The Greater Rochester, NY region has world-class advanced manufacturing & testing capability.
Leading Advanced Manufacturers in Rochester, NY
World-Class Advanced Manufacturing Capability
This region has a large, high-end manufacturing business base and a highly-skilled workforce to support a wide range of manufacturing applications. We’re strategically located within 500 miles of 1/3 of the U.S. and Canadian population. This puts us close to major markets without the major market costs of doing business.
In addition to a low-cost operating environment, we have a strong regional competency in the areas of radio-frequency identification (RFID), sustainable packaging, drone technology, software development, and data analytics that can help forward thinking companies develop the “marketplace of the future” and new manufacturing practices necessary to compete in the global economy.
Key Facts About Manufacturing in Rochester, NY
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There are more than 1,500 manufacturers in the Greater Rochester, NY region, employing more than 60,000 people. This sector represents 12% of the local workforce. Greater Rochester’s manufacturing base is primarily in high tech precision sectors, with its largest employment sectors being computer & electronic products (10,018), machinery (9,770), fabricated metal products (8,093), plastic and rubber products (5,348), chemical (3,422), printing equipment (2,361), and transportation equipment (1,878). An additional significant force in the region’s manufacturing base comes from the food and beverage sectors. In food manufacturing, 6,614 workers are employed regionally with an additional 2,349 working in beverage manufacturing.
(Source: NYS Department of Labor)
Leading Precision Manufacturing Employers
World-class talent at competitive rates below the national average.
|Position||Rochester Annual Mean Wage||National Annual Mean Wage||Rochester Advantage|
|Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders||$39,430||$43,900||10.2%|
|Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Operators||$42,810||$46,240||7.4%|
|Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Programmers||$55,290||$62,360||11.3%|
|Electro-Mechanical and Mechatronics Technologists and Technicians||$62,390||$63,880||2.3%|
|Engineering Technologists and Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other||$53,280||$68,290||22.0%|
|Industrial Machinery Mechanics||$57,020||$58,780||3.0%|
|Machine Feeders and Offbearers||$33,180||$36,660||9.5%|
|Miscellaneous Assemblers and Fabricators||$36,100||$37,780||4.4%|
Commercial Real Estate
Opportunities for growth await businesses of all sizes in the Greater Rochester region’s highly competitive commercial real estate market. Take advantage of low lease rates, a diverse range of sites, and the region’s advanced infrastructure.
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From drone research to advanced communications, optronics, and image sciences, this region is divining cutting-edge future technologies.
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We keep and maintain and are investing specifically in Rochester because that is where the talent is. We don’t succeed without the right talent.
Vice President and General Manager, Corning Advanced Optics
Rochester has the manufacturing capability, testing capability, and intellectual horsepower.
Past Chairman, NY BEST
Rochester has a deep talent pool around all of the things that we need to do to commercialize advanced materials for the energy economy.
Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Ionomr
The decision to expand locally was a relatively easy one for CooperVision. The Rochester area has provided so many of the elements necessary for a successful operation.
This region has some of the top universities in the Northeast as well as community colleges and business support from the local and state leadership levels to achieve any amount of growth the business would need.
Vice President, Operations, Communications Systems / L3Harris Technologies
Rochester is home to some of the finest optics companies in the nation, almost all of which OptiPro does business with.
We have a long history of people skilled in aerospace technology and precision optical assembly. We take advantage of the industrial base in the Rochester area. We also take advantage of the skill sets developed by our local technical institutions like MCC, RIT, or the University of Rochester.”
Cryogenic Optical Test Director for James Webb Space Telescope, L3 Harris
We have inherited an exceptional quality of life thanks to an impressive cluster of cultural organizations, unparalleled natural resources, and a resilient and welcoming spirit of community.
President, Rochester Insititute of Technology
Once people get here and their families get used to short commute times, low home prices, the fact we have all kinds of recreational sporting activities, the quality of schools, they don’t want to leave.
CEO and Chairman, Sweetwater Energy
Rochester has provided ID Signsystems with the ability to grow and develop by tapping into the region’s large pool of design-focused talent, technicians, engineers and sign makers.
President, ID Signsystems
Our network of local universities, colleges, and optics companies has created a workforce pipeline that is unmatched anywhere in the United States.
GRE’s direction and guidance proved to be well worth our investment. Their passion to make the business environment in the Rochester area greater is very apparent.
There is unlimited, untapped technical talent in the area and I hope we start a wave of other companies moving to Rochester.
Rochester has a long history of being a hub for telecommunications. There is a rich ecosystem of talent and services to support business growth.
Founder and CEO, Wire3
Rochester is the perfect size city to get business done. I’m always one connection away from anything I’m looking for.
President, Kink BMX
The work we’ve done and the momentum we’ve generated as a business has been possible in large part because of the talent, knowledge and industriousness of our people in Rochester, NY.
CEO, Brand Networks
We have access to talent graduating from our businesses and technical institutions capable of perpetuating our success for years to come.
President & CEO, Simcona Electronics
The Rochester region provided convenient access to both railroads and major highways, as well as proximity to Barilla’s customer base in the Northeast.
Vice President of Supply Chain, Barilla America
Rochester has an excellent pool of qualified professionals with the right work ethic.
Health Services President and General Manager, Maximus
The country is starting to recognize Rochester as a technical city outside of just software. We have optics and manufacturing that’s exceeding most of the baselines around the country.
Rochester has the resources optics companies need to transform their concepts into reality.
Dr. Duncan T. Moore
Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship and Professor of Optical Engineering
Rochester has a great base of intellectual capital in the science and technology fields at local businesses and universities.
Daniel J. Burns
Regional President, M&T Bank Corporation
We’ve developed vaccines to prevent cervical cancer right here in Rochester.
Vice President and COO, University of Rochester Medical Center
Among many great options, none could match Rochester in terms of talent, local supplier networks, and opportunities to partner with top-tier research institutions.
CEO, Plug Power