Right in Our Own Back Yard

Students and teachers grab a quick photo before lunch at East/West Industries in Ronkonkoma.
Students and teachers grab a quick photo before lunch at East/West Industries in Ronkonkoma.
Teresa Ferraro, president of this woman-owned small business gives our students a video presentation of their core business… keeping aircrew safe.
Teresa Ferraro, president of this woman-owned small business gives our students a video presentation of their core business… keeping aircrew safe.
East/West Industries has a large engineering department and was a favorite stop on the tour. Students saw how drawings became 3D printed parts. Here, one of the engineers shows students a specific software application.
East/West Industries has a large engineering department and was a favorite stop on the tour. Students saw how drawings became 3D printed parts. Here, one of the engineers shows students a specific software application.
VP for Business Development Joseph Spinosa, left, talks about the highly specialized products that East/West creates and manufacturers. He detailed the varied positions that they hire and what they look for in qualified candidates.
VP for Business Development Joseph Spinosa, left, talks about the highly specialized products that East/West creates and manufacturers. He detailed the varied positions that they hire and what they look for in qualified candidates.
With a 3D printer the size of a refrigerator, most parts are first created there, as actual sized models before the final piece is milled out of specialized metal depending on the application.
With a 3D printer the size of a refrigerator, most parts are first created there, as actual sized models before the final piece is milled out of specialized metal depending on the application.

Launchpad Huntington, The Work Force Development (WFDI) Institute and South Huntington School District have joined forces to create the Manufacturing Technology Task Force made up of student leaders (grades 6-12), STEM teachers, curriculum development, CTE and College/Career Coaches along with local manufacturers to develop a program to provide industry-relevant, technology experience to both teachers and students. 

The first initiative for the Manufacturing Technology Task Force was a May 27th trip for technology students and teachers from the South Huntington School District, to visit manufacturing companies on Long Island, including East West Industries.   The visit provided an opportunity to tour the facilities, meet the company CEOs, and learn firsthand about the skills needed to for jobs in local manufacturing technology companies.  In addition, it was the first step in helping teachers develop curriculum to help prepare students for manufacturing technology jobs on Long Island, focusing on 3D technology.

“Our school district is thrilled to be participating in a unique partnership with Launchpad Huntington, WDI Institute and various manufacturing companies on Long Island, such as East/West Industries,” said Dr. Jared Bloom, South Huntington Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Curriculum. “Through this partnership, students and teachers will work side by side with industry professionals to learn about the various manufacturers on Long Island and how 3D printing is used in their facilities. Students, teachers, and industry leaders will then work collaboratively to develop a first-of-its-kind curriculum that meets the needs of the district while providing experts in the field an opportunity to share their vision and provide direct guidance and support.” 

East/West Industries rolled out the red carpet for the South Huntington group with an afternoon that included presentations, industry tours and meetings with department heads in manufacturing and engineering. East/West Industries is a Department of Defense major supplier of Ejection, Crew, and Helicopter Seats, Survival Kits, and Emergency Oxygen Systems, to name a few.

Our students came away with a much greater understanding of companies like East/West that populate Long Island and are in need of qualified workforce personnel. “Launchpad has been focusing heavily on finding ways to align educators with industry - specifically technology driven industries - so that students develop skills that are appropriate and relevant to open positions that are not getting filled.” said Phil Rugile of LaunchPad Huntington. “This is a huge step towards creating a meaningful alliance that will produce tangible results.”

Thank you to all the great people at East/West Industries for sharing and showcasing their outstanding company.