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Dinolfo Celebrates First Woman To Complete “Monroe Manufactures Jobs” Mold-Making Program

Dinolfo Celebrates First Woman To Complete “Monroe Manufactures Jobs” Mold-Making Program

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo joined President of ROMOLD, Inc., Lou Romano, and ROMOLD’s first female Mold-Making Apprentice, Niayah Blair, for a check presentation ceremony celebrating Niayah’s completion of the Monroe Manufactures Jobs Mold-Making Program. Niayah is the first woman to complete the Monroe Manufactures Jobs Mold-Making Program and likely the only female mold-making apprentice in New York State. Also present at the event was Matt O’Connor, Assistant Vice President for Economic and Workforce Development at Monroe Community College.

“Manufacturing supports over 55,000 local jobs, yet in today’s growing economy there’s one thing I hear over and over again – local manufacturers have good-paying jobs open, but they need help finding employees with the right skills to get the job done. That’s where our workforce development programs like Monroe Manufactures Jobs come in,” said Dinolfo. “We are so proud that Niayah Blair has broken the mold in this largely male-dominated industry as the first female apprentice mold-maker at ROMOLD, the first woman to complete our Monroe Manufactures Jobs Mold-Making Program, and likely the only female mold-making apprentice in New York State. I hope Niayah’s story inspires even more young women to pursue a career in manufacturing, because we have local employers who are ready to hire them right here, right now!”

Established in 1997 by Romano, ROMOLD, Inc. manufactures plastic injection molds, die cast molds, and related components. Their services include part manufacturability and tool consulting, mold design and engineering, and mold manufacturing. Their 11,500-square-foot facility in Gates features the latest in CAD/CAM and tool manufacturing software and equipment. Industries they serve include optical, office and imaging equipment, medical devices, aeronautical, automotive, packaging and consumer products. ROMOLD has the longest active Mold-maker Apprentice Program with the Department of Labor in New York State.

“Monroe County is to be applauded for the support and recognition of local manufacturing. Under the leadership of County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo, support for manufacturing is providing a real path to meaningful, sustainable careers that provide good income, stable employment and contributions to our communities,” said Romano. “The Monroe Manufactures Jobs Program has all participants playing vital roles. The apprentice must work and accumulate academic requirements, the sponsoring company provides on-the-job training and mentorship, Monroe Community College provides vital curriculum and Monroe County provides the support and incentive to stay the course.”

Niayah Blair is the first woman to complete the Monroe Manufactures Jobs Mold-Making Program. Niayah is also ROMOLD’s first female apprentice and likely the only female mold-maker apprentice in New York State. She graduated from Monroe Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Precision Machining in May of 2017. Niayah joined ROMOLD shortly thereafter and has spent over a year in the Apprentice Program.

"I am very proud of my work so far as an apprentice mold maker with ROMOLD and I am especially proud to show other women that achieving a career in manufacturing is possible,” said Blair. “It was encouraging to know that upon graduating from MCC I had a job waiting for me. I thank Monroe County, MCC and ROMOLD for this opportunity.”

The Monroe Manufactures Jobs program connects graduates of local institutions like Monroe Community College with local manufacturing companies by providing both the employer and employee a $1,500 bonus. The company must be a manufacturer headquartered in Monroe County and retain the employee for 1 full year after date of hire.