LIFT – Long Island Forum for Technology

Inception: 1976
Manufacturers: 250+ (259)
Employees/Jobs: 72,000
Number of Counties: 2

Founded in 1976, the Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) is a not-for-profit economic development organization with an industry driven structure. It represents almost 260 manufacturers and 72,000 employees in Nassau and Suffolk counties. LIFT provides these Long Island businesses with networking opportunities, access to enabling technologies, hands-on assistance and a wide range of other programs. The Forum’s long-term goals include strengthening Long Island’s future by lowering its member companies’ cost of operations and creating an environment for innovation and growth. LIFT supports many parts of the Long Island economy, including defense, aerospace, healthcare, homeland security, energy, information technology and manufacturing. The not-for-profit also partners with local companies, organizations, universities and the National Laboratory Systems.


Inception: 1913
Manufacturers: 330+
Employees/Jobs: 55,000+
Number of Counties: 42 (by Julia’s count), 19 (number commonly cited in materials)

The Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY) is a not-for-profit 501(c)6 association representing almost 350 businesses and organizations across Upstate New York. As an association of manufacturers, about three-quarters of MACNY’s members are industrial companies. MACNY members employ approximately 55,000 workers in 42 counties. The Association is governed by an experienced Board of Directors and supported by a staff of 13. MACNY’s staff provides a wide range of services, including training, networking events, human resource services, advocacy and purchasing solutions. This suite of services is designed to provide members with the tools, information, people and resources they need to compete in the global market.

BNMA LOGO 10-26-10BNMA – Buffalo Niagara Manufacturing Alliance

Inception: 1940s
Manufacturers: 100+
Number of Counties: 5

The Buffalo Niagara Manufacturing Alliance (BNMA) is the largest non-profit organization representing manufacturers in the Buffalo Niagara region. The organization has evolved into a modern progressive manufacturing association since its founding in the 1940s. The Alliance’s mission is to facilitate the growth of its more than 100 member companies while helping Western New York thrive. BNMA’s initiatives include creating community among its members and using its collective strength to influence local policymakers. The Alliance also utilizes the power of its size to provide more competitively priced resources for its members and to market the skills and capacity of Western New York’s companies to the rest of the region.

COI LogoThe Council of Industry

Inception: 1910
Manufacturers: 160+
Employees/Jobs: 15,000
Number of Counties: 9

Founded in 1910, the Council of Industry (CI) is the manufacturers association of the Hudson Valley. A privately funded not-for-profit organization, the mission of the Council of Industry is to promote the success of its member firms and their employees and, through them, to contribute to the success of the Hudson Valley Community. To fulfill this mission, the Council provides training and educational opportunities, discounts on products and services, professional networks, public affairs and advocacy services, annual surveys of wage, salary and benefit practices as well as up-to-date industry information. CI currently represents more than 160 member companies and 15,000 employees across nine counties.

CEN LogoCEN – The Chief Executives Network for Manufacturing

Inception: 1987
Manufacturers: 75+
Employees/Jobs: 5,000
Number of Counties: 11

The Chief Executives Network for Manufacturing (CEN) is a not-for-profit member organization comprised of executive officers of small and medium-sized manufacturing businesses located in eleven counties in and around the Capital Region. Since its inception in 1987, CEN has focused on providing a high quality forum for its members to discuss common issues, share knowledge, and develop best practices by drawing on the collective expertise of its membership. CEN’s mission is to help provide the opportunities, information, resources and knowledge that will assist members in enhancing revenue and increasing employee productivity. CEN’s 75+ manufacturers employ more than 5,000 men and women in 11 counties.

MAST LogoMAST – Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

Inception: 1940s
Manufacturers: 100+
Employees/Jobs: 20,000
Number of Counties: 3 – Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua

The Manufacturing Association of the Southern Tier (MAST) is a pro-active business leader, committed to enhancing the economic strength of the region and promoting manufacturing excellence. MAST is a privately funded, membership driven organization, committed to assuring the best possible business environment for manufacturing to prosper.

MAST advocates for manufacturers on a number of issues, including workforce development, workers compensation, health care cost containment and tax relief. MAST represents the interests of industry in the Southern Tier, a region that includes over 450 manufacturers. Manufacturers represent approximately 19% of the regional workforce and are the backbone of the regional economy. MAST advocates for these manufacturers and develops programs and services to meet their needs. MAST prides its self on tackling the issues that concern manufacturers the most, including workforce development and healthcare costs.

PrintRTMA – Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Association

The Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Association (RTMA) is regarded as one of the most technologically advanced and diverse clusters of contract machining and manufacturing associations in the United States.