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The Council of Industry

About The Council

The Council of Industry has been the manufacturer’s association for the Hudson Valley since 1910. We are a privately funded not-for-profit organization, whose mission is to promote the success of our member firms and their employees, and through them contribute to the success of the Hudson Valley Community. To fulfill this mission, the Council provides:

Training Programs

The Council of Industry has provided management training for manufacturers for more than fifty years. We are continually improving the content and direction of our training by keeping close contact with the needs of our members.

Manufacturing Leadership Certificate

The Certificate in Manufacturing Leadership is a comprehensive group of courses that prepares supervisors for their challenging positions at manufacturing facilities. This program requires all three core courses, “Fundamentals of Leadership,” “Making a Profit -Financial Issues in Manufacturing,” “Environmental Safety & Health Risk Management For Supervisors” followed by six of seven elective courses: “Problem Solving & Decision Making,” “Positive Motivation & Discipline,” “Effective Business Communication,” “High Performance Work Teams,” “Train the Trainer,” “Best Practices & Continuous Improvement,” and “Human Resources Management Issues in Manufacturing.”

Completion of this program leads to a Certificate in Manufacturing Leadership presented jointly by the Council of Industry and Dutchess Community College.

Click this link to learn more – Council of Industry – Certificate in Manufacturing Leadership.

Hudson Valley Consortium Training

The Council of Industry and a consortium of six Hudson Valley Community Colleges (Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan, Ulster, Rockland and Westchester) have been awarded a grant for the seventh year in a row by the State University of New York to subsidize training for Hudson Valley Manufacturing. This consortium award was the first of its kind statewide and a milestone in cooperation among the six colleges.

Through the annual grant process we attempt to implement as much training as possible. The types of courses offered through this program are constantly evolving and reflects the needs of our members. In the past SUNY grant funded training included Vacuum System Design, Photovoltaics, Lean Six Sigma and Yellow Belt training, Basic Programmable Logic Controls, Intermediate Electricity, Innovation Training, and Strategic Management to name a few.

Click this link to learn more – Council of Industry – Hudson Valley Consortium Training.

Refresher Training

The Council of Industry provides required regulatory refresher training including for the DOT, EPA and    OSHA. Click this link to learn more – Council of Industry – Regulatory Refresher Program.

 

Workforce Development

Attracting and retaining skilled and motivated people to work for our member manufacturers is a priority for The Council of Industry. For many of our members the lack of a skilled and ready workforce is their greatest impediment to growth.  For others the looming retirement of many of their most valuable people is of strategic concern.

To address both the near and longer-term workforce needs of our members’ the Council of Industry has initiated a Regional Manufacturing Sector Workforce Development Strategy.  This strategy will provide real time information on the workforce needs of the Hudson Valley manufacturing sector to educators, elected officials, economic development professionals and others so they can better allocate resources, encourage development of the appropriate skills and training, and build awareness about the many interesting and rewarding careers in manufacturing.

Initiatives under this strategy include:

GoMakeIt.org    

There continues to be a misconception about careers in manufacturing. In our region, much of our manufacturing is “modern, advanced manufacturing” requiring a high level of skill, creativity and problem solving, with new and well-paid jobs being created every day. However, the perception held by students, parents and educators is that manufacturing is unskilled assembly in unpleasant environments, for very little money with few jobs or career growth.

To tackle this perception, The Council of Industry launched a careers platform designed to help students, parents, and teachers explore the world of advanced manufacturing, and to find the information they need to pursue careers in our exciting industry.

The website, social media initiative and educator outreach is designed to help expose young people to the actual opportunities and career paths available in manufacturing. This will help shift perception and aid in developing future workers for our members.

After all, they are these young people are the future of our industry, and hopefully they’ll see that advanced manufacturing is the future of innovation in America.

 

New York State Manufacturing Alliance Apprenticeship Program  

The New York State Manufacturers Alliance – of which the Council of Industry is a founding member – has obtained funding from New York State to create The New York State Manufacturers Alliance Apprenticeship Program (NYSMAAP).  Administered in the Hudson Valley by the Council of Industry NYSMAAP is an employer-led public-private pilot program for registered apprentices in manufacturing occupations.

