Western New York manufacturing groups band together

Two Western New York organizations representing small manufacturers have joined forces to create a new trade group.

The Buffalo Niagara Manufacturing Alliance is a joint venture of the National Tooling and Machining Association’s Buffalo Chapter and most members of the Machine Shop Association of Western New York.

The organization now has about 60 members and the goal is to double that figure within three years.

Matt Gehman, president and owner of Metal Locking Service Inc. in Buffalo, and John Goller, president of Arrow Grinding Inc. in the City of Tonawanda, are co-presidents in the organization’s inaugural year.

The initial meeting will be on Jan. 26 at Protocol Restaurant in Amherst.

“The association’s goals are to put the Buffalo-Niagara region back on the map as the place to go for machining and manufacturing needs, to create a large networking pool, and to establish advocacy for our group with local and federal government,” said Crystal Newman, Metal Locking’s marketing manager and spokesperson for the group.

The Machine Shop Association of Western New York was established in 1912. The Buffalo Chapter of the NTMA, which represents the U.S. precision custom manufacturing industry, was formed about 40 years ago.

Date Published: Friday, January 22nd, 2010