Advanced Manufacturing

The Greater Rochester, NY region has world-class advanced manufacturing & testing capability.

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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.

PositionRochester Annual Mean WageNational Annual Mean WageRochester Advantage
Calibration Technologists and Technicians and Engineering Technologists and Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other$56,610$67,64016.3%
Chemical Engineers$87,050$114,82024.2%
Chemists$76,590$86,41011.4%
Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders$35,800$42,14015.0%
Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Operators
$37,010$44,30016.5%
Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Programmers$52,490$61,01014.0%
Electrical Engineers$99,830$105,9905.8%
Electro-Mechanical and Mechatronics Technologists and Technicians$60,320$62,8003.9%
Industrial Engineers$88,470$93,6105.5%
Industrial Machinery Mechanics$54,540$57,3504.9%
Machine Feeders and Offbearers$31,160$34,4709.6%
Machinists$44,950$47,8006.0%
Mechanical Engineers$86,460$95,5609.5%
Miscellaneous Assemblers and Fabricators$34,130$35,9805.1%
Production Workers, All Other$29,730$35,62016.5%
Technical Writers$60,580$78,59022.9%
Source: Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2020; Bureau of Labor Statistics

Commercial Real Estate

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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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