In 2011, Avanti Advanced Manufacturing opened its first US location in Buffalo, specializing in custom fabrication and plastic injection molding. They currently have seven full-time employees and plan to double their employment in the next year. This year, Avanti was named a winner in Business First’s Manufacturing Awards in the Sustainability Category. These prestigious awards are presented to companies in the manufacturing industry that are a major economic force in the region.
Avanti has found US success in a variety of ways and by growing their business slowly. The company purchased a reasonably priced building and made the needed improvements to it, all while developing and strengthening relationships with neighboring residents and working with local organizations such as churches to recruit employees. Avanti’s owner and president, Jim Wei, has found that the local residents and members of these congregations have a willingness to learn and a great work ethic, and he provides training on his specialized equipment.
Wei has developed a system to use the outside air to cool Avanti’s machines and save on power costs. He continually looks for ways to improve efficiency within his operations so that he can then increase manpower and quantity of products manufactured.
One of the products Avanti designs and manufactures is a tile for the building construction industry that is made from recycled materials, allowing the building to claim LEED credits during the construction process. The tiles are sourced approximately 30 miles from the facility, which qualifies them as a local supplier and meets the requirements for LEED credits. Another sustainable Avanti product is Ecoglo, which is a no-slip and natural glow-in-the-dark strip for stairs and sidewalks. These strips have been installed locally at the front entrance of The Mansion on Delaware as well as many high-profile buildings across the country.
The BNE team offers our congratulations to Jim Wei and the employees of Avanti Advanced Manufacturing Corp on your success in Buffalo, NY and your well-deserved award.
by Carolyn Powell, Business Development Manager