Economic Development Week is one of the best weeks in our year. It gives us a chance to shine a spotlight on partners throughout our region doing extraordinary work to improve the well-being of our communities.
Tucked away in an old car repair shop in Lyndonville is a surprising tenant - California born company Sierra Biological. The company, now based in Orleans County, provides an alternative to chemical and pesticide dependence. Pesticides and chemicals can have negative effects on soil and water supply. Nematodes, the main Sierra Biological product, can manage damaging insects and organisms in your soil without having the negative side-effects.
Cattaraugus County is a Buffalo Niagara destination, with winter skiing and summer festivals filling up the calendar. Ellicottville remains the staple, an inviting village with a walkable Main Street and retail that will empty your pockets.
“When I was 12-years-old, I was asked by my grandfather what I wanted to be when I grew up,” said Jeff Aronson. “I said ‘What my dad does!’ And I had no clue what he did, but I started learning quick after they put a grinder in your hand and have you welding.”
When we visited Merchants Insurance to interview Robert Zak, president & CEO of the Buffalo-based insurance provider, we found a table in large, recently renovated room. It was open and collaborative, with artifacts from the company’s history on display. Lining the outside of the room’s floor was a newly installed walking track for employees to get their steps in. The company understands that health and wellness is important to employees and encourages the self-care. It’s just one of the many ways Merchants Insurance takes care of its employees.