Trade Promotion Authority
Manufacturers in the United States need Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to open new overseas markets, level the playing field and secure better access to the 95 percent of the world's consumers
who live outside our borders.
TPA is a partnership between Congress and the President that facilitates development and approval of trade agreements. It ensures congressional input on trade negotiations and increases Congress's power to shape and influence deals. Every president since Franklin Roosevelt has had trade negotiating authority.
Trade agreements negotiated under TPA are delivering for manufacturers and workers. The United State enjoys a $55 billion manufacturing trade surplus with its 20 existing trade agreement partners. Those countries purchase nearly half of all U.S. manufactured goods exports.
TPA is essential to promote jobs and economic growth. The NAM is calling on Congress and the Administration to quickly introduce and pass bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority legislation, which was last renewed in 2002 and expired in 2007.
TRUCK-LITE ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF RIGID INDUSTRIES
By Mitchell Wilston, Truck-Lite
Falconer, NY-based Truck-Lite Co., LLC, a worldwide leader in LED lighting innovations, today announced the acquisition of LED lighting manufacturer, Rigid Industries of Phoenix, AZ. With this acquisition, Truck-Lite continues to expand its offering of the industry's most diverse lighting product lines, with options for nearly every lighting need.
According to Brian Kupchella, CEO of Truck-Lite, "Rigid Industries provides an ideal platform for Truck-Lite's further expansion into the off road, power sport, agricultural, marine, industrial, and mining markets. It positions Rigid to grow as a major player in the LED lighting industry while maintaining its own distinct brand identity. Rigid has proven themselves a unique and successful company with superior quality, innovation, and a high level of customer interaction."
Jason Christiansen, CEO of Rigid Industries, said, "We’re excited to join the Truck-Lite team. We look forward to partnering and combining our industry experience, and will continue to deliver the same high quality products that have made Rigid the industry name it is today. Our two companies are a perfect fit as we both focus on long lasting products, state of the art technology, and a commitment to world class customer service.”
Both Truck-Lite and Rigid Industries take pride that their products are designed, engineered, or manufactured in the USA. In 2013, Rigid added a second facility in Gilbert, AZ and now employs over 250 associates. Total employment for the two companies is over 2,400. With customers already in 40 countries, both Truck-Lite and Rigid Industries look to expand their presence in the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand in 2015.
Truck-Lite Co., LLC is headquartered in Falconer, New York, with additional U.S. manufacturing facilities in Wellsboro, Coudersport, and McElhattan, Pennsylvania and Saline, Michigan. International facilities are located in Harlow and Birmingham England; Puebla, Mexico; and Eisenach, Germany. Truck-Lite is a major producer of safety lighting, forward lighting, wiring harnesses, mirrors, turn signal switches, and safety accessories to the heavy-duty truck, trailer, and commercial vehicle industries. To learn more about Truck-Lite, visit their website: http://www.truck-lite.com
About Rigid Industries
Due to its unparalleled patented optics and torture-tested housings, Rigid Industries is a world leader in forward-projecting LED lighting, and has twice been listed in Inc Magazine as one of the top ten fastest growing manufacturing companies in the US. Rigid LED lighting products are used in agriculture, construction, police, fire, rescue, industrial, marine, military, mining, off-road and power sports. Known for its rugged, durable products, and backed by a world-renowned warranty program, Rigid Industries is committed to providing innovative technologies, and guarantees a quality product designed, engineered and assembled in the US. To learn more about Rigid Industries, visit their website: http://www.rigidindustries.com/
The Right Technology Makes all the Difference
By Justin Hanft, Dream It Do It Coordinator
Dream It Do It Western New York is on a mission to increase the skilled workforce pipeline that is entering careers in manufacturing. We inspire our region’s next generation workforce to consider careers in advanced manufacturing. We are working hard to spread the word about what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t — eliminating many of the misconceptions that surround today's manufacturing environment.
Today’s students live fully in a digital, high tech world and capturing their attention requires us to engage in their world. The Student Drone Video Project is the kind of project that will turn their heads and turn them on to the amazing advances in technology that manufacturing careers offer.
