Rosalie Drago

Debrief: Bill Lindsay III is on a manufacturing mission

Lack of skilled workers and overregulation are among the issues undercutting Long Island manufacturers. And they’re in the crosshairs of the Long Island Manufacturing Task Force, unanimously approved this month by the Suffolk County Legislature. Legislator William Lindsay III (D-Bohemia), who introduced the task force bill, will chair the pro-production panel, formed in response to 8,000-plus job openings at Long Island factories (as counted by the Long Island chapter of the Workforce Development Institute) and…


Personal perspectives inform ‘Women in Manufacturing’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Some of Long Island’s most influential manufacturing leaders will come together Oct. 6 to discuss the role of women in engineering and technology-related fields – something this particular panel knows all about. As part of Suffolk County Community College’s Women in Manufacturing/STEM Summit, the Women in Manufacturing Panel and Video Screening will shine a light on the ways professional passions and specific workforce needs are fueling new science, technology, engineering and…


Brain drain? Put a cork in it

By GREGORY ZELLER // Don’t whine when you can wine. That was one of the big ideas Wednesday, when a select group of educators, hospitality professionals and economic-development experts – each with a particular interest in addressing Long Island’s infamous “brain drain” – toured several East End winemaking facilities. Arranged by the Long Island regional office of the Workforce Development Institute, the field trip was designed to help insiders understand the workforce needs and career…


URGENT to women: Come on in, the water’s fine

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island commercial, educational and nonprofit forces have united to encourage women to dive into relatively unexplored waters. New York American Water, the Merrick-based subsidiary of New Jersey-based parent American Water Works Co., recently hosted a career-training day in conjunction with Nassau Community College and the Long Island chapter of the Workforce Development Institute, which supports job growth and retention across New York State through employee-development grants and industry/academia/government collaborations. The…


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…


URGENT effort eyes women for larger utility roles

By GREGORY ZELLER // Mixing gender equity, evolving workforce needs and a dash of economic-development sauce, the Workforce Development Institute and several big-name utilities are partnering with Nassau Community College to provide free career training for women. The idea, according to the sponsors of the Utility Readiness for Gaining Employment for Non-Traditionals: Women program, is to prepare women for larger roles in the utilities industries. The partners – including representatives of PSEG Long Island, National…


Downtown development: Jobs are Job No. 1

By ROSALIE DRAGO // The Governor’s Conference on Sustainable Development & Collaborative Governance, held Wednesday in Melville, facilitated an important dialogue around the hot topic of downtown redevelopment. Long Island currently has over a dozen town centers in various stages of redevelopment or revitalization, so discussion on this topic is both relevant and timely. But for downtown development and revitalization to achieve its potency as an economic engine, consideration for jobs – What will they…


A new LI manufacturing era … by Royal decree?

By GREGORY ZELLER // A new era for an old Long Island sector? Some serious people are at least trying it on. Innovative manufacturer Royal Apparel, a 2007 fashion firm spun out of circa-1993 wholesaler Summit Apparel Inc., is hoping to complete an intra-Hauppauge space grab this year, moving into a 25,000-square-foot location with high ceilings ideal for extra warehousing, according to cofounder and CEO Morey Mayeri. The property could also accommodate a 12,000- to…


American Culture, now bottling its own future

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Close Call file comes the story of American Culture, a Huntington Station hair-care manufacturer that nearly gave Long Island the brush-off. Cofounder Louis Guarneri didn’t want to leave LI. He’s the third of what he hopes will be four (at least) generations in the beauty business, all on Long Island. He met his wife and cofounder, Doreen, when they were 13, and they dated throughout their years at Cold…


The Marmalade is almost ready for drive time

By GREGORY ZELLER // A modest grant from the Workforce Development Institute could help a longtime Long Island innovator hit the big time with an ultra-efficient drive system. Named by inventor John Pawloski’s young daughters, the Marmalade Drive is “very efficient and wickedly simple,” according to the inventor, a vice president at family-owned Jewelers Machinists Co. in North Babylon. Already tested successfully in commercial HVAC units and about to be installed for the first time…


The Debrief: Rosalie Drago is a force for innovation

Rosalie Drago’s career path meandered through tourism and economic development then into workforce issues and from the Jersey Shore to Long Island – to LaunchPad Huntington, precisely, where she set up shot as regional director of the Workforce Development Institute in June. From there, the seasoned tourism pro – who earned a master’s degree in public administration from NYU – champions the Albany-based nonprofit’s mission of tracking workforce trends, identifying challenges and fostering innovative solutions….