Two Rome companies earn state Empire Awards


RState Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-47th Dist. of Rome, recently presented New York State Senate Empire Awards to Varflex Corporation and Bartell Machinery Systems, both headquartered in Rome. 

“It was a pleasure to present these awards to Varflex Corporation and Bartell Machinery Systems,” Sen. Griffo said. “Both of these businesses are thriving companies and leaders in their industry that create jobs, help to spur economic growth and make significant community contributions that positively affect the community and the state,” Griffo said. 

Varflex Corporation has been manufacturing electrical insulating sleeves since its founding on May 24, 1924. Through the years, the company has designed and manufactured a variety of sleeving and related insulating products that are used in a variety of commercial and industrial electrical applications. For more information, visit 

“Our company takes great pride in being a leader in our industry, providing local employment, spurring economic growth and being a positive contributor to both our local community and New York State,” sales manager Dale Rashford said. 

Since the company’s founding in 1940, Bartell Machinery Systems, founded in 1940, develops manufacturing solutions for a variety of industries. For more information, visit 

“On behalf of Bartell and all its employees, we greatly appreciate the recognition,” said Pat Morocco, President of Bartell Machinery Systems. “This award is a testament to the extraordinary efforts of our employees and the positive culture they have built, company president Pat Morocco said.


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