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SBB Inc. Capitalizes on Opportunities in Central NY

(Onondaga County)

Sullivan, Basinet, Bongo (SBB) Inc. designs, engineers, manufacturers, and installs components for controlled environments.  SBB’s products are used in a variety of markets that require “clean rooms” or where environmental controls are critical, such as pharmaceutical, biosciences, optics, and semiconductor manufacturing industries.  Although SBB has existed in the Syracuse region since the 1980’s, the company has capitalized on several opportunities in recent years, including the growth of the NY nanotech sector, and is currently in growth mode itself.


Remington Arms Invests in Employees

(Herkimer County)

Remington Arms is a world renowned manufacturer of sporting and military firearms and accessories that operates four plants nationally with one in Ilion, NY.  The Ilion site recently made some significant investments in new computer numeric controlled (CNC) machining equipment to facilitate production.  The new higher tech equipment, however, required an upgrade in skills for the facility’s production workers, who are represented by the United Mine Workers of America Local #717.


General Composites Innovates in Willsboro, NY

(Essex County)

General Composites Inc., located in Willsboro, NY (Essex County) is a manufacturer of high performance composite component parts for medical, recreational and industrial markets. The company was founded in 1987 and became a contract manufacturer and design service business for composite components. General Composites partners with other businesses that manufacture and market various products. A recent example is their partnership with Crawford High Performance Composites, a company that manufactures a new type of wheel, Softwheel, which revolutionized the wheel through the use of in-wheel suspension for wheelchairs and other applications. The Softwheel was featured on the Discovery Channel; General Composites manufactures composite hubs for the Softwheel.



For a complete listing of all latest regional projects click here or select from the regions below. Contact your local WDI Regional Director for any additional information.

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Workforce Support


Changes in Federal Regulations Around Child Care Affect State Costs

The cost of child care has doubled in the last quarter century, making it unaffordable for many working families.  Subsidies to assist with the cost of care can often make the difference between being able to stay in the workforce or even between paying the mortgage or the child care bill.  In 2014, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG), which provides funding to families to offset the cost of child care (including WDI’s Facilitated Enrollment Program) was reauthorized and signed into law.  This federal legislation contains many important and welcome health, safety, and quality initiatives. The new law recognizes the importance of high quality care to child development and also imposes a number of requirements that support continuity of care and increases the safety and quality of New York’s child care for working families and their children. These improvements come at a cost, however, and no additional federal funds were provided to cover those costs. It is estimated that meeting the new regulatory health and safety requirements could cost New York State, conservatively, $90 million.  The result is that New York State may choose to significantly reduce the number of children and families currently receiving these critical subsidies if new funds are not provided to cover the costs associated with the new federal requirements.

WDI considers quality, affordable child care to be an essential workforce support that enables local economies and the businesses located there to be successful. However, the new law without any accompanying support may prove problematic and actually have a negative effect on the numbers of families that have access to child care, and are therefore able to participate in the workforce.  WDI will continue to monitor the effect of the law on NYS families, and advocate for strategic investments – whether federal or state – in child care.  We believe that investments in child care  have a positive, measureable Return on Investment for New York State – both on the working parent and the child.

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Workforce Enrichment


2016 Women Working Calendar Reception

The 2016 Women Working Calendar was unveiled at a ​well-attended event held on December 2nd in Latham, NY. Each of this year's Women have made important contributions to their workplaces, unions and communities. WDI commends these women and all previous year Calendar Women for their leadership​ and example​, inspiring us all. This publication and all previous year calendars (2013-2016) may be viewed on our website.  Feel free to request a copy of the 2016 Women Working Calendar by completing our Contact Form.

A Piece of the Dream

During the weekend of December 11-13, 2015, 250 audience members at the Albany Barn experienced "A Piece of The Dream". This unique interactive multi-media performance aimed to reveal the struggles of the working poor in Albany, New York.  Audience members traveled through several rooms, floors, and art forms to gain various perspectives of daily life directly inspired by stories of low wage workers from the Capital Region.  
“A Piece of the Dream” weaves film, photography, dance, installation art, spoken word, and live performance together to create space for the voices and stories that all too often go unheard as part of our American narrative.  
Inspired by a vision of a more just and equitable society, this piece sought to connect audience members to the struggle of workers, and raise the possibility that another world is possible.   
Click here for a review of the performance.


Working Stories
Working Stories- Essays by Reflective Practitioners

If you have not already received your copy of Working Stories- Essays by Reflective Practitioners, the full book and individual essays can be viewed on the WDI website. To receive a copy of the book by mail, please place a request on the Contact Form found here.

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