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Next Generation: EWI's Nadine Hartrich, well-known voice in manufacturing circles

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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Nadine Hartrich has built a name for herself in local manufacturing circles, a sector that is the focus of attention for job growth.

Hartich is operations manager for EWI, an engineering and technology organization that runs Buffalo Manufacturing Works. Previously, she worked with manufacturing members of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.

Buffalo Manufacturing Works, a Buffalo Billion initiative, provides high-tech resources to local manufacturers trying to innovate and grow. The center plans to move this year into the Northland Workforce Training Center complex on the East Side.

Hartrich's experience has made her well versed in the issues most pressing to manufacturers, including training more workers for job openings, and encouraging young people to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Others are taking note. In 2016, she was one of 30 people nationwide honored as an emerging leader by the Manufacturing Institute. And in 2018, she was one of seven finalists for the Athena Young Professional Award, presented by the Partnership.

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