks, Gretchen Hanchett, Joe W. Hart/Lufkin, John Foels/Development @ Allegany Co, John Mulryan/Lufkin, Jon Nickerson, Karen Comstock/DR-HR, Lisa Lee/LW, Mark Brophy/Alstom, Stephen Martinelli/AS, Michael Zakel/Alstom, Michele Lichy/WIB, Ralph Naples, Reita Sobeck-Lynch, Roger Mitchell/Friendship Dairies, David Scarr/WLS Dresser-Rand, Steve Sentz/Cuba Specialty, Thomas Hennessy/Alstom, Tom Shoup/Lufkin


Manufacturing Council Strategic Plan


Address challenges facing the local industrial and manufacturing community, which might include new legislation, business, job creation, safety issues and others. Address issues relating to improving competitiveness of industrial businesses, including workforce, supply chain and cost of doing business. Provide input to the educational institutions of the training needs for industry. Work with government agencies focused on introducing innovation to the marketplace via incentive programs.


Alfred Students Welcome the Manufacturing Council                                                  Alfred Students talk with David Scarr Dresser-Rand     



    AS Student shows Gregg Muscato ALSTOM POWER Inc Air Preheater Co

Provide resources and developmental opportunities that meet the unique challenges of manufacturing. Enable council members to successfully manage and provide services for their customers.

  • Build a membership network to share information and best practices.
  • Promote benchmarking opportunities applicable to manufacturing.
  • Grow the council through creating and delivering value to the council members.


Objective 1: Put processes and tools in place to capture and share knowledge.


  • Best Practices.
  • Web Presentations.
  • Whitepapers / case studies.
  • Research
  •  Small Benchmarks
  •  Complete Benchmarking studies
  • Tool Kit – Scopes of Work and Job Descriptions.
  • Recommended reading and resources.
  •  Informal Roundtables
  •  Human resources
  •  CEO roundtable
  •   Manufacturing Executives Roundtable
  •  Networking
  •  Assistance with Permitting
  •  Student education
  •  Community Education


Objective 2: Promote benchmarking opportunities applicable to manufacturing.



  • Annual benchmarking surveys
  • Provide tools to do benchmarking of best practices.


Objective 3: Enhance and improve council communications by anticipating and prioritizing the resources required to enhance effective delivery of products and services.




  • Survey Manufacturing Council membership periodically for preferred means of communications.
  • Determine sources and frequency of programs and communications:
  • Create Website
  • Populate web site for use by all members:
  • White papers (charge non-Manufacturing Council members to contribute).
  • Scopes of work.
  • Member benefits.
  • Email blasts.
  • Live Virtual Meetings: Webinars, Roundtables, regularly
  • Networking / Social Activities: On the website (on line)
  • Tours
  • Master Calendar of Events, including non-manufacturing council events.
  • Linkage to other resources.
  • Develop services advertising plan for Manufacturing Council
  • Promote Manufacturing Online Community to leverage membership knowledge.


Objective 4: Advance the council through retention and growth in membership, volunteer, sponsors, awareness, and strategic planning, to achieve average 10% annual membership increase.



  • Retain current members
  • Contact inactive members and invite for specific events
  •  Demonstrate the Value of Membership
  • Top 4 benefits of membership (for the individual member)
  • Create Council Brochure
  • Determine and communicate the WIIFM factor (what’s in it for me)
  • Grow membership
  • Solicit new member participation on board, committees, in events
  • Provide new member with list of council resources, networking opportunities, meeting times, education opportunities, etc.
  • Invitation for committee and/or board involvement
  • Target non-council manufacturing members
  • Target international members
  • Develop membership retention and growth advertising plan for Manufacturing Council


Objective 5: Assure Ongoing Board Development and Succession Planning


Board development

Election process shall be consistent with Chamber and Manufacturing Council Bylaws

Per Council Bylaws terms shall not exceed two consecutive years

Encourage individuals to go through the leadership track of secretary, treasurer, vice president

Board members should be committed to attend all meetings

Current and future board members should actively participate in Council events

Succession planning

All board positions are by election and previous board experience is not required

A roles, responsibilities and objectives document will be developed for all board positions

Prospective board candidate will be identified six months in advance of the opening

The board attributes should guide the talent search process

The incumbent should mentor interested candidates within the six month period

Periodic assessment reviews will be conducted and reported to the current board

Each board chair should develop a committee as well as a person who is an alternate and a presumed next chair

The Immediate Past President will chair the board development and nominating committee.

Grow volunteer base

Identify volunteer’s positions, roles and responsibilities

Form subcommittees

Contact those that have expressed interest in volunteering

·         Subcommittees

  • Develop processes and expectations
  • Define roles and responsibilities
  • Define budget requirements


Objective 6: Self Finance Delivery of Existing and New Products and Services



  •  Contribute to reserves when membership is level or increases.
  •  Continue the annual sponsorship program with special benefits.
  • Identify special sponsorship opportunities for council events, publications and web postings of announcements of sponsors’ new products and services

Areas of Focus:

  • Employment and Labor
  •  Labor policy for manufacturers
  •  Workforce development
  • Employment Policy
  • New employee orientation
  • Supervisory training
  • Energy and climate
  •  Regulation
  • Domestic Energy
  • Clean Energy
  • Health Care
  • Health care reform impact on manufacturing
  • Employee wellness programs
  • Infrastructure
  •  Transportation and supply chain
  • Legal and regulatory
  •  Consumer product safety
  • Regulatory policy
  • Legal policy
  • Tax and Corporate Finance
  • Tax issue and impact
  • Corporate finance and management
  • Technology
  •  Information security
  • Broadband and internet access
  • Intellectual property rights
  •  Bilateral trade
  • Trade Regulation
  • Customs and border policy
  • Export controls




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