Randy Wolken 2015It is no secret that our state and much of the nation is still recovering from a difficult period. However, despite the difficult business climate, manufacturers and businesses are still doing whatever is needed to continue operations, sustain and grow jobs, invest in their facilities, create quality products and contribute to their communities. Why? Because they believe in what they are doing – to include wanting to do business here in New York State. That is what makes what we do here at the Manufacturers Alliance of New York State so gratifying: we work to create a stronger business climate for manufacturers and business who truly want to be here and help our State grow.

The manufacturing and business community recognize that in order for New York State to regain its financial footing, we all need to work together. Albany does not create jobs. However, it can help create a sound business climate that allows manufacturers and businesses to create jobs. These businesses are ready to work with Albany on creating a pro-growth business climate, and despite making some sacrifices, ready to tackle our state’s budget crisis together and get New York State back on track.

I think it is also important to note the importance of the business community and its commitment to work collaboratively with Albany on our path towards economic recovery. Putting aside individual agendas, the manufacturing and business sector want to continue on the path towards change and reform, and work together with Albany to help improve the quality of life in the communities in which they operate and live.

Despite crippling economic times, the Alliance has seen its share of many policy successes over the last few years. Through our partnerships with statewide business groups such as Unshackle Upstate, the Business Council of New York State, the National Federation of Independent Business, the New York State Farm Bureau and many others, we were able to create a strong voice for business, and in doing so, saw many pro-business policies taken up in Albany and passed into Law, including a long term economic development power program, and a corporate franchise tax cut for manufacturers. With our continued growing membership and our collaborative partners, we look forward to working together to achieve even more in the 2014 session and beyond.

To the manufacturers, business and community leaders and elected officials, we welcome you to look through our website, learn more about us and the state’s manufacturing community, and find out how you can join us in our efforts. We look forward to continuing on the path towards progress with each of you. Together we can achieve our collective goal of making this State and Nation a better place to do business and manufacture quality products.


Randy Wolken
Manufacturers Alliance of New York State