Empire State Development Announces Expansion of TruForm Manufacturing
Empire State Development (ESD) announced the expansion of Rochester Chamber member TruForm Manufacturing in Rochester. The company installed new production equipment to service its medical customers. State support for the project required the creation of 18 new full-time jobs by 2017, a provision that has already been exceeded. The sheet metal component maker has already hired 21 new employees due to the expansion, 40 jobs at the manufacturing facility were retained.
Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Supporting the growth of downtown businesses is a key pillar of the Finger Lakes Forward economic development plan. For nearly 25 years, TruForm Manufacturing has invested in Rochester and we’re confident that their expansion will bring continued success.”
TruForm Manufacturing offers products for a variety of industries including medical, transportation, government and office equipment among others. TruForm handles a total range of capabilities within the precision sheet metal industry from the design phase through production manufacturing. The company specializes in producing low- to mid-volume, low- to medium complexity products involving precision machining, sheet metal fabrications, weldments, enclosures, and mechanical assemblies for its clients.
TruForm Manufacturing President Tyrone Reaves said, “TruForm is very proud to be a part of the City of Rochester’s business community. As a Rochester native, I am excited about the future growth and success of TruForm Manufacturing, The City of Rochester, The County of Monroe, The Finger Lakes Region and The State of New York. I want to thank Empire State Development, Governor Cuomo and all our State and local leaders for recognizing and contributing to our future growth.”
To facilitate the company’s expansion, ESD offered up to $350,000 through the Excelsior Jobs Program in exchange for job commitments. The total cost of the project was $500,000.
In 2015, Mr. Reaves created the Young Adult Manufacturing Training Employment Program (YAMTEP). The YAMTEP initiative is aimed at providing the chronically unemployed and unskilled with the training needed to secure a job. YAMTEP accepts participants ranging in age from 19 to 60 years old. The program does not require a high school diploma or equivalent and has partnered with over 20 local employers who interview students once they have completed the program. So far, 84 students have graduated from the program, 68 have secured jobs, including nine at TruForm Manufacturing.
Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chairs, Monroe Community College President Anne Kress and Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy said, “Fighting poverty and providing employment opportunities for everyone in the region are top priorities of the Finger Lakes Forward economic development plan. The FLREDC is pleased to support City of Rochester businesses like TruForm Manufacturing which is truly playing a key role in strengthening the regional economy.”
State Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle said, “TruForm’s expansion marks yet another significant boost for the Rochester economy and further evidence that the manufacturing resurgence in our community is real. In addition to stimulating local job growth and strengthening our economy, I am especially pleased with the growth of their Young Adult Manufacturing Training Employment Program which provides those in need with the training and skills necessary to obtain a job and become self-sufficient. I am grateful to Governor Cuomo and Empire State Development for their continued dedication to investing in the future success of our region.”
State Senator Joe Robach said, "Across the City of Rochester and Monroe County, it is critically important for our business community to have local companies succeeding and growing; today’s announcement of the expansion of TruForm Manufacturing is another great example of business success. By adding new jobs and investing in our workforce with the Young Adult Manufacturing Training Employment Program, TruForm is investing in the future of our community."
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said, “Truform Manufacturing is more than just an employer. Tyrone Reaves is a true community partner who helps Rochester’s citizens move from poverty to self-sufficiency by providing them with job training and jobs through the YAMTEP program. This investment by Gov. Cuomo is a testament to Truform’s success and corporate citizenship and I look forward to working with Tyrone to build on all the progress he has made in helping our residents access jobs, safe and vibrant neighborhoods and quality educational opportunities.”
Monroe county Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said, "We appreciate TruForm Manufacturing's continued faith and investment in Downtown Rochester, which will grow jobs and opportunity in the heart of our community for years to come. On behalf of a grateful community, I thank TruForm for supporting local jobs and helping to show that Monroe County is open for business."