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MACNY to honor Wall of Fame inductees on virtual event in September

By Eric Reinhardt


Kathleen Alaimo

DeWITT — MACNY, the Manufacturers Association, later this month plans to honor Kathleen Alaimo and Louis DeMent as the 2020 inductees for the Manufacturers Wall of Fame. 

The recognition is part of a two-week long virtual “Celebration of Manufacturing” event in September in place of its annual dinner, which is usually held in May.

Due to the coronavirus-pandemic restrictions, MACNY had originally rescheduled the May annual dinner to Sept. 23 but has now opted for the remote event.

Wall of Fame inductees

Louis DeMent

Alaimo is president of Syracuse Label & Surround Printing, and Louis DeMent is owner and CEO of Giovanni Food Co., Inc. They will be inducted and honored virtually on Sept. 28 during MACNY’s 107th annual “Celebration of Manufacturing.” 

They will be commemorated with a plaque on the Manufacturers Wall of Fame at the MACNY headquarters. Alaimo and DeMent will also join MACNY and community members for a live Zoom session on Sept. 29.

“On behalf of MACNY, the Wall of Fame selection committee, and the entire manufacturing community, I would like to congratulate Kathy and Lou on their well-deserved inductions into the Manufacturers Wall of Fame,” Randy Wolken, president and CEO of MACNY, said in a statement. “We look forward to honoring their dedication to manufacturing and their achievements during MACNY’s 107th Annual Celebration of Manufacturing.”

Wolken went on to say, “Syracuse Label & Surround Printing and Giovanni Food Co., Inc., are vital Central New York manufacturers. These two leaders have successfully steered their organizations through change and challenges, positioning them for continued success in their industries. This is an impressive testament to their leadership skills.” 

Other event plans

The Manufacturers Association sees the virtual event as a way to “break down geographical barriers and engage MACNY and community members throughout the entire State of New York,” per a news release. 

Throughout the weeks of Sept. 21 and Sept. 28, MACNY plans to release a series of videos featuring its Innovator of the Year Award recipient; Wall of Fame inductees; and updates from Wolken on the “past, present, and future” of manufacturing in the state. 

MACNY in early March had announced that it has selected Daniel Brown of SRC, Inc. as the 2020 Innovator of the Year. 

In addition to the video series, MACNY plans to host live virtual events via Zoom to offer viewers a “greater look” at the current state of manufacturing, the future of manufacturing, and discussions with this year’s award recipients. 

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