Manufacturing Champions Honored at Council of Industry Award Breakfast

Each year the Council of Industry recognizes the individuals and organizations, who through vision, dedication, hard work, and tireless involvement have helped to overcome some of the many obstacles faced by manufacturers in the Hudson Valley community making it possible for manufacturers and their employees to prosper. Learn more about this years Manufacturing Champions inside.

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Meet Mary Jane – Regional Director at the Workforce Development Institute (WDI)

Mary Jane is the Regional Director at the Workforce Development Institute (WDI) for the Hudson Valley. Her job is to work with partners in the region on expanding, promoting and retaining the workforce. Find out how she's helped the Council of Industry and many of its members inside.

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Meet Todd – Apprentice at Pietryka Plastics

Meet Todd, a Machine Operator at Pietryka Plastics for the past 7 months. Todd recently registered under the IMT trade in the Council of Industry's NYS Registered Apprentice Program. Learn more about his journey to becoming an apprentice inside.

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Meet Bruce – Apprentice at Elna Magnetics

Meet Bruce- a Machine Operator at Elna Magnetics for the past 6 months. Bruce recently joined the Council of Industry's registered apprentice program under the CNC Machinist trade. He began his manufacturing career in assembly and quickly worked his way up to becoming a machinist. Learn more about his journey to a career in manufacturing inside.

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One High School, One Principal, One BIG Impact

Manufacturing companies all over the Hudson Valley are eager to recruit and train the next generation of men and women to continue the legacy of building quality products used across the nation and overseas. A local high school principal and technology teacher are doing their part to make that a reality.  Read more about how one Hudson Valley high school is making a huge impact inside.

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Meet Josh – Apprentice at LoDolce Machine

Meet Josh, an apprentice at LoDolce Machine. Josh has been working at LoDolce for a little less than a year as a Machine Operator. He was recently registered under the CNC Machinist trade in the Council of Industry's Registered Apprentice Program. Learn more about his journey to becoming an apprentice inside.

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Workforce Diversity: New Ideas Within the Manufacturing Industry

When we think of diversity, many of us tend to think about physical characteristics. However, workplace diversity entails much more than that and for good reason. Click to read more about the importance of workforce diversity! 

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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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