Resolution J1754-2013

Honoring Ralf Ludwig upon the occasion of his designation as a 2013 SUNY New Paltz School of Business Hall of Fame inductee as Business Person of the Year, on May 9, 2013

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  • May 7, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 7, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 3, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring  Ralf  Ludwig upon the occasion of his
designation as a 2013 SUNY New Paltz School of  Business  Hall  of  Fame
inductee as Business Person of the Year, on May 9, 2013

WHEREAS,  It  is the custom of this Legislative Body to take note of and
publicly  acknowledge  individuals  who  have  distinguished  themselves
through  their  exemplary careers, accomplishments, and purposeful lives
of service to their community; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Ralf
Ludwig  upon  the  occasion  of his designation as a 2013 SUNY New Paltz
School of Business Hall of Fame inductee as Business Person of the Year;
and
  WHEREAS, The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Thurs-
day, May 9, 2013, at the Wiltwyck Golf Club in Kingston, New York; and
  WHEREAS, A man of singular distinction, Ralf  Ludwig  has  continually
demonstrated extreme competence, extraordinary intelligence and diligent
leadership  in  his unwavering service to both his community and profes-
sion and consequently has been selected for this most prestigious honor;
and
  WHEREAS, Ralf Ludwig is the CEO and a principal of Wolf-tec,  Inc.,  a
manufacturer  of  industrial  meat processing equipment in Kingston, New
York; and
  WHEREAS, Wolf-tec began as an importer of industrial  meat  processing
equipment  and  a  sales and service company; it was founded in 1977, in
the garage of the family home, by Ralf Ludwig's father, Wolfgang Ludwig,
ten years after the family had immigrated  to  the  United  States  from
Germany; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1980,  Ralf  Ludwig  returned  to Germany to complete an
apprenticeship in machine building; he received his degree in  1984  and
worked  at  various  equipment manufacturers in the German meat industry
before returning home to a sales position in the family business; and
  WHEREAS, At that time Wolf-tec employed fewer than 10 people and  sold
equipment  manufactured by European companies to the American meat proc-
essing industry; however, in the early 1990's, Ralf  Ludwig  reorganized
the company and began to expand its services; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1993,  Ralf  Ludwig  started designing and manufacturing
Wolf-tec's own line of equipment which was launched in 1994; the  market
responded well and, in 1997, Wolf-tec expanded from Highland to Kingston
to  increase manufacturing capacity, and the company emerged as a steady
manufacturing employer in Ulster County; for the past 11  years,  Hormel
has awarded Wolf-tec its "Spirit of Excellence" Award; and
  WHEREAS,  Today, Wolf-tec is recognized as a global leader in the meat
processing industry, with business ventures in South America,  Australia
and  parts of Europe, and many patents; the company sets industry stand-
ards and brings innovation and food safety to the forefront  of  one  of
the world's oldest industries; and
  WHEREAS,  Having  established  Wolf-tec  as  a technology leader, Ralf
Ludwig continues to look ahead to the needs  of  the  industry  and  has
focused his company on the emerging importance of U.S. manufacturing and
the  competitive advantage that the advancing technologies of automation
can bring to the Hudson Valley; and
  WHEREAS, He credits his entrepreneurial spirit to his father, who made
the bold move from Germany to America with his wife and two small  sons,
unfamiliar  with  American  culture,  not yet able to speak English, but
committed to success; this pioneering attitude drives Ralf Ludwig  every
day; and

  WHEREAS,  Ralf  Ludwig has been called upon to contribute his time and
talents to countless civic and charitable endeavors and has always given
of himself unstintingly; and
  WHEREAS, Carrying the spirit of innovation and high standards into the
community, Ralf Ludwig actively supports SUNY Delhi's efforts to develop
curricula that will meet the needs of a high tech-automation manufactur-
ing world; and
  WHEREAS,  Ralf  Ludwig  has  also  been  involved with youth; he was a
co-founding coach of the Rondout Valley Youth Football League,  as  well
as  an  active  supporter  of  Rondout  Valley  High School's program to
increase awareness of science and technology among high school students;
and
  WHEREAS, With him throughout have been his wife,  Annette,  and  their
five children, Natasha, Alex, Jean Luc, Tomas and Gabriella, all of whom
feel  privileged  to  be  a part of his life and rejoice in his achieve-
ments; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that  when  individ-
uals  of  such  noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our atten-
tion, they should be celebrated and recognized by all  the  citizens  of
the great State of New York; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Ralf Ludwig upon the occasion of his designation as  a  2013  SUNY
New Paltz School of Business Hall of Fame inductee as Business Person of
the Year; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Ralf Ludwig.

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