Category Archives: Manufacturing

American Made Movie – Tonight

The local debut and screening of the American Made Movie, a new documentary, will take place at the Proctors GE Theatre in Schenectady tonight, Tuesday, January 21 at 6:30 p.m.  A panel discussion that features The Business Council’s Vice President of Government Affairs Ken Pokalsky will take place after the movie.  Pokalsky will discuss manufacturing and jobs from a statewide perspective and discuss the Made in New York program.

Other panelists include U.S. Congressman Paul Tonko; Vice President for State Governmental Affairs Brian Lombardozzi with the Alliance for American Manufacturing; President Dr. Quintin Bullock of Schenectady County Community College; Senior Advisor, Marketing and Government Affairs Traute (Trudy) Lehner with SuperPower Inc.; and President Alessandro Gerbini of Gatherer’s Granola.

Tickets to the American Made Movie event are $5.00, available online at and at the Proctors box office. Proceeds from the event will benefit a one-time scholarship for a YouthBuild participant who will be pursuing a Manufacturing Technology program at Schenectady County Community College.

Arrive early for a Networking hour from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm where a dozen local manufacturers, sponsors and/or stakeholders will have table displays and information in the atrium of the GE Theatre.

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American Made Movie – January 21, 2014

The GE Theatre at Proctors in Schenectady will present the movie American Made Movie on Tuesday, January 21 and will feature a post-move panel discussion that includes The Business Council’s Vice President of Government Affairs Ken Pokalsky as a panelist.  Pokalsky will provide a statewide perspective on this issue of American manufacturing and highlight our Made In New York program.

This compelling new documentary explores the impact of American manufacturing on both ordinary citizens and the national economy.  American manufacturing employment has been on the decline for decades, unleashing a devastating effect on our local and national economies. Fortunately, people are making a difference by doing their part in their local communities.  Be inspired by individual and corporate efforts highlighted in this new critically acclaimed documentary.

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FuzeHub aims to spur manufacturing growth

FuzeHub, is a new collaborative resource platform developed to spur the growth of New York State manufacturers.  FuzeHub aims to better connect small and medium sized manufacturing companies to a wealth of State technology resources, including the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, universities, economic development organizations, and other state programs to help these businesses overcome challenges, encouraging innovation and driving economic growth and job creation.

FuzeHub provides a new way for companies to connect directly to the expertise they need on a 24/7 basis by submitting their requests online at  A core team of technical and manufacturing professionals will respond within 48 hours and work with the companies through live, one-on-one discussions to identify business challenges and provide targeted connections to the specific set of experts and resources needed.

This federally funded initiative was developed in partnership between Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology & Innovation (NYSTAR) and the U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

For more information on FuzeHub, please visit

Fourth Annual Manufacturing Careers Day

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Partners for Education and Business, Inc. (PEB), an affiliate of the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY), held its fourth annual Manufacturing Careers Day program last week at Welch Allyn in Skaneateles Falls. More than 500 students, educators and business leaders participated in education and business partnership program that kicked off New York State Manufacturing Month.

Andy Clapper, chief manufacturing and supply chain officer at Welch Allyn, opened up Careers Day with opening remarks that welcomed students and business leaders in attendance and emphasized the critical importance of early education that provides pathways into successful careers, including manufacturing.

“We were thrilled to host PEB and MACNY’s fourth annual Manufacturing Careers Day at our corporate headquarters,” said Clapper. “Our collective goal is to expose middle and high school students to a myriad of potential career paths and spark a greater interest in the STEM fields.  These students are our future leaders, so we want to turn them on to careers that they may have never even thought possible—right here in their own backyard.”

“For 20 years now, PEB has worked with our community leaders, businesses, educators and students on ways we can constantly improve how we can reach students and educate them on the many careers and opportunities available,“ said Joe Vargo, executive director of PEB. “Our Manufacturing Careers Day, a program of the Advanced Manufacturing Sector, is just one fine example of the programs that PEB and the Sector continue to deliver that bring our community together to achieve success for our students, businesses and region.

Since 2010, Manufacturing Careers Day has served as an annual opportunity for regional middle, high school and community college students to visit local participating manufacturing companies and learn firsthand about the many benefits, opportunities and careers available in the manufacturing sector.

