NY Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Manufacturer Keeps Ahead with Cybersecurity Compliance

Crowley Fabricating & Machining Co.

Success Story Powered By Southern Tier NY MEP Center: Alliance for Manufacturing Technology (AM&T) and the Mohawk Valley NY MEP Center: Advanced Institute for Manufacturing (AIM)

Based in Endicott, New York, Crowley Fabricating & Machining Co., Inc. has two facilities. One provides sheet metal contract work and the other focuses on machining and support operations.  The company has recently been awarded contracts that have led them to review their Cybersecurity standing.  Additionally, as a potential contractor for the Department of Defense (DOD), they needed to comply with new NIST Special Publication 800-171 requiring the protection of controlled unclassified information in non-federal information systems and organizations.
Crowley needed outside help to address these government regulations as they don’t have a full-time IT staff.  They reached out to the Alliance for Manufacturing Technology (AM&T) who then partnered with the Advanced Institute for Manufacturing (AIM) to assess the guidelines of the publication to their operations and implement any reqired changes.  This process allowed Crowley to become compliant with the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) in accordance with NIST Special Publication 800-171.  Additionally, AM&T was able to secure a grant to offset the cost of the program for Crowley.

Results included:

  • $1-2 million in increased or retained sales
  • 5 jobs created and 35 retained
  • $75,000 in new investment

“The grant that AM&T initiated with AIM has made it possible to achieve our customers’ requirements as a supplier and continue to do business with them. This service is very important in helping small companies stay competitive and to grow. Our competitors are going after the small companies because they know most of them cannot afford to invest the time or money to keep up with cyber security. I have shared with other primes what we have invested in and they are very excited to hear what we have accomplished. This has certainly opened up more opportunities for our company.”

— Mr. Thomas M. Crowley, President

Read the full story at the NIST website here.