Meet Greg – Apprentice at Viking Industries

Meet Greg, an apprentice at Viking Industries. Greg has spent that last 9 years at Viking as an Industrial Mechanic.  He spends his days fixing, repairing and troubleshooting everything from forklifts to press machines. Learn more about his journey to becoming an apprentice inside.

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Pawling Corporation: Sealing Economic Growth in the Hudson Valley One Gasket at a Time

Family-owned companies have been the backbone of the Hudson Valley for decades; helping to provide economic growth to many communities. Pawling Corporation in Wassaic, New York is no exception. Click to read more about Pawling and its CEO Jason Smith.

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The Council of Industry’s Collaborative Recruiting Program Is Helping Hudson Valley Manufacturers Find the Talent they Need

When Johnnieanne Hansen began her role as Director of Workforce Development and Apprentice Coordinator for the Council of Industry her first priority was to recruit companies to participate in the newly formed Intermediary Apprentice Program. As she began to pitch the idea she found that many Hudson Valley manufacturers also needed help with recruiting. Thus, in Spring 2018 the Collaborative Recruiting Initiative was hatched.

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Your March 2019 Empire State Manufacturing Survey Results

The results for the March 2019 Empire State Manufacturing Survey are in and continue to suggest growth throughout the industry! Find a link to the full-report for a more detailed look at the results in this post.

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Inspirational Female Leadership in the Hudson Valley

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we reflect on inspirational leaders who have had an impact right here in the Hudson Valley. HV MFG sat down with Gretchen Zierick who is the president and CEO of Zierick Manufacturing Corporation. Click the article to read more.

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The Need for Women in Manufacturing

Since March is Women’s History Month we wanted to take this opportunity to talk about women in manufacturing. Today women represent nearly half of the total US workforce (47%), yet they comprise less than a third (27%) of manufacturing jobs. Find out what we can do to change these statistics in this post.

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The Blue-Collar Drought

Many people believed that robots and machines would one day take over blue-collar jobs, however, it’s actually resulted in the exact opposite. Artificial intelligence, robotics and the internet have only created more jobs. Find out the causes behind the ongoing blue-collar drought and the initiatives being put in place to combat it.

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A Family Business Sweeting Up the Hudson Valley and Beyond

Have you ever thought about the manufacturing that went into that scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream you had after dinner? Star Kay White Inc. is a family owned business that has been making flavoring materials for various food and beverage products since 1890. Read more about them inside.

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SUNY New Paltz Advanced Manufacturing Center receives Central Hudson Development Grant

Earlier this month Central Hudson awarded the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz a $200,000 Wired Innovation Centers grant to enhance the Center’s 3D metal printing capabilities. Learn more in this post.

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February 2019 Empire State Manufacturing Survey

The results for the February 2019 Empire State Manufacturing Survey are in and they’re much more positive than January. Find a link to the full-report for a more detailed look at the results in this post.

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Elements of an Effective Internship

The first month of Spring Semester has flown by and college students are beginning to think about summer internship opportunities. Learn more about how to create a successful and mutually beneficial internship experience in this post!

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Manufacturing Alliance to Focus on Workforce and Taxes this Legislative Session

The New York State Manufacturing Alliance, of which the Council of Industry is a founding partner, is focusing on two issues of vital importance to manufacturing businesses across the Hudson Valley and the State – Workforce Development and Taxes. Learn more about how we're advocating for continued support in this post.

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What To Do About Millennials & Generation Z in the Manufacturing Workplace

Guest blogger Skip Weisman, President and Owner of Creating Your Championship Company, discusses some of the many advantages of having Millennials and Generation Z enter the workforce. Find out more in this post.

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Bringing Maintenance and Repairs into the Era of Cloud Technology

CloudVist, a local business located in Putnam County, recently launched a new software that has the potential to transform the way we preform maintenance, repairs and inspections. Learn more about their remote inspection software in this post.

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New York Minimum Wage Increases

An increase in the minimum wage, intended to eventually bring New York’s state minimum wage to $15 an hour, went into effect on December 31. As a result of a measure signed into law in April 2016, the state will continue to see minimum wage increases implemented on a regional basis. The state’s current basic minimum wage is $10.40 an hour.

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Create Your Championship Company Culture By Modeling a World Series Champion

Guest blogger Skip Weisman offers advice on how to create a Championship Company Culture that will achieve high-performance resultsFind out some of his tips and tricks inside.

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COI Collaborate Recruitment Initiative Success Story

Debra Sherman, the Human Resources Director at Fair-Rite Products, joined the Council of Industry's Collaborative Recruitment Initiative about 10 months ago. Since then she has managed to fill 16 of their open positions. Learn more about the benefits of this initiative and if it could be right for you inside.

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NAM Outlook Survey Results Show Record Breaking Optimism in 2018

For the last 20 years the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has conducted the Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey. This year manufacturers reported record breaking optimism, with 92.4 percent of manufacturers surveyed reporting a positive outlook for their companies. Link to full survey results inside.

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How to Attract Veterans

Guest blogger Michaela Ryan discusses a new method of attracting experienced workers through the use of Military Occupational Specialty codes (MOS codes). To find out what MOS codes are and how they can help you attract skilled veterans to your open positions read more in this post.

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Preparing for the New Era of Manufacturing

The fourth Industrial Revolution is in full-swing and manufacturers are spending billions on IIoT initiatives. When planning for this new era of manufacturing there are several steps you can take to build a more successful digital strategy. Read more in this post.

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