MACNY will hold Manufacturing Month activities over the course of October and can be accessed by visiting our website at

Forum focuses on more manufacturing

GlobalFoundries and The Aspen Institute hosted a forum at the Saratoga Springs City Center recently to help parents and teachers understand more about manufacturing jobs and the skills students need if they want to pursue manufacturing as a career. Speakers at the event pointed out that parents frequently don’t understand that today’s manufacturing jobs are very different than the labor-intensive jobs of the past.

The forum also focused on the revitalization of manufacturing in the U.S. and that government policies need to encourage more of it.

GlobalFoundries’ investment in manufacturing in the Capital Region, along with the state university’s College of Nanoscale Sciences and Engineering in Albany, have created a central role for New York’s Capital Region in advanced manufacturing and technology research.

Manufacturing Day 2013

The second annual Manufacturing Day is set for this Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. The day showcases the importance of manufacturing nationwide and illustrates is impact on the economy.

Many New York businesses are participating, member companies holding events include Tough Traveler in Schenectady – offering a factory tour – and SUNYIT in Utica – hosting a National Manufacturing Day Conference, “The Resurgence of Manufacturing in NY.”  SUNY’s Clinton Community College will also host an event.

A column in the Olean Times Herald from John Stahley general manager of Dresser-Rand Co. in Olean focuses on the importance of Manufacturing to New York’s economy and what it means to celebrate Manufacturing Day.

Is your company holding a Manufacturing Day event?  Let us know and we will post it on our blog; contact Kristin Legere.

Getting New York’s economy going again through manufacturing is a matter central to The Business Council.  At our 2013 Annual Meeting, held last week at The Sagamore Resort, The Council announced the Upstate Futurist Project, aimed at revitalizing the upstate New York economy focusing on creating solutions to the most pressing issues hindering economic development and business growth in upstate New York and on leveraging the region’s strengths to make upstate New York economically vibrant.

For more on the Upstate Futurist visit The Council’s website.

GE deal with Algeria — $2.7 billion turbine order

The country of Algeria placed a $2.7 billion order with GE in Schenectady, N.Y. for power plant turbines and generators — one of the largest orders in GE’s history.

The GE plant in Schenectady will produce 12 steam turbines for six new combined-cycle power plants being built in Algeria.

GE spokeswoman Chris Horne told The Times Union that “steam turbines each take between 12 and 18 months to build, and that the Algerian order will provide ‘a significant portion’ of the factory’s work over the next two years.”

The Schenectady plant employs 1,150 hourly workers —450 of which have been hired over the past two years.

GE will earn $1.9 billion for supplying six Algerian plants with turbines that will power as many as 8 million homes in addition to supplying mobile gas turbines and other power plant equipment.

NY job climate in 2015

The New York Post is warning that New York state will lose thousands of “well-paid back-office, finance, tech and manufacturing jobs over the next 48 months.”

The article points out that although New York has recovered all the jobs it lost during the 2008 recession, the new jobs are lower-paying jobs just above minimum wage and don’t have the same benefits.

According to research by The Hackett Group, a global strategic advisory firm, firms are not replacing employees that quit or retire. The company projects that North American job losses will total 1.85 million between 2002 to 2017, hundreds of thousands of them in New York.

Manufacturing employment declined in New York by 3.6 percent for the 12 months ending in June 2013.

Bringing back New York as a manufacturing state will be the central focus of The Business Council’s 2013 Annual Meeting being held this week at The Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing.

Tough Traveler factory tour

Tough Traveler will celebrate National Manufacturing Day with factory tours of their Schenectady, N.Y. facility on Saturday, October 5, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Light refreshments will be provided.  The Tour includes how Tough Traveler’s USA Luggage, Bag is made as well as backpack designing and manufacturing.  Tough Traveler is also offering a 10-percent discount to visitors participating in the tour.

Tough Traveler is located in Schenectady, N.Y., where they have been manufacturing quality luggage, backpacks, baby / child carriers, and many other products, for more than 40 years.

For more information about the tour or Tough Traveler products, contact Tough Traveler at [email protected]

Thomas Friedman on innovation

Thomas Friedman’s op-ed in the New York Times highlights American innovation and how technology allows companies, like General Electric, to develop products faster and more efficiently. Engineers can use three-dimensional, computer-aided design software to design the parts on a computer screen, then transmit it to a 3-D printer, which builds the piece out.  It can then be tested immediately.

Friedman recently toured General Electric’s research lab in Niskayuna, just north of Albany to see what new technologies, business models — and therefore jobs — could be brought about, in addition to the influence on public and education policy.