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FAME 5% Pledge – Meet the Companies!

Building the Pipeline for our Regional Advanced Manufacturing Sector


Thank you to the many companies who have taken FAME’s 5% Pledge!  These companies have united in their pledge to expand our workforce and long-term prosperity as business leaders in the community by pledging 5% of their current workforce to the future. That means that for every 100 employees in their organization, they will strive to provide five temporary positions for interns, high school students, and/or the long-term unemployed as a method of exposing them to the manufacturing culture through experience. In turn, these workers will gain valuable skills and experience to guide them as they become the workforce of tomorrow.



Pictured above: Dave Phillips (GW Lisk), Mike Bechtold (OptiPro Systems), Mike Mandina and Ale’ Mendoza (Optimax Systems), and Jeannie Brockmyre (Absolute Precision), initial corporate supporters of the 5% Pledge.


Absolute Precision LLC

Absolute Precision, LLC has machining capabilities ranging from 2 Axis CNC turning centers handling up to 10” diameter, 9 Axis CNC multifunction turning center handling up to 8” diameter, to 3 and 4 Axis CNC vertical machining center.  They have experience machining a wide range of exotic and standard metals and plastic materials.


AccuCoat Inc.

AccuCoat has the ability to provide coatings on a variety of substrate types including polymer optics (acrylic, polycarbonate, polystyrene, and cyclolefin), glass and SPDT metal. They have extensive experience in processing single point diamond turned polymer and metal optics as well as a large range of glass types by Schott, Ohara and others. They can coat small prototype quantities up to large volume production of optics, either polished or molded.


Agape Manufacturing

Agape Manufacturing is a Rochester NY-based small business, whose mission is to effectively utilize the philosophies of high quality, current CNC machining technologies and customer service. Pictured below is Agape Mfg President, Angelo Ramos.

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Applied Image Inc.

Applied Image is a world leader in the design and manufacture of optical imaged components for the electronic, optical, imaging, scanning, bar coding, data collection, image evaluation, and photonic industries world-wide. Their special strength lies in a unique ability to design and manufacture custom imaged components, and standards, specific to the customer’s requirements. Pictured below are 2016 intern Ava Hurlock from the University of Rochester Optics program, Glenn Jackling, President, and recent full-time hire Ricardo Borges from East High School’s Precision Optics program.

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Caldwell Mfg.

Caldwell is a longtime premier supplier of spiral, block and tackle, constant force spring, and hybrid window balances.  Their products are everywhere from homes to schools, office buildings to hotels, even the United Nations Secretariat Building and the Empire State Building in NYC. Pictured below is Eric Mertz, CEO.



CAR Engineering

CAR Engineering and Manufacturing has been a tool and die manufacturer of stamped and precision machined parts in Rochester for over 30 years. They have a variety of contract manufacturing capabilities, such as metal stamping, metal forming, Multi-Slide/four slide wire forming, Precision CNC machining, Electro-Mechanical Stamping and Wire EDM, and work with a variety of materials such as stainless steel, cold rolled steel, aluminum, copper, brass, plastic, and more.


Coach and Equipment

Coach & Equipment Manufacturing Corp. is well known for making the “sturdy workhorse” of the mid-sized bus industry. Their assembly lines use documented, controlled assembly processes, frequently audited by quality technicians and carried out by an experienced group of skilled workers who have been making buses for decades. Coach’s brand new, state-of-the-art, 85,000 square foot facility enables use of the highest quality materials, and fabrication is done with CNC lasers, press breaks, cut-off saws and tube benders that assure precision to a few thousandths of an inch.  Pictured below is Shawn Pollock, HR Manager.



Commodore Solutions

Commodore designs and manufactures extruders, thermoformers, and tooling for the process of expanded polystyrene foam trays. They assist foam producers with improving performance through increased output, cost reduction, optimizing efficiency and minimizing environmental impact. Commodore provides comprehensive services and products, including product design, mold manufacturing, foam extruders and thermoformers.  Pictured below is Brad Braddon, CEO.



Drasgow, Inc.

