Officials herald opening of new RIT lab at Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Digital Manufacturing and Product Realization Lab lauded for economic development potential

Business and political leaders from across the state are praising Rochester Institute of Technology and the Golisano Institute for Sustainability’s new Digital Manufacturing and Product Realization Lab for the major focus on technology and product development and economic development potential.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Kenneth Adams: “The strong collaboration between RIT and area manufacturers continues to produce results for the state’s manufacturing sector. RIT’s new lab will create new products by turning innovative ideas into reality and will be a boost to the region’s economy.”

New York State Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle: “RIT’s new Digital Manufacturing and Product Realization Lab will serve as a powerful new tool to better connect our manufacturing community with the innovative technologies, resources and solutions they need to succeed in a global economy. Through this process we will continue to strengthen and grow manufacturing across our region and state, ultimately creating new jobs and ensuring a brighter economic future for our community. I thank RIT for its continued leadership in this industry and commitment to making today’s announcement a reality for Rochester.”

New York State Sen. Joseph Robach: “The Rochester region has quickly become a leader in manufacturing, innovation and technology thanks in large part to the resources, students and faculty at RIT. The Digital Manufacturing and Product Realization Lab is the latest example of leveraging the resources that already exist at RIT with manufacturers that are seeking to improve their business and products. This is a win-win for the Rochester region that will lead to increased job development and innovation for our economy.”

New York State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan: “This new facility will provide the innovation and technology to help companies and entrepreneurs turn their ideas into reality. Modern manufacturing is alive and well and this high-tech lab will ensure that Rochester and all of New York state remains competitive in the global manufacturing marketplace.”

New York State Sen. Ted O’Brien: “I want to congratulate RIT and the Golisano Institute for Sustainability on yet another exciting addition to our region’s blossoming high-tech industry. As we work to build a better climate for job creation in upstate New York, it’s fitting that we celebrate Manufacturing Day with the unveiling of the new Digital Manufacturing and Product Realization Lab. RIT and GIS are terrific examples of the Rochester and Finger Lakes regions’ entrepreneurial spirit, and continue to be a vital part of our area’s economic revitalization.”

New York State Assembly Member Harry B. Bronson: “This facility is a giant step toward the future and I applaud Rochester Institute of Technology and its Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies and Golisano Institute for Sustainability, the partnership research laboratories and the industrial partners across the county whose goal is designing and implementing cutting-edge manufacturing that is more sustainable for workers, the public, the nation and our economy. This partnership bolsters RIT’s leadership in the development of manufacturing technologies that increase economic competitiveness. RIT’s research will keep our next generation competitive in a global environment.”

President and CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise Mark S. Peterson: “RIT’s new Digital Manufacturing and Product Realization Lab further enhances the Rochester, N.Y. region’s extensive manufacturing assets, making our region a more attractive option for corporate expansions. Companies will now be able to access RIT’s world-class resources to accelerate the commercialization of emerging technologies.”

Rochester Technology & Manufacturing Association Executive Director Kevin J. Kelley: “The new Digital Manufacturing and Product Realization Lab is a strong addition to RIT that will assist RTMA member companies with incorporating advanced technology to enhance the ways in which they do business.”