Join us at the Business First of Buffalo Manufacturing Awards 5.16.24

May 16, 2024 – Dopkins is honored to co-sponsor the Buffalo Business First Manufacturing Awards on Thursday, May 16th.

Celebrating Western New York Manufacturers

Buffalo Business First Manufacturing Awards 2024

The manufacturing sector runs on the engines of ingenuity and talented employees. Buffalo Business First is pleased to present this year’s winners of the ninth annual Manufacturing Awards. The proud sponsors of these awards are Community Bank, Erie County Industrial Development Agency and Dopkins & Company.


Salvatore’s Grand Ball Room
6461 Transit Road
Depew, NY 14043


Thursday, May 16, 2024


4:00 pm-5:00 pm – Registration, Networking, Food & Beverage

5:00 pm-5:10 pm – Welcome Remarks

5:10 pm – 5:45 pm – Dinner Service (dietary requests honored by advance request by May 6)

5:45 pm – 6:30 pm – Awards Presentation

6:30pm – End of event

For more information or to register, visit the Business First of Buffalo event page. 

Ticket prices and/or sponsorships apply.

Congratulations to the 2024 Manufacturing Award Winners!

Manufacturer of the Year

Graham Corp., Batavia. CEO: Daniel Thoren


Emerging Manufacturer

  • Buffalo Brew Fab, Buffalo. CEO: Brandon Farrell


  • SAMCO Technologies, Buffalo. CEO: Richard Posa
  • Sucro Sourcing, Buffalo. CEO: Don Hill

Family Run

  • R.J. Watson Inc., Alden. CEO: Ronald Watson
  • Seal & Design Inc., Clarence. CEO: Dean Penman

General Excellence

  • Great Lakes Dental Technologies, Tonawanda. CEO: John Ende
  • Metallic Ladder Manufacturing Corp., Randolph. CEO: Patrick Reagan
  • Niagara Power Transformer, Buffalo. CEO: John Darby
  • Nissha Medical Technologies, Buffalo. CEO: Sam Heleba
  • Taylor Devices Inc., North Tonawanda. CEO: Timothy Sopko


  • Nut & Bolt Fastening Solutions, Buffalo. CEO: Kevin Weidinger
  • PM Plastics Inc., Orchard Park. CEO: Benjamin Harp
  • Worksport, West Seneca. CEO: Steven Rossi

Minority-Owned Manufacturing

  • Linita Design & Manufacturing, Lackawanna. CEO: Carlos Vera

Operational Excellence

  • Lactalis American Group Inc., Buffalo. CEO: Jean-Luc Bruandet
  • Retech Systems LLC, Buffalo. CEO: Slawomir Wozniak
  • Safetec of America, Buffalo. CEO: Scott Weinstein
  • Sumitomo Rubber USA, Tonawanda. CEO: Tim Sprunger


  • CleanFiber Inc., Blasdell. CEO: Jonathan Strimling
  • Rigidized Metals Corp., Buffalo. CEO: Rick Smith

Women in Manufacturing

  • Washington Mills, Niagara Falls. CEO: Anne Williams
  • Weber-Knapp Co., Jamestown. CEO: Rhonda Johnson

Workforce Development

  • Erie 1 BOCES Workforce Development, West Seneca. Director: Christa McHale

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