Drasgow, Inc. is an ISO Certified production machine shop, and uses wind power to generate the majority of the electricity they use for manufacturing.  They produce many original equipment parts used in assemblies for the automotive and truck industry, and precision turned parts for mechanical locking fasteners. Their tool & die area does fixture building, machine repair, rework and secondary operations.  


Evans Chemetics LP

Evans Chemetics manufactures organic divalent sulfur chemicals at its plant in Waterloo, NY.  They are partnered with BRUNO BOCK (as parent company), the worldwide leading producer of Thioglycolic Acid and 3-Mercaptopropionic Acid and their derivitives. Evans Chemetics also manufactures a number of specialty sulfur chemicals, and their products find applications in hair care, cosmetics, food packaging, food additive, pharmaceuticals, polymers, and many other uses. Pictured below are Steven Brusso, Site Manager and Lori Bentley, Human Resources Coordinator.



Faradyne Motors

Faradyne Motors is the premier choice for submersible well pump motors and control boxes in the water well market. They have over 3 million single phase and three phase motors in service worldwide.  Faradyne Motors focuses on integrating superior material design and advanced manufacturing into their company processes to ensure that the highest standards are achieved. Every Faradyne submersible motor is constructed with 304L stainless steel components throughout to provide the ultimate in corrosion resistance and durability. Advanced manufacturing techniques, such as precision laser welding and Helium mass spectrometry, are applied to each motor in the manufacturing process. Pictured below are Juan Lugo, CFO (left) and Dante Volpe, CEO.



Freeze-Dry Foods

Freeze-Dry Foods has been serving their clients with freeze dried food ingredients, packaging, and other specialty products for over 50 years. They are a leading expert in the process of drying and preserving a number of food products, including meats, vegetables, fruits, and more. They are one of the few USDA approved freeze dryers in North America. Pictured below is Matt Beadle, Plant Manager.



Gorbel Inc.

Gorbel is a world class crane, ergonomic lifting, and fall protection manufacturer who not only builds cranes, but has outstanding customer service and follow-up. As an innovator and leader in the enclosed track work station crane industry, Gorbel has over 30 years experience providing overhead handling solutions from 50 lbs to 40 tons to customers in a wide range of industries.  Pictured below is Brenda Barber, Director of HR.



GW Lisk

GW Lisk designs and manufactures fully customized solenoids, valves, sensors, and flame arrestors. They collaborate with customers to produce innovative products rapidly, efficiently, and of the highest quality in the industry. They have a rich history in the industry, and extensive in-house design and testing capabilities, with over 120 full-time engineers on staff. Pictured below are Dave Phillips, Training Manager and Dina Stuck, Director of Human Resources.




HARBEC’s mission is to provide tightly toleranced prototypes, tooling, machined components and quality injection molded parts in a sustainable manner with a social conscience. We provide superior customer service, satisfaction and timely delivery of custom engineered solutions. We proudly foster an atmosphere of encouragement and respect for the health and prosperity of our customers, employees, and the global community. Pictured below are Bob Bechtold, President and Todd Patterson, HR Manager.

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IEC Electronics

IEC Electronics offers a unique set of advanced technical capabilities, from component analysis to functional test development combined with in-house fabrication of critical custom components. They specialize in complex electronics and full system assemblies for life-saving and mission critical products.  Pictured below is Steve Hogan, Corporate Recruiter.



JML Optical Industries

JML Optical is an integrated designer and maker of precision optics serving all industries that use imaging optics including defense, medical and bio-medical diagnostics, life science research, metrology and biometric. Their solutions encompass manufacturing of prototype and production volumes as well as flexible design and delivery options.  Pictured below is Bob Bicksler of JML, President & CEO.

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K&H Precision Products Inc.

K&H Precision helps customers realize all the possibilities that exist within their manufacturing part designs. Sophisticated CAD and CAM software such as SolidWorks and MasterCam enables them to work directly with supplied geometry, or to create it, enabling them to machine directly to the part model accurately and quickly, speeding the product to market. Their skilled designers also have experience with wireframe creation and full detailing for documentation requirements. Pictured below is Colin Hogarth, VP of Manufacturing.

