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American Made Holiday Gift Ideas

The holiday season is officially in full swing! If you're struggling to find a gift for everyone on your list try scrolling through the Alliance for American Manufacturing's 2018 Made in America Holiday Gift Guide. There's something for everyone, and you can support jobs and local economies in the process! Link to the full list in this post.

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MFG Day Inspires Americans to Imagine Themselves as Manufacturing Workers

Manufacturing Day is the opportunity many manufacturers have been looking for to change the old perceptions about manufacturing and show the public what modern manufacturing really looks like. Find out more about how MFG Day is helping to increase awareness about careers in manufacturing in this post.

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The Many Advantages of Apprenticeship Programs

Apprentice Programs can help companies retain quality employees, inspire a culture of learning and growth, and lessen the industry-wide skills gap. Learn more about these advantages and how they contribute to a company's long-term success in this post.

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Meet Rob – Apprentice at Zierick Manufacturing

Meet Rob, an apprentice at Zierick Manufacturing. Rob has spent the past 4 years at Zierick as a Tool Room Apprentice, and recently registered as an apprentice in The Council of Industry’s NYS Registered Apprenticeship Program. Learn more about his journey to becoming an apprentice in this post.

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Meet Zach – Apprentice at Stanfordville Machine

Meet Zachary, an apprentice at Stanfordville Machine. Zach has spent the past 3 months at Stanfordville as a Machine Operator, and recently registered as a pre-apprentice in The Council of Industry’s NYS Registered Apprenticeship Program. Learn more about his journey to becoming an apprentice in this post.

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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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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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Empire State Manufacturing Survey: The Good News Continues

Federal Reserve

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

Federal Reserve

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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