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Local Business Pushes to Partner With Future Nanotechnology Centers

The Mohawk Valley, it appears, is on its way to becoming a new hub for Nanotechnology and all the buzz is continuing, especially in the Rome and Marcy area.
The Mohawk Valley, it appears, is on its way to becoming a new hub for Nanotechnology and all the buzz is continuing, especially in the Rome and Marcy area.
We have heard time and time again that the new Nanotechnology centers will bring big business and jobs to the area giving the Mohawk Valley an economic boost. Businesses and community members are anxious but waiting patiently for the process to begin.
But R-Tronics, a Rome company, knows how beneficial partnering with the Nano-centers could be for business and is taking a pro-active stand.
"Let them know that we exist, that we've been here for 23 years and that we are well-known for our custom cable assemblies,” said Bill Abrams.
Abrams is the Senior Engineer for R-Tronics, a custom cable assembly and manufacturer located in Rome. He says when the Nano-centers are finally up and running, they'll need cables and R-Tronics wants to be the number one supplier.
"We’re hoping to supply the inter-connect cables that will go in between the different modules that will hopefully connect the Nano-technology and the silicon wafer technology,” said Abrams.
"Well, we're hoping we can do business with people from there and be the first ones in and help in any way we can,” says Joan Burth, General Manager of R-Tronics.
"We’re the only local wire house there is and we can help them so that they have somebody right down the street to produce what they need,” said Vice President of R-Tronics Rocco Garro.
Because if R-Tronics can help the Nano-centers out, there will certainly be business benefits in return.
"Oh, it would boost our sales quite a bit and they're going to need cables left and right and we're in the perfect position to build them for them,” said R-Tronics employee John Milani.
Each of the custom cables must be assembled by hand by one of the 25 employees working at R-Tronics, staff says in partnering with Nano-centers they would hope to expand the building and their employee base.
"It will be large boom for the local area and we're hoping it'll also help us increase our employees and to increase our size of the company in this location," says Abrams.
And employee John Milani says that's good news for the current R-Tronics workers and new employees to come.
"With the Nanotechnology, we get the business, it's better for us, more job security and we'll be here for a long time," said Milani.
R-Tronics staff says they are also looking to partner with local schools to begin training students for the custom cable and Nanotechnology business.

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