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Liberty Pumps

Headquartered in Bergen, NY, Liberty Pumps is a leading U.S. manufacturer of pumping products for ground water and wastewater removal in residential and commercial applications. With a focus on innovative product design, their wide range of pump styles includes: sump pumps, sewage pumps, effluent pumps, drain pumps, grinder pumps, complete pre-assembled sewage packages, and pump accessories. Utilizing a vast network of Plumbing Wholesalers and Pump Distributors, Liberty’s products are relied on by hundreds of professional contractors each day.



Lumetrics develops and manufactures non-contact optical inspection systems for medical, glass, food packaging, ophthalmic, automotive, and film industries. Their breakthrough precision thickness measurement technology is fast, accurate, flexible, and scalable to most QA laboratories, R&D centers, or production lines. With personalized service, every client benefits from direct collaboration with engineers. Lumetrics provides off-the-shelf products as well as custom metrology solutions specifically built to meet customer needs. Pictured below is John Hart, President.

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Monsees Group

Monsees is a full-service machining solutions provider, specializing in high-complexity projects and mission-critical precision. Located in Rochester, NY, they have built a strong reputation for delivering high quality products, in flexible production volumes, with consistent, on-time delivery. Monsees has extensive expertise in a broad range of machining equipment and processes. Pictured below is Jason Spurling, President.

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New Scale Technologies

New Scale helps customers transform large, expensive, complicated-to-use systems into small, affordable, easy-to-use instruments and devices. Customers use their tiny motion modules to adjust micro optics or mechanical components within their handheld, portable and mobile systems.  The modules have micrometer precision, work on battery power, perform at any orientation and resist shock, vibration and temperature extremes.  With all controls built in, they are the smallest, easiest-to-integrate solution for product designers creating miniaturized systems for a range of markets. Pictured below is Dave Henderson, CEO.



NYMAT Machine Tool Corp.

NYMAT Machine Tool Corporation has been providing machine tool solutions for New York customers since 1981. As a Haas Factory Outlet for the past 20 years, NYMAT has been focused on growing Haas Automation Machining Centers, Turning Centers, Rotary Tables and Indexer products.  In addition to Haas Automation products, NYMAT represents double column machining centers, large box way turning centers, rotary transfer machines, deep hole drilling machines and robotic attended production machines and various brands of tooling and accessories.  For tool rooms and trade schools we offer a complete line of manual milling, turning and grinding machines. Pictured below is Jim McGaffin, Sales Manager for NYMAT and FAME’s Pipeline Committee Chair.



Optimax Systems, Inc.

Optimax builds the optics behind the latest breakthrough technologies in aerospace, defense, and consumer electronics. For small volume, high precision optics, Optimax is set-up to manufacture, test and deliver with the speed and performance your programs require. Pictured below are Mike Mandina (President) and Ale’ Mendoza (HR Administrator).



OptiPro Systems

OptiPro Systems is a global leader in designing and building computer controlled grinding, polishing, and measuring equipment for the precision optics industry. Located in Ontario, NY, they have more than 30 years experience developing and manufacturing precision optical fabrication machines and metrology systems. Pictured below are Mike Bechtold, President and Kyle Wood, Engineering.

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Pactiv LLC

At Pactiv, continuous innovation has secured their place as the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of food packaging and food service products, supplying packers, processors, supermarkets, restaurants, institutions and foodservice outlets across North America. Product lines include custom and stock foam, plastic, aluminum, pressed-paperboard, PE coated board, and molded-fiber packaging.


Parlec Inc.

Parlec was established in 1948 and occupies over 100,000 square feet of manufacturing and distribution space, with four major product lines consisting of more than 8,000 individual products, most of which are manufactured at their facility in Fairport, NY. Pictured below are Manufacturing Supervisor, Ross Edison and Tim Lyness, Assembly Technician.



Ranger Design US, Inc.

