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Manufacturing is Alive and Well in WNY

Manufacturing is alive & well in WNY! Business First of Buffalo celebrates its 9th Annual Manufacturing Awards this month – honoring 25 companies for their contributions to the economic climate of Western New York. Insyte Consulting is proud to have worked with many of the winners. Congratulations everyone!

2023 Honorees Include:

Manufacturer of the Year

  • Alkegen, Tonawanda. CEO: John Dandolph

Family-Run Manufacturer

  • Buffalo Abrasives, North Tonawanda. CEO: Jeffrey Binkley
  • Moley Industries, Lockport. CEO: Katie Hurley
  • Pine Pharmaceuticals, Tonawanda. CEO: Alfonse Muto Sr.
  • VSP Graphic Group, Buffalo. CEO: Trace George

General Excellence

  • Buffalo Games, Buffalo. CEO: Nagendra Raina
  • Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant, Lakewood. Plant manager: Anna Dibble
  • Peerless Hi-Temp Fabrication, Buffalo. CEO: David McKendry


  • Integrity Machining & Fabrication LLC, Lockport. CEO: Justin Reynolds
  • Red Disk Studios, Buffalo. CEO: Traci Ackerman
  • Starco Lighting Inc., Buffalo. CEO: Muk Musleh
  • T&T Legacy Metals LLC, Grand Island. CEO: Jim Terhune

Minority Owned Manufacturer

  • Bri Made It, Buffalo. CEO: Briana Ferguson

Operational Excellence

  • A&B Heritage Inc./ASI Signage Innovations, Grand Island. CEO: Bethany Bernatovicz
  • Chapin International Inc., Batavia. CEO: James Campbell
  • Gear Motions – Buffalo Operations, Tonawanda. CEO: Dean Burrows
  • HP Hood LLC, Batavia. CEO: Gary Kaneb


  • Viridi Parente, Buffalo. CEO: Jon Williams

Women in Manufacturing

  • Austin Air Systems, Buffalo. CEO: Lauren McMillan
  • Munschauer Inc. Buffalo. CEO: Grace Munschauer
  • Papercraft Miracles LLC, Buffalo. CEO: Janna Willoughby-Lohr
  • Stanley Steel Service Corp., Buffalo. CEO: Mary Louise Stanley

Workforce Development

  • Goodwill of Western New York, Buffalo. CEO: Thomas Ulbrich
  • People Inc. Contract Manufacturing, Depew. CEO: Rhonda Frederick
  • VIA Visually Impaired Advancement, Buffalo. CEO: Tammy Owen

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