Elevate Rochester selects 2022 ETHIE Award recipients

Elevate Rochester will honor The Children’s Agenda, JN White, LaBella Associates and Nocon & Associates next month for their strong ethical standards.

The four firms will receive ETHIE Awards, recognition by Elevate Rochester of their commitment to “do the right thing through strong ethical foundations, aspirations to high standards of business conduct, and the multifaceted nature of ethics in our daily lives.”

“Each year we seek the best Rochester organizations to honor with ETHIE Awards, and this year’s class is superb as usual,” Bob Whipple, board chair of Elevate Rochester (formerly Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation), said in a news release.

“Our ETHIE Awards Team took a very close look at these applicants and found that each one of them has built a durable, ethical corporate culture, and that deserves recognition,” Whipple said.

Visit the Elevate Rochester website for more information on the ETHIE, the nomination process and the award celebration event.

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JN White acquires Connecticut manufacturer

JN White has acquired ECI Screenprint Inc., a Connecticut manufacturer and provider of membrane switches, for an undisclosed sum.

Founded 60 years ago in Perry, Wyoming County, JN White is a leader in membrane switch and graphic overlay engineering and manufacturing technology. The two companies will continue to operate under separate names for the short-term, with ECI Screenprint becoming ECI Technologies – A JN White Co. ECI’s employees will remain in place, adding to JN White’s nearly 100 staffers.

JN White officials said the company expects to add employees at both locations in the coming year.

Jason Aymerich
Jason Aymerich

“This strategic asset acquisition will bring together JN White’s award-winning capabilities with ECI’s capabilities and impeccable track record, giving us access to a broader market, broader customer base and greater market share of the membrane switch, user interface and graphic overlay market,” said JN White President Jason Aymerich in a statement.

The acquisition is JN White’s fourth and the company intends to continue its rapid growth strategy.

“Manufacturing jobs can be kept in the U.S., including high-tech sectors, and we are committed to proving it,” Aymerich said.

The acquisition will enable customers’ access to expanded product line offerings and manufacturing capabilities and give them the ability to use either the New York or Connecticut facility for manufacturing, officials said.

“After founding and growing ECI for the last 30 years, this provides ECI, its employees and customer base to be positioned for growth for the next 30 years,” ECI President and CEO Edward Cook said. “Joining forces with JN White is exactly what is needed to catapult growth.”

Randy White
Randy White

The two companies have the same approach to corporate culture, said JN White CEO Randy White. “This acquisition allows JN White to expand the company’s overall value while remaining committed to advancing U.S.-based technology manufacturing. My father built this company 60 years ago on family values, hard work and cutting-edge technology, and I’m proud to continue that heritage with this most recent acquisition.”

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Manufacturers step up to help mitigate spread of COVID-19

As the region’s health care providers grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic and a lack of resources and vital supplies, two more Rochester-area manufacturers have stepped up to help.

J.N. White Associates Inc. on Sunday said it had launched a splatter protecting face shield to help fight the spread of the disease, while Eastman Kodak Co. on Tuesday announced it had entered an agreement with the state of New York to supply isopropyl alcohol to aid in the production of “NYS Clean” hand sanitizer.

To support the state’s production of hand sanitizer—available free to residents and distributed to impacted communities as well as state agencies like schools and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority—Kodak has begun delivering tanker loads of the chemical from its Eastman Business Park facility.

“Kodak is committed to helping fight the spread of COVID-19,” said Kodak Executive Chairman Jim Continenza in a statement. “I could not be prouder of our dedicated team members who quickly mobilized to provide this essential ingredient for hand sanitizer. We will continue to work closely with New York and federal representatives to identify other ways to bring Kodak’s resources and technology to bear in the fight against this pandemic.”

J.N. White Associates Inc. has launched the SplatterGuard as an additional line of defense against moisture droplets. (photo provided)
J.N. White Associates Inc. has launched the SplatterGuard as an additional line of defense against moisture droplets. (photo provided)

In the Wyoming County town of Perry, JN White has developed the SplatterGuard, an all-in-one face shield that can be used as an additional piece of personal protective equipment to impede droplets of moisture or other materials from reaching the face.

The company added the product specifically to assist those facing increased risk from the COVID-19 virus, officials said. The new product is far afield from the 60-year-old company’s typical work as an ISO 9001:2015 and ITAR certified custom manufacturer specializing in the design and production of membrane switches, graphic overlays and labels.

“JN White is deploying the great minds of our employees and production resources in new ways to help fight this pandemic,” said President Jason Aymerich in a statement. “We are so proud of our team and their ingenuity, and honored to do our part as Americans.”

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Perry manufacturer names new president

Wyoming County manufacturer JN White Associates Inc. is readying for a changing of the guards, as a packaging industry veteran joins the firm as its third president.

Jason Aymerich
Jason Aymerich

Jason Aymerich most recently served as president of Complemar Partners Inc., an e-commerce fulfillment company with locations nationwide. During his tenure with Complemar, the company grew substantially, setting record revenue each year, both organically and through acquisitions.

Prior to Complemar, Aymerich was vice president of sales and marketing for Diamond Contract Manufacturing, a division of Diamond Packaging.

In his new role, Aymerich succeeds Randy White, son of JN White founder, James Neel White. The younger White has been president and CEO since 1991 and will maintain his position as owner and CEO.

White considered several options for the future of the family business, including selling the company, promoting someone from within or searching elsewhere.

“There is an incredible amount of talent, drive and promise within the walls of J.N. White and selling the company just didn’t make sense to me,” White said. “I want people to have a job and the ability to grow and serve our customers with ingenuity and expertise.”

White ultimately decided to conduct a talent search.

“Upon meeting Jason I knew he was our guy,” White said. “He is intelligent, ambitious and has a wide breadth and depth of experience including sales, marketing, finance and strategic business planning, all while being very growth-oriented.”

In 2015 Aymerich was the recipient of RBJ’s “Forty under 40” award, which honors individuals who have achieved success in their career while giving back to the local community. Aymerich is a member of numerous boards and associations including membership chair of the Young President’s Organization, Empire Chapter, and is on the Dean’s Advisory Council at the College of Engineering Technology at Rochester Institute of Technology.

JN White was founded in 1960 as a screen printer and has since evolved into an ISO 9001:2015 and ITAR certified custom manufacturer specializing in the design and production of membrane switches, graphic overlays and labels for clients globally. The company serves industries that include the military, medical devices, electronics and appliances.

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