Ranger Design provides innovative van racking, van racks, van shelving and storage equipment to revolutionize vehicle utility and the work life of those who depend upon it.  Engineered to be the quietest and toughest shelving systems in the sector, Ranger also has the fastest lead times in the industry. With systems designed to save weight, Ranger Design provides the most competitive payload of any van equipment on the market, while rugged shelving keeps cargo organized and held with ease.


Rochester Precision Optics

Rochester Precision Optics offers complete optical design services from a staff of mechanical engineers, optical engineers, and lens designers. RPO helps market leaders redefine what’s possible — from design through prototype, fabrication and assembly of lens components and systems. Pictured below are Rob Thorpe, Director of Operations and Katie Potter, HR Manager.




RotaDyne is one of the largest manufacturers of rollers, roll coverings, and related products in the world. Complementing its core roller business, RotaDyne has a comprehensive research and development department that is continually bringing new rubber and urethane elastomers to market. Pictured below are Dave Baldwin, President, and Lori Sigismondi, HR Manager, at RotaDyne in Spencerport, NY.

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Spectracom is a manufacturer of hardware GPS clocks and NTP/SNTP servers. Their products synchronize, generate, distribute and measure precision time and frequency signals.  They flexibly combine GPS with position sensing and precise time keeping to offer rugged modules for mobile platforms. Their simulators are easy-to-use, scenario-based instruments that combine a powerful platform with industry-leading value and affordability.  Spectracom Corporation is part of the Orolia Position Navigation and Timing Group.  Pictured below are John Fischer (Chief Technology Officer) and Jennifer Steier (Human Resources Director).



Summit Lubricants

Summit Lubricants is proud to manufacture high quality, reliable wholesale lubricants and greases that satisfy the strict requirements set by their industry. Summit was acquired at the end of 2010 by Quaker Chemical, a leading global provider of process fluids, chemical specialties, and technical expertise to a wide range of industries, including steel, aluminum, automotive, mining, aerospace, tube and pipe, cans, and others. Their state-of-the-art facility supports their efforts and enables them to handle jobs that other companies may be unwilling to accept. They provide a high quality product to customers and manufacture to customer specified attributes.


Sydor Optics

Sydor Optics is the global leader in custom, flat optics fabrication: wafers, windows, filters, mirrors, optical flats, wedges, light pipes & plate beamsplitters. With a strong commitment to innovation and a dedication to a pioneering legacy, Sydor Optics continues to attract the brightest minds and expert engineers to deliver world-class products.  Pictured below are: Brady Hamilton; Alexandra Avery – Quality Assurance; Tim Pavone; Zachary Hussion – Marketing Manager; Brian Podlesh.



Vincent Associates

Vincent Associates is a leader in manufacturing electronic shutter systems. Over the years, Vincent Associates has consistently been able to provide high quality, high performing devices to loyal customers worldwide.  Their UNIBLITZ® line of shutter devices has continuously expanded into a multi-series offering of products with apertures ranging from 2mm – 90mm. Microscopy, medical imaging, CCD, video, and low-level laser switching are among the many applications in which users have benefited greatly due to the successful shuttering solutions delivered by UNIBLITZ® Shutter Systems. Pictured below is Stephen Pasquarella, President.




XACTIV leverages its digital printing experience to enable and enhance the performance of their client’s products. This includes the precision placement, patterning and coating of active liquids and powders and the development of complex electromechanical products for a wide range of industries. Pictured below is Chuck Synborski, Executive VP.

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Zotos Int’l

Zotos is passionate about inspiring stylists around the globe with the most innovative and high-performing products, dynamic education, and exceptional customer service. They offer one of the broadest array of brands in the professional beauty industry. Zotos manufactures hair care, hair color, and hair texture products, including shampoo, conditioner, color, and perm hair care products.


Inspired to make the Pledge? Sign and submit the form below!

  • Strive to hire five temporary workers (interns, high school students, long-term unemployed) for every 100 current employees. If you have 20 or less employees, just hire 1 student or intern!
  • Expose the workers to the manufacturing culture – highlight the high-tech capacity and future opportunities in manufacturing and skills needed to be successful in this industry.
  • Work with FAME, local colleges and high schools to match your organization with qualified candidates for your business.


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