Honoring Ralf Ludwig upon the occasion of his designation as a 2013 SUNY New Paltz School of Business Hall of Fame inductee as Busin...

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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;
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;
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;
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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