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This slide from Rand Precision Machining exhibits the corporate’s development in variety of staff over time.
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Each month I might be speaking with the general public about the entire nice issues happening all through Chautauqua County as they relate to financial growth. This might embody a dialogue about particular initiatives of public curiosity which can be underway or have been accomplished, the place they’re at, and if accomplished, how they’re performing. It might additionally contain a dialogue about initiatives being undertaken at numerous businesses or on the County degree, together with, however not restricted to, the County of Chautauqua Industrial Growth Company, the Chautauqua County Partnership for Financial Progress, Chautauqua County Division of Planning & Growth, Chautauqua County Land Financial institution Company, the Workforce Growth Board, the Chautauqua County Guests Bureau, academic establishments, or at any one of many many businesses whose mission makes them a important companion in financial growth throughout the County.


On Thursday, Sept. 24, the County Government and I (together with members of the CCIDA Group) met with Kurt Grimm, CEO of Rand Machine/Premier Machining, alongside together with his workforce to debate how issues are going on the facility, confirm whether or not they had any wants, and to tour the plant. Rand, which is positioned on Allen Avenue in Falconer, NY, has a gifted, well-seasoned workforce with many years of expertise and a sensible method to troublesome issues in CNC (and traditional) machining, CAD/CAM, Mechanical Design/Engineering, Automated Methods Design, Failure Evaluation for each Software & Die, in addition to Manufacturing Course of Engineering & Growth. A majority of their enterprise is expounded to army purposes, and they’re VERY busy.

Since buying Rand’s belongings within the fall of 2017 with help from the CCIDA, the Rand workforce has reworked the operations from an antiquated and fewer than fascinating place to work, to a state-of-the-art facility, whereas vastly bettering the corporate’s tradition. Over this similar interval, employment at Rand has elevated from 45 to 120 staff, and thousands and thousands of {dollars} have been invested in new gear. We had been all amazed on the variety of machines and the dimensions of their operations. What’s most encouraging is that Rand has been increasing their operations and absolutely expects to proceed to take action. Extra exactly, we’re impressed by the truth that they’re within the strategy of increasing their footprint (with help from the CCIDA and State) to allow them to buy extra refined machines and rent much more folks.

Clearly, Rand is nicely run and has not been negatively affected by the COVID-19 disaster. For those who drive by the power, it’s fairly evident from the quantity and kind of automobiles within the parking zone, Rand is busy and so they pay nicely. And we’re grateful that we (CCIDA) had a component in serving to them to get the place they’re and can proceed to help them as they develop and prosper.

Pictured are among the objects manufactured at Basic Brass.
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On Thursday, Sept. 24, the County Government and I (together with members of the CCIDA Group) met with Chris Creighton, CEO, and his workforce at Basic Brass. Basic Brass is positioned at Stoneman Circle within the Stoneman Industrial Park in Lakewood, the place they produce high-end door and drawer {hardware}, primarily knobs and pulls. The corporate is working with a gifted, however getting old, workforce, and is seeking to rent extra folks as issues are very busy there. Chris Creighton, by means of help from the CCIDA and State, was in a position to take a struggling firm and remodel it into one of many main corporations offering these high-end merchandise on this planet. Their {hardware} adorns the houses of the wealthy and well-known. Basic Brass is knocking it out of the park, and is in search of gifted individuals who wish to work and wish to be a part of a robust workforce making livable wages.


Throughout the peak of the COVID-19 disaster, the CCIDA dedicated to allocating $12,500 to help companies and others in buying private protecting gear (PPE), and obtain technical help because it pertains to what PPE to buy and the way to reconfigure their work house to guard their staff and clients. We then posed a problem to the philanthropic group to match this 50/50 to create a $25,000 pot of grant funding to help companies and different establishments.

The fund allowed candidates to buy private protecting gear (PPE) and different supplies as wanted to adjust to Governor’s office security mandate, together with thermometers, face masks, face shields, tape, limitations, and different implements to facilitate social distancing, and so they had been reimbursed for 50% of those prices as much as a sure restrict. This system additionally offered a advisor (Jamestown Neighborhood School) to assist candidates to determine what they need to do, when it comes to the supply of PPE, the re-design of their office structure, the revision of schedules, and so on., to guard their staff and clients and to adjust to state mandates.

This system was made accessible to companies, not-for-profits, businesses, and mainly any entity that employs folks or receives clients, giant or small, in any sector of the economic system. The fund, which was marketed within the native papers and social media, matched greenback for greenback the expenditures of the enterprise in an quantity not exceeding $1,000.

CCIDA funding was matched with funding obtained from the Gebbie Basis, the Northern Chautauqua Neighborhood Basis, and the Jamestown Rotary Membership, to whom we’re very grateful.

On the conclusion of this system in September, thirty-two candidates obtained funding by means of this program, together with the likes of Fieldbrook Meals, Rand, DFT Communications, Vacation Harbor Marina, Ultrapak, and plenty of others.

The CCIDA feels privileged to have been a part of this vital and modern initiative, and thanks the contributors. We’re additionally grateful to Linda Burns, Enterprise Growth Supervisor for the CCIDA, who managed this system with the help of different CCIDA Employees.

Mark Geise is Deputy County Government for Financial Growth/CCIDA CEO.

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