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Next Generation: Adam Pratt, outspoken president of Sherex Fastening Solutions

The face of local manufacturing is changing. More women and minorities are stepping into prominent positions in the sector, leading plants and helping manufacturers grow, and in the past couple of years, new plant managers have been named at bedroom manufacturers and smaller operations alike. The trend also applies to places that train manufacturing workers for jobs and help companies innovate. Below is one of the names that is becoming more familiar in the local manufacturing scene; click here to see the rest.

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Adam Pratt has been active in manufacturing, both at his own company and in the sector as a whole.

Pratt is president of Sherex Fastening Solutions in Riverview Commerce Park in the Town of Tonawanda. But he is known in other circles, too.

Sherex Fastening Solutions is part of the Founders Council of Buffalo Manufacturing Works, a Buffalo Billion initiative that helps manufacturers innovate and grow. He is a past chairman of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership's Manufacturers Council and has worked on programs such as "Dream It, Do It," which encourage young people to consider manufacturing careers.

Pratt has spoken out about the need to train more manufacturing workers and promoting innovation in the sector.

Pratt earned a degree in economics at the University of Rochester, and an MBA at the University at Buffalo. He started with Sherex Industries before launching Sherex Fastening Solutions, a separate company.

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