Eric Armenat and Mike McQueeney on Corporate Turnarounds

Guest Bloggers Noa Simons and Luke Stangel from Upstate Capital Association of New York discuss Eric Armenat and Mike McQueeney's hands on approach to corporate turnarounds. Read more in this post. 

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The Race Between Humans and Robots

Humans are coming out on top in the race between humans and robots. Many manufacturing companies believe that the risks associated with huge investments in equipment just simply aren't worth it. Investing in human capital seems to be the trend of the future. Find out more in this post. 

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STEM: THE GATEWAY TO HIGHER PAYING JOBS

It's expected that jobs in the STEM field will grow at faster rate between 2014 and 2024 than jobs overall. The growing economy is increasing demand, and pay is increasing with it. Learn more about which specific jobs are the most in demand in this post. 

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Tomorrow’s Technology and Skill Sets: A Perpetual State of Flux

Guest Blogger Elisha Tropper, CEO of Cambridge Security Seals, discusses the imminent Fourth Industrial Revolution and its potential impacts on the manufacturing industry and workforce. Read more in this post. 

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Increase Hiring Success in 5 Simple Steps

Today's candidate-driven job market is forcing employers to update their hiring processes to remain competitive. Learn 5 simple steps to improving your interview process in this post. 

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2018 Manufacturing Employment Trends

Several employment trends in 2018 made a significant impact on the manufacturing industry. Check out this post for a full list of trends and how they individually affected the workplace.

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A Value Proposition with an Altruistic Twist

Guest blogger Stephen Casa discusses the importance of getting students enrolled in local BOCES programs, and further elaborates on what these programs offer. Learn more in this post.

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The Future of Manufacturing is Sustainable

Manufacturing companies have begun embracing their environmental responsibility, and are actively finding ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Learn more about what manufacturing companies are doing to become more sustainable. 

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Empire State Manufacturing Survey: The Good News Continues

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Great news for manufacturers in the Hudson Valley: The August 2018 results for the Empire State Manufacturing Survey once again indicate robust growth, and the optimistic projections for the future imply more good news is on the way. Learn more, and find a link to the full report in this post.

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Bring Back Vocational Training

The United States education system has been slowly removing vocational training from high schools since the 1960s. High school curriculum is now much more focused on preparing students for college. Bringing back vocational training would help expose these students to other options and would be beneficial to high school students and the entire manufacturing industry at large. Read more in this post.

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There’s Gold in the Hills of the Hudson Valley

As I travel around the Hudson Valley meeting with various leaders in industry, I hear the same concern: “We can’t find enough qualified employees to fill the positions that are being left vacant by retirement, innovation, etc.” This is where a value added strategy can benefit employers: developing collaborative partnerships with education.

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Manufacturing Company Offers Drug Treatment Program to Applicants

Belden, a manufacturing company in Richmond, Indiana, extrudes, weaves, and coats wires that are used in television and Internet installation. The company has been in operation for over a century and is the second largest employer in Wayne County. However, more recently the company is getting attention for their drug treatment program. The program, paid for by the company, allows job applicants  

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New York Manufactures Forecast Continued Growth

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Each month the Federal Reserve Bank of New York distributes the Empire State Manufacturing Survey to about 200 manufacturing companies throughout New York State to analyze industry performance. Around 100 of the 200 companies contacted complete the questionnaire, which asks them to report on specific performance indicators and offer their projections for the upcoming months. The respondents are  

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Meet Lane – Tool & Die Maker at Schatz Bearing

Lane Mitchell has been working at Schatz Bearing Corporation for the last 11 months as a Tool & Die Maker, and he’s also the newest feature in our video about careers in manufacturing. The Council of Industry’s project, Go Make It, has recently worked with Stage 6 Media to create a video that would highlight Lane’s journey as a toolmaker.

Lane was in high school when jobs within the manufacturing  

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How Construction Points to a Strong Hudson Valley Economy

By Guest Blogger Amy Greiner

Good news! Economic activity in the lower Hudson Valley continues to flourish and move solidly forward. New multi-family buildings, medical, biotechnology and healthcare projects remain as the primary market-drivers, helping the spur a rate of construction in the region that’s not only out-pacing other industries, but also affecting them.

A look at multi-family construction  

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The Potential of Augmented Reality to Reshape Worker Training

Could augmented reality, or AR, be the way forward for the manufacturing workforce? Can AR, an interactive experience of a real-world environment whose elements are "augmented" by computer-generated perceptual information, solve manufacturing problems?

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The Factory of Tomorrow

There’s been so much written lately about the future of manufacturing and how new technology, everything from robots to 3D printing, will change the industry. But what will the factory look like when all this emerging tech finally comes together? This fascinating article uses real world examples to paint a picture of what a factory in the Internet-of-Things era might look like:

The contours  

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