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BLS Reports: On the Bright Side…. Manufacturing Continues to Drive Productivity Up

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that manufacturing productivity jumped 5.9 percent in the first quarter, reversing the previous quarter’s slower pace
. Output per hour for all workers in the sector rose 10.8 percent. Durable goods figures were more dramatic, with labor productivity up 10.2 percent and output increasing 15.6  

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Governor Cuomo Announces Education Reform Commission

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today established the New NY Education Reform Commission, bringing together nationally-recognized education, community, and business leaders to recommend reforms to the state’s education system in order to improve performance in the classroom so that all of New York’s students are fully prepared for their futures.

The Commission will examine the current structure  

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The Third Industrial Revolution

This week The Economist writes of a “Third Industrial Revolution” arguing the the latest “digital” Industrial Revolution allows for greater customization and flexibility and may eventually lead to a return to more of the cottage based industries that were replaced by the first industrial revolution in the late 18th century.

Read about it here:

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Council of Industry Announces 2012 Manufacturing Champions

The Council of Industry, the manufacturer’s association of the Hudson Valley, is proud to announce the recipients of the 2012 Manufacturing Champions Award. This honor is bestowed on individuals from both the public and private sector and an organization who through vision, dedication, hard work and tireless involvement have helped to overcome some of the many obstacles faced by manufacturers  

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Jobs Report – Good News / Bad news

First the good news regarding the March Jobs Report, The manufacturing sector added 37,000 jobs in March, and manufacturing, as we all know, is a bell weather of the overall economy so this positive number bodes well for the future.

Now the bad news – everything else in the report is disappointing to say the least. For me the most discouraging number was the precipitous decline in the workforce.  

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The Times Gets it Right (this time) on Innovation and Manufacturing

“Innovation — not manufacturing —has always propelled this country’s progress. A strategy to reward manufacturers who increase their payroll in the United States may not be as effective as one to support the firms whose creations — whether physical stuff or immaterial services — can conquer world markets and pay for the jobs of the rest of us.”

That is the gist of the story  

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Election 2012: Voter Education Is Key to Manufacturing’s Success

By Ned Monroe, NAM, senior vice president, external affairs

This January not only marked the start of a new business year; it also kicked off a critical presidential election year. Candidates are flooding the airwaves and social media sites with their plans to improve the economy and support manufacturers in America. Whether running for the White House or the court house, candidates are discussing  

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Gillibrand Announces Support for Skills Gap Legislation

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand cited the Manufacturing Institute’s Survey in making the case for her support of legislation intended to improve the nation’s manufacturing training infrastructure.

Gillibrand referred to the 2011 survey by the Manufacturing Institute and said that “more than 600,000 manufacturing jobs are unfilled due to a shortage of skilled workers. Two-thirds  

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Survey: Rising Energy and Raw Material Costs Dampen Optimism

A NAM/Industry Week Survey of manufacturers shows that many firms are predicting higher sales and employment in 2012, but that the rising costs of energy and raw materials are cause for concern.

Chad Moutray, chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers, wrote in the last NAM/IndustryWeek Survey of Manufacturers released in December, “the percentage of manufacturers who were  

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Council speaks up for manufacturing in Albany

The Council of Industry as a member of the Manufacturers Alliance spent two days this month meeting with state lawmakers on issues of importance to our members.  Harold King moderated a panel discussion with Assembly and Senate members.  For a brief video clip from that session or to watch Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos speaking to the group, go to our channel at, 

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NBC Nightly News Reports of Skills Gap in Manufacturing

NBC Nightly News (3/8, story 4, 2:05, Williams) reported, “Even with so many Americans still unemployed, some companies, manufacturers in particular, are having trouble finding workers.” NBC (LeBeau) added, “Over the last two years American manufacturers have hired more than 400,000 workers. At the same time the number of manufacturing jobs unfilled has more than doubled to 264,000”  

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Skills Gap/Business Climate Dominated Discussions at Manufacturing Days

The fact that manufacturing is vital to the growth of the economy in New York, and to the corollary of improving the state government’s financial situation, seems to have sunk in to the legislators and administration officials who attended and participated in the Manufacturing Alliance of New York States annual Manufacturing Days March 5 and 6 in Albany. What should, and more importantly  

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Skills Gap Challenges Hudson Valley Manufacturers

The nationwide shortage of skilled workers is finally receiving some attention in the national media and it’s being talked about at times on the campaign trail by incumbents and candidates running for State Representative and Congress. Here in the Hudson Valley Council of Industry training programs are filled, and that’s a positive development but much more is needed. Recently two Hudson  

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“Stackable” Certifications Are Key to Attracting Workers to Manufactuirng

The NAM Manufacturing Institute has developed a “stackable” skills program that will make it much more attractive for people, particularly young people, to get into the field of manufacturing.

The program ends the false choice that young people must choose between a trade or college by providing a path to skill certificate – associates degree – bachelors degree – graduate  

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State Of the Union – Administrations Actions Don’t Match the Words

The NAM Press Release on the State of the Union and the Administration’s discussion of manufacturing is dead on.

Here is a sample:

“The Obama Administration must take action to put an end to the rampant overregulation and overreach by the National Labor Relations Board and the Environmental Protection Agency. We need action on comprehensive tax reform that will lower the corporate tax  

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Empire State Manufacturing Survey Points to Growth

Manufacturing in the New York region expanded in January at the fastest pace in nine months, reflecting improving orders, sales and employment.
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s general economic index rose to 13.5, the highest level since April, from a revised 8.2 in December.
On a series of supplementary survey questions, 51 percent of respondents indicated that they expect their  

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Manufacturing Jobs, One Towns Story

Heard on Morning Edition

January 12, 2012 – STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Manufacturing employment in this country is expanding. In fact, the labor department says that in 2011, more manufacturing jobs were added than in any year since the 1990s. Still, manufacturing employment is not what it was, as will be apparent, when we look more closely in the coming days, at South Carolina, a manufacturing state  

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NPR Story Contrasts “Old” and “New” Manfuacturing

The Media is finally starting to understand not only the important role manufacturing plays in our economy, but also its high tech, high skill nature. In this article from NPR’s Morning Edition, Correspondent Adam Davidson visits Greenville South Carolina to discuss manufacturing’s past and future. Mr. Davidson was a guest at a Council of Industry Directors meeting in November of  

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Online Marketing Review for 2012

Before they decide, the go online.  Your outbound marketing touches a buyer, but before they move ahead, they do their homework. They go online to see what they find about you and your company. The reason for this is that we no longer trust advertising. Research consistently tells us ads are trusted by only 14% of those seeing them.  What people do trust is online ratings and reviews, videos  

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