This apprenticeship has two basic elements. The first, On-the-Job Training (OJT), consists of a journey-level, craft person capable and willing to share their experience with an apprentice, in a hands-on manner. The second, Related Instruction (RI), consists of learning more theoretical or knowledge-based aspects of a craft.

This registered apprentice program will typically be three to four years in duration.

Registered Trades: (click here for info)

  • Machinist (CNC)
  • Electro-Mechanical Technician
  • Electronics Technician
  • Maintenance Mechanic (Automatic Equipment)
  • Quality Assurance Auditor
  • Toolmaker
  • Welder

 

Hudson Valley Pathways Academy 

The Council of Industry is pleased to be the Industry Partner for the Hudson Valley Pathways Academy, A P-TECH School located in Kingston NY.  The P-TECH model is comprised of a six-year pathway of study that leads to earning an associate’s degree and workforce readiness skills that puts graduates first in line for available positions with Council Members. At the Hudson Valley Pathways Academy, secondary educators, colleges, and industry leaders work together to build a program of study that will ensure student success through this educational journey.

 

Mfg Day  

The Council of Industry is pleased to be a Partner in Manufacturing Day. Manufacturing Day occurs on the first Friday in October. Manufacturing Day is an annual celebration of modern manufacturing during which manufacturers invite their communities — including students, educators, businesspeople, media, and politicians — to their facilities in a collective effort to educate visitors about manufacturing career opportunities and improve public perceptions of manufacturing.  The Council of Industry not only hosts its own public awareness event on Manufacturing Day but we also help members coordinate their events as well.

Matching Educators with Manufacturers

One of the most effective ways the Council of Industry helps to build tomorrow’s workforce is to connect educators, students and parents directly with member manufacturers and engineers.  By seeing first-hand the high tech processes and innovative products designed and built in our region we help dispel the myths about manufacturing and build awareness of the great career opportunities the manufacturing sector provides.

 

Discounts on Products and Services

The Council of Industry uses the leverage of its 135 member firms to secure discounts on products and services for our members. A partial list of these products and services include:

Electricity Program — The Council of Industry has formed a consortium to purchase electricity on a group aggregate basis for our member manufacturing firms. This program enables our members to better manage and control their electricity costs. Applying the leverage of our 160 member firms the Council of Industry has negotiated with Direct Energy Business, one of North America’s largest retail electricity suppliers, to be a preferred energy supplier for its members.

Click this link to learn more – Council of Industry – Energy.

Employee Search and Placement Services — A variety of discounts are available to members by Ethan Allen Personnel Group on Direct Placement, Temporary Staffing, Professional Employer Services, HR Compliance Audits, and Access to Ethan Allen’s HR Hotline. Click this link to learn more – Council of Industry – Ethan Allen Personnel Group.

Consulting Services — Council of Industry Consulting, like all Council of Industry services we have provided our members throughout our 100 year history, is in keeping with our mission to promote the success of our members and their employees. Areas of Expertise: Organizational Needs Assessment, Business Transformation, Risk Management, Marketing Strategy, Succession Planning, Sales Cultivation, Strategic Planning, Market Renewal, Project Management, Manufacturing Systems Evaluation, Plant Operations Enhancement, Building Team Trust and Collaboration, Products Design from Idea to Media Planning and Buying, Workforce Development, Patent Assessment, Creative Thinking and Problem Solving.

Click this link to learn more – Council of Industry – Consulting.

Affinity Insurance Program — Council member employees are eligible for discounts on homeowners and auto insurance through Ulster Insurance Services, Inc. and Travelers.

Click this link to learn more – Council of Industry – Affinity Insurance.

Captive Insurance Program — The Council of Industry Board of Directors has endorsed a captive insurance program that includes general liability, auto, and workers’ compensation policies for our membership provided exclusively through The Reis Group.

The group captive program is an insurance company that provides insurance to and is controlled by its owner members.  The program is individually underwritten and the underwriting criteria are very strict.  Only those members most committed to a safe workplace will be able to participate. Most of our members will meet the strict criteria and we therefore believe this program will result in significant savings to those who choose to participate. For those who don’t we will be happy to work with you to improve your situation.

