East/West Industries

No. 266: Luminati back at the dance, LIREDC on top and the LIRR on track three

Glad tidings: Happy Friday, readers old and new, and a special hello to Innovate Long Island’s newest sponsor, Uniondale law firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek. Welcome to the show! Yellow peg: One of the great board games in history was “first conceived” on this date, according to ThoughtCo.’s unofficial History of Trivial Pursuit, which pegs Dec. 15 as the day Canadian newspapermen Chris Haney and Scott Abbott – over a game of Scrabble, natch – invented…


With help, East/West lands in Ronkonkoma (again)

By GREGORY ZELLER // “Space for lease” can be a tricky proposition, depending on the space you need to lease. Just ask East/West Industries President Teresa Ferraro, who in February led her certified woman-owned small business through an intra-Ronkonkoma move to its new 50,000-square-foot home – but only after a lengthy search for just the right fit. The pilgrimage was “a long time in the making,” according to Ferraro, who noted several relocation roadblocks. Chief…


For MindYolk and WDI, a true teaching moment

By GREGORY ZELLER // A multidimensional Long Island maker is rewriting the textbook on how to educate tomorrow’s manufacturing workforce – kinda literally, sorta. Paul Lipsky, CEO of Plainview-based MindYolk Animation Studio and founder of digital-creator community Long Island Visual Professionals, is about to hand in the most critical college project of his life: a complete curriculum leading to a bachelor’s of fine arts degree in interactive computer graphics, which he plans to deliver to…


East/West: 3D prototyping with a capital 3

By GREGORY ZELLER // East/West Industries felt the need for speed. The longtime Long Island manufacturer, launched in Wantagh in 1968 and based now in Ronkonkoma, has spent the better part of five decades protecting aircrew lives by developing and producing newer and better aircraft seats and life-support systems primarily for military aircraft, and related ground-support equipment. But time caught up with the defense stalwart, which is managed today by President Teresa Ferraro and Vice…


In Sikorsky deal, cautious local optimism

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island aerospace manufacturers are reassessing their markets following word of Lockheed Martin’s $9 billion acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft, but none expect the megadeal to hurt existing business. Some Island parts-makers, in fact, are already anticipating an uptick. The deal, announced earlier this week, is pending regulatory approvals and is expected to close late this year or in early 2016. The prospect of a giant Connecticut-based customer with long ties to regional…