EWI Taps Ulbrich to Lead New Advanced Manufacturing R&D Facility in Western NY

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Michael Ulbrich, former JP Morgan executive and NY native, returns to Buffalo as President of EWI New York.

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Michael Ulbrich, President of EWI New York

EWI has the potential to make huge impact on the future of manufacturing and the economy of Buffalo-Niagara.

EWI is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Ulbrich as President of EWI New York, which is leading the Buffalo Billion initiative to operate a new advanced manufacturing institute dedicated to support the growth of Western New York’s manufacturing sector. EWI New York, focused on applied R&D services, is based in downtown Buffalo.

Ulbrich, an industrial engineer by training, comes to EWI from JP Morgan Chase where he spent the last decade. In 2008, he began to explore new business and private banking opportunities in the countries of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland to open a new market for the firm. His pioneering efforts resulted in the establishment of J.P. Morgan Private Bank, Nordic Region, where he most recently served as Vice President.

“With his broad and deep experience in engineering, business development, operations, technology systems, finance, and team building, Michael brings so much to the table,” said Henry Cialone, President and CEO of EWI. “We are thrilled to have him at the helm of EWI New York as we open our newest facility.”

EWI is implementing the vision for the $45 million advanced manufacturing institute, a signature initiative of the Buffalo Billion Investment Development Plan which was developed by the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC).

“Michael’s skill set is just what is needed to lead EWI’s efforts here,” said Howard Zemsky, Co-chair of WNYREDC and Larkin Development Group Managing Partner. “With the state’s $45 million investment into the new advanced manufacturing center, Michael will lead the EWI team in making Western New York more competitive in manufacturing technology.”

WNYREDC Co-Chair and University at Buffalo President Satish Tripathi concurs, “Michael understands the economic and historical dynamics of our region’s industrial base, and has a vision for bringing innovation to area manufacturers. His leadership will spur new economic opportunities and job creation in our region.”

Ulbrich, a native of Western New York, is ready to direct EWI’s new venture in Buffalo. “EWI New York has the potential to make huge impact on the future of manufacturing and the economy of Buffalo-Niagara. I am committed to the revitalization of this region and its industries, and am excited to be part of it.”

About EWI
EWI is the leading engineering and technology organization in North America dedicated to advanced materials joining and allied manufacturing technologies. Since 1984, EWI has provided applied research, manufacturing support, and strategic services to leaders in the aerospace, automotive, consumer products, electronics, medical, energy & chemical, government, and heavy manufacturing industries. By matching our expertise in materials joining, forming, and testing to the needs of forward-thinking manufacturers, we are successful in creating effective solutions in product design and production. To learn more, visit ewi.org, email info(at)ewi(dot)org, or call 614.688.5000.

About the Buffalo Billion Investment Development Plan
In an extraordinary recognition of Western New York’s potential, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has committed a historic $1 billion investment in the Buffalo area economy to create thousands of jobs and spur billions in new investment and economic activity over the next several years. The Buffalo Billion Investment Development Plan, developed by the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC) serves as a roadmap for implementation of six signature investable initiatives that will set a new growth trajectory for jobs and the regional economy. To learn more, visit http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/themes/nyopenrc/rc-files/westernny/BB_Plan_Cover_Page.pdf.

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