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East/West Industries Celebrates and Commemorates Opening of New Facility with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

RONKONKOMA, N.Y., June 22, 2017 – East/West Industries recently commemorated its move to a spacious new facility during a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by employees, vendors, customers and local VIPs.

Founded on Long Island in 1968, the company designs and manufactures aircraft seats and other products critical to crew safety and survival. The move, which was necessary to accommodate growing demand for East/West’s products, increased office and manufacturing areas by 75 percent – from 30,000 square feet to approximately 50,000 square feet. The company is also actively hiring and plans to expand its 75-person workforce by 40 percent over the next three years. In addition to a dedicated production line for each individual seat program, the new facility features a 3-D printing lab, high-speed machining and other innovations that will reduce product development and production time.

“We want to recognize and thank everyone who made this new facility possible, and everyone who shares our commitment to saving aircrew lives,” said company President Teresa Ferarro. “For nearly 50 years, everything we’ve done has been built on a foundation of hard work, integrity, and a very personal commitment to doing the right thing for the aerospace customers we serve.”

Ferraro specifically expressed appreciation to Angie Carpenter, Islip Town Supervisor, and Bill Mannix, Executive Director, Town of Islip Industrial Development Agency. “We are committed to staying and growing right here on Long Island,” Ferarro said. “Your support has been invaluable in helping us continue our commitment to this community.”

“This administration has a responsibility to foster a business-friendly environment that retains and creates local jobs,” Carpenter said. “I am proud that our IDA was able to work with East/West Industries to keep their business in Islip, and help keep Islip prospering for all our businesses and our residents.”

“Like most of our aerospace companies, East/West Industries was courted by many other states, but chose to remain on Long Island, where the company was founded in 1968,” said Mannix. “We are grateful that they stayed, and are glad that our IDA tax incentives played a role in that decision.”

Original equipment manufacturers like Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Sikorsky to name a few, install East/West seats and other products on the aircraft they manufacture, including some of the newest commercial and military platforms under development.

About East/West Industries

East/West Industries, Inc. a woman-owned, small business located in Ronkonkoma, New York (on Long Island), and a recognized leader in the design and manufacture of lifesaving equipment, is celebrating 49 years of saving lives.

Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter Addresses Islip’s 7th Annual CEO Summit

Islip, NY –– Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter recently addressed the assembled guests of Islip’s 7th Annual CEO Summit, sponsored by Astoria Bank and the Town of Islip’s Industrial Development Agency. The event, emceed by Bill Mannix, Executive Director, Town of Islip IDA, was held at the YMCA Boulton Center in Bay Shore. Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter co-moderated the event, along with John Kominicki, President of InnovateLI.com.

Representatives of local businesses, corporate America, and not-for-profits, made up the audience of the more than 120 businessmen and women, who observed the fast-paced, 5-minute IGNITE presentation format. “Companies based in the Town of Islip are performing well,” said Supervisor Carpenter. “The CEO Summit is a wonderful opportunity for business leaders to share innovative and unique tools and practices that enable their businesses to prosper,” she said.

“Presenters covered a wide range of topics of interest to business leaders, including Fraud Prevention, Intellectual Property, and MWBE Certification,” said Bill Mannix, Islip IDA.  Perhaps the hottest topic for businesses nationally is the attraction and retention of employees, and three of our presenters shared tips on how their businesses are meeting this challenge,” he said.

The summit featured presentations by nine different business leaders, including:

v  Chris Gorman, Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Elsman, Formato, Ferrara & Wolf, LLP.

v  Jennifer Trakhtenberg, Clearvison Optical

v  Anne Brigis, YMCA Long Island

v  Cheryl Gillette, Competitive Edge Development Inc.

v  Robert Bender, R.B. Bender Group

v  Davi Tserpelis, Astoria Bank

v  George Likourezos, Carter, DeLuca, Farrell, Schmidt, LLP

v  Bob Single, Dayton T. Brown Inc.

v  Connetquot High School, Virtual Business Team

Presenters Timothy Munsinger and Karissa Marriot of Connetquot High School’s Virtual Business Team impressed the audience with their presentation. The two high school students spoke to the power of social media and its usefulness as an employment resource for millennials.  

Pictured: Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter, Innovate President, John Kominicki, Islip IDA members and this year’s Panelists.  



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