Farmingdale, NY (PRWEB) October 10, 2012
Everyone’s smiling as Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy alongside state and local elected officials, economic development experts and regional dignitaries toured the D’Addario & Company facilities in Farmingdale, New York last Friday, October 5th.
Mr. Cuomo created regional councils to create new jobs and economic opportunities. Aside from being wowed by the instrument making process, the tour's purpose was to view the progress being made by the companies that received support last year. The Governor’s Strategic Implementation Assessment Team and the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council (LIREDC) visited the engineering, machine building and string production areas.
While many of the LIREDC’s programs support advanced technology programs, it was music to their ears as the Governor and his team saw the success D’Addario achieved producing high-volume, low-priced consumer products on Long Island.
“D’Addario’s culture for the last four decades has been to continually re-invest in technological advances that enable us to compete on a global basis with our competitors. Our packaged strings are sold in over 120 countries and our bulk strings are installed on hundreds of thousands of guitars and violin family instruments every month. Factories from China to Eastern Europe to South America rely on our strings for the instruments they produce,” stated Jim D’Addario, CEO.
In addition to D’Addario, the Long Island itinerary included Cold Spring Harbor Labs and OCI Pharmaceuticals. All three sites were awarded New York State economic development assistance as part of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council’s strategic plan. The Governor was impressed with the progress the endorsed projects have made in advancing last year’s strategic plans.
The Governor saw firsthand the magic where D’Addario’s engineers and technicians design and build the world’s most advanced equipment. Of the 1,100 employees worldwide, 800 are located on Long Island. “Our team of 25 plus engineers is constantly advancing the art of string, reed, drumhead and drumstick manufacturing. Each time we add an engineer, you can be sure it will result in scores of new jobs in our factories,” stated Jim D’Addario.
For more information on D'Addario & Co., Inc., please visit http://www.daddario.com.
D’Addario & Company, Inc. is the world’s largest manufacturer of musical instrument accessories inspiring performance with seven proprietary brands: D’Addario strings; Evans drumheads; ProMark drumsticks; PureSound percussion; Rico reeds; and Planet Waves accessories. A family-owned and operated business, D’Addario has a rich heritage in innovation and craftsmanship that dates back to the 1500’s. The Company employs 1,100 people and manufactures 95% of its products in the U.S. It implements Toyota’s Lean manufacturing principles and is highly committed to sustainability. D’Addario’s products can be found at music retailers in more than 120 countries and on all major e-commerce sites.