Click here to get a consultation

 Networks

The Council of Industry offers numerous networking opportunities for members in various professions. The Environment, Health and Safety Network meets bimonthly to discuss issues of concern to compliance managers. The Council is a partner in the OSHA Alliance program and thus is able to offer presentations and training directly from OSHA personnel. The Human Resource Network meets bimonthly to discuss employment policies and practices. The Council also has a Global Business Network that meets as necessary to discuss issues affecting international trade and an Executives Network that meets quarterly to tour member facilities and discuss topics vital to manufacturers.

Click these links to learn more – Human Resources Network or Environmental Health & Safety Network.

Survey Data

Annual surveys of the wage, salary and benefit practices of the members are complied. These surveys provide a benchmark for member firm’s personnel policies as well as a picture of regional trends. The Council will also poll its members on various topics at any time at the request of any member.

Click this link to learn more – Council of Industry – Surveys

Events

Throughout the year the Council of Industry holds events where members and associate members are able to meet and mingle. These events also provide excellent sponsorship and public relations opportunities for our members. Events include: Annual Luncheon & Member/Associate Member Expo, Manufacturing Champion Award Breakfast, and a Golf Outing.

Click this link to learn more – Council of Industry – Events

Public Affairs & Advocacy

The Council’s government relations service gives members a louder voice on legislative issues affecting their businesses. Representing over 160 firms in New York’s Hudson Valley, the organization’s staff is active on critical public policy issues, ranging from state energy programs to workers’ compensation to Medicaid. The Council of Industry is a founding member of the Manufacturers Alliance of New York State, an association of like-minded organizations that support manufacturing. Together the organizations that form the Manufacturers Alliance represent over 1,000 firms in every region of the state.

Click this link to learn more – Council of Industry – Advocacy.

HV Mfg.

The Council of Industry has partnered with Ad Essentials to publish a twice yearly magazine, HV Mfg. The Spring edition also serves as the Council of Industry Membership Directory listing all our Members and Associate Members along with a brief description of their products and services.

HV Mfg. features articles that both inform manufacturers of current trends in the sector (for example the latest in supply chain management and lean/six sigma) and educate the general population – most especially educators and public officials – of the vital role manufacturing plays in our region’s economy and what can be done to support the sector.

We distribute three thousand copies of the magazine to our members, other manufacturers, elected officials, economic developers and secondary and post secondary educators.  A digital edition of the publication is also be available online that contain “click-throughs” to advertisers websites. For information on advertising in HV Mfg. follow this link: Council of Industry advertising opportunities.

Click this link to see our Member Listings – Council of Industry – Members.

 

Officers:

  • President:
  • Jason Smith – Pawling Corporation
  • First Vice President:
  • George Quigley – Stavo Industries
  • Second Vice President:
  • Richard Croce – Viking Industries
  • Treasurer:
    Michael Flynn – M&T Bank

Directors:

  • Howard Jones – Ametek Rotron
  • Russell Yeager* – Arconic Fastening Systems & Rings
  • Stephen Burger – Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation
  • Mark Kastner – The Chazen Companies
  • John Malmgreen* – Eastern Alloys
  • Jack Effron* – EFCO Products
  • Joe Ferraro – Elna Magnetics
  • Joseph Saltarelli eMagin Corporation
  • Frank Falatyn* – Fala Technologies
  • Richard Gillette – Gillette Creamery
  • Tim McMorris – Marco Manufacturing 
  • Cedric Glasper – Mechanical Rubber Products
  • Justin Lukach – Micromold Products
  • Darren Doherty* – Package Pavement Company
  • Richard Goldberg – President Container Corporation
  • Stephen Pomeroy* – Schatz Bearing Corporation
  • Peter Stanway – Selux Corporation
  • Neal Johnsen – Stanfordville Machine
  • Antonio Vinciguerra – TD Bank

* Past President

Staff:

  • Executive Vice President
    Harold King
  • Director of Member Programs & Services
    Alison Butler
  • Director of Workforce Development & Apprenticeship Program Coordinator
    Johnnieanne Hansen
  • Communication Coordinator
    David King
  • Director of Government Affairs
    Karyn Burns

How to reach us:

Our offices are located at the beautiful Desmond Campus of Mount St. Mary College, 6 Albany Post Road, Newburgh, NY 12550. You can reach us by phone (845) 565-1355, or fax (845) 565-1427, or e-mail hking@councilofindustry.org or use our contact form.

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