State Senator Tom O’Mara Thursday raised a glass of praise to Lakewood Vineyards in Watkins Glen and Vance Metal Fabricators, Inc. in Geneva for their partnership in showcasing “the diversity and strength of Finger Lakes agriculture and manufacturing.”
O’Mara’s Senate colleague, Finger Lakes Senator Pamela Helming visited Vance Metal’s large-capacity metal fabricator and weld shop in Geneva Thursday to see Lakewood’s tanks begin to make their way to Watkins Glen.
Over the past decade, Lakewood Vineyards has purchased its fermentation tanks exclusively from Vance Metal, which works in diverse industries from heavy manufacturing to technology to agriculture. The company made its first winery tank in the 1990s and now makes tanks for distilleries, wineries, breweries, and cider houses in more than 20 states.
The custom-made, 2,500-gallon stainless steel fermentation tanks traveled 30 miles by truck from Geneva to the Watkins Glen winery Thursday, where Lakewood commemorated the installation of the tanks with a “Toast FLX Tanks” viewing party from inside its new production area.
O’Mara, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said, “It’s fantastic to help celebrate this cooperation between two outstanding Finger Lakes industries working together to strengthen the American-made, locally produced movement. This high-quality partnership continues to showcase the diversity and strength of Finger Lakes agriculture and manufacturing.”
Lakewood Vineyards President and Winemaker Chris Stamp recently said, “We wanted to celebrate the collaboration that exists in the Finger Lakes. We’re incredibly lucky to have good friends and partners at Vance Metal Fabricators–local wine tastes better from local tanks.”