Your funding of the Student Drone Video Project will help us use the Drone & Video Camera for multiple purposes at major Dream It Do It events in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties. Since 2012, Dream It Do It has reached over 23,000 students with its message about excellent careers in advanced manufacturing. With the addition of this equipment, we believe Dream It Do It Western New York will be able to reach many more students and inspire them to look at these in demand careers that drive our region.
The Drone will be used at major events and will act as a Technology demonstration, by highlighting the capabilities of GPS Technology, Wi-Fi proficiency, along with the 3-axis gimbal motor supporting a 1080p video camera. Students will begin to see how the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) disciplines are evolving in the 21st century, inspiring them to reach higher and go further in their education; their imagination is the only lid on how far they can go.
Additionally, the video capabilities will be used at each event throughout our region to market and spread the word of the Dream It Do It Western New York mission. Just as Kick Starter projects are much more successful when they are paired with a video, the message of Dream It Do It will be spread farther, with a much larger impact, with the addition of video production at our large events. Our large Dream It Do It events consist of: County wide technology & STEM Competitions, Career and Vendor Fairs, Manufacturing Tours, Summer STEM Camps any many more! All of these Dream It Do It events will be captured on video and displayed on the home website (www.didiwny.com), and shared on social media pages.
Make a PLEDGE TODAY and we will be able to make a bigger impact on the Southern Tier Region, connecting the future generation with high paying manufacturing careers and opportunities.
Legislative Changes Create End To Employee Benefits For Some Self-Funded Manufacturers'. Are You Affected?
by Andy Pascarella, Lawley Benefits Group
Due to consequences of the Affordable Care Act, effective on January 1st, 2016, experience-rated and self-funded manufacturers will be forced back into the small group community-rated pooled insurance rates for their employee benefits.
As of today, for self-funded companies between 51 and 100 employees, the law states that they can no longer purchase stop-loss insurance. New York Assemblyman Senator Kevin A. Cahill has introduced pending legislation to propose changes to the Workers’ Compensation Fee Schedule and allow the re-introduction of stop-loss insurance to be purchased.
While there is no idea when this bill will be voted upon, if something does not change before 2016, companies should begin determining the financial consequences of these changes, which could trigger significant premium rate fluctuations.
What is the difference?
Community Rating – In a community rated pool, insurers calculate the cost of health insurance premiums based on the insurer’s community demographics and claims experience without adjusting for the group’s age, gender, family composition or claims experience.
Experience Rating – In an experience rated pool, insurers calculate the cost of health insurance premiums for an employer based on several factors including demographics, SIC code and past claims experience. With experience rating, the insurer calculates the group’s insurance based on its own – not the overall community’s – claims experience.
Experience-rated companies with these favorable demographics: a lower average age of employees, a close to a median ratio of male to female employees, favorable SIC codes and good claims experience could be significantly impacted by having to move back into a community-rated insurance pool.
What Are The Next Steps?
Speak with your health insurance broker to determine how this change will affect your organization. The impact will not only be financial, but would affect your employee's health benefits levels through potential increased co-pays, deductibles and prescription (Rx) drug costs.
If your company is self-funded, it a game of wait and see until 2016, but we recommend being prepared to understand all of the ramifications and options you have with these changes.
To talk with one of our health insurance benefits consultants, contact us at lawleyinsurance.com or Employee Benefits Consultant Andy Pascarella at 849.1578 to discuss how this may affect you.
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Dream It Do It wants to help with your workforce challenges. Please contact us to discuss how Dream It Do It can help. Phone: 716-484-1101
New MAST Member: Allied Industrial Sales Inc.
Allen Industrial Sales Inc. located in Falconer, NY is the authorized reseller of MakerBot 3D Printers. The father and son duo of Jerry & Steve Myers have over 60 years of combined local experince in the manufacturing industry.
Allen Industrial Sales, Inc. was established as a corporation in 2006. DevelopWorkz is a division of Allen Industrial Sales, Inc. Specializing in Rapid Prototype services/Product Development Allen Industrial Sales and DevelopWorkz have recently moved into a new location at 35 Anderson Avenue in Falconer, NY.
Their Services include:
Custom carbon fiber components, SolidWorks CAD, 3D printing (plastics and metals), laser cutting, CNC machining, stampings and weldments.
Materials include: ABS, polycarbonate, Ultem, Titanium, Aluminum, Stainless Steel
Give Steve Myers a call today at 716-581-0321