CI News

Manufacturing Champions Honored at Council of Industry Award Breakfast

On Friday, May 17th, the Council honored the 2019 Manufacturing Champions at a breakfast held at the Powelton Club in Newburgh, NY. The Council of Industry was proud to honor Meghan Taylor, Director of the Mid-Hudson Region at the Empire State Development Corporation for the public sector;  Robb Engle, Vice President of Engineering at Sono-Tek Corporation for the private sector; Bryan Van Vliet, technology teacher at Saugerties High School as the educator champion; and the organizational award went to the Workforce Development Institute (WDI).

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Ex-Im Votes Empower Manufacturers to More Aggressively Compete Against China, Others

The NAM has been a leading proponent of restoring the Ex-Im Bank, which has supported 1.7 million American jobs over the past 10 years, to full functionality. This article contains National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons statement which was released after the Senate voted to confirm Export-Import Bank nominees Kimberly Reed, Judith DelZoppo Pryor and Spencer Bachus, a move that will significantly enhance manufacturers’ competitiveness against foreign nations, including China.

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EEOC Provides Pay Data Reporting Update

The past few weeks have seen a flow of new developments involving the recently reinstated EEO-1 pay data reporting obligations.  And Friday, May 3rd, was no exception.  At the same time EEOC was announcing its decision to collect pay data for 2017 as well as 2018, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) was filing a Notice of Appeal of Judge Tanya S. Chutkan’s Order reinstating the pay data reporting obligation.

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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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NAM Releases a Plan for Significant Infrastructure Investment

The NAM’s infrastructure blueprint, “Building to Win,” contains many commonsense funding measures that would appeal to both parties, and which the NAM promotes to Congress and the administration. Read National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons statement on this topic and "Building to Win."

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Consolidated Funding Application Resources and Workshops

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s REDC Round 9 initiative has been announced, with $750 million in state economic development resources available to fund regional economic development projects through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process. Find out about CFA Workshops and Information Sessions in the Mid-Hudson Region.

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Catching Up with the CI Networks

The Council of Industry network groups are an excellent resource for information and a great way to talk to other people in your field working in a variety of industries throughout the Hudson Valley. Find out what presentations were held in April and what we have in store for the coming months.

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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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Join Global NY’s Trade Mission to MEDTEC China 2019

Global NY is recruiting up to 10 NYS small businesses to participate in an organized trade mission to MEDTEC China 2019 in Shanghai. MEDTEC China, the leading medical device design and manufacturing exhibition in China, will take place on September 25-27, 2019 at the Shanghai World EXPO Exhibition & Convention Centre. For eligible companies, Global NY’s STEP grant can reimburse a significant portion of your exhibit, travel and accommodation expenses. You also will be eligible to apply for Global NY’s customized Export Marketing Assistance Service (EMAS) in China. Find out more.

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USMCA Passage is Critical for New York Manufacturers and Workers

Congressional passage of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement will help New York manufacturers grow in the United States, compete globally and support millions of well-paying manufacturing jobs across the country. Find out more in this Fact Sheet from NAM.

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North American Trade – The Importance of the USMCA

More than 25 years under the original North American Free Trade Agreement entered into force, the three countries came together to modernize this decades old agreement resulting in the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement that was signed in November 2018. The NAM strongly supports passage of the USMCA as soon as possible this year to ensure manufacturers can grow with certainty with our most important commercial trading partners—Canada and Mexico. Find out more in this article and links from The National Association of Manufacturers.

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AI in Manufacturing: Nascent, But on a Fast Track

In an attempt to separate the hype from the reality of AI, and to take the measure of where AI and its cousin machine learning stand in manufacturing today, the Manufacturing Leadership Council undertook its first ever survey on manufacturers’ attitudes, plans, projects, and expectations with the technology earlier this year. Read about their findings and more in this article from NAM and the Manufacturing Leadership Council.

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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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New York State Legislators and Governor Cuomo Agree to a $175 Billion Budget Plan

State leaders announced Sunday they reached a budget deal just in time for the fiscal year that starts Monday.  The $175.5 billion plan includes an array of deals, but leaves a few major decisions undone — such as legalizing marijuana and creating a board to decide how to publicly finance political campaigns.

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Possession Of A Medical Marijuana Card Alone Does Not Prove Marijuana Use, Appeals Court Holds

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to dismiss a medical marijuana-using applicant’s disability discrimination claim because he did not state that he actually used marijuana at the time of his interview — even though he provided a copy of his medical marijuana card – and was not subjected to a drug test.

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HR Network Meeting Recap: Drug Testing

The legalization of medical marijuana and the increasing rise in opioid abuse has made drug testing a hot topic for human resource professionals. The Council of Industry HR Network met on March 27th for presentations by Kathryn Russo, Jackson Lewis PC, and Robyn Seidman and Jean Strella, RJS Solutions LLC, on both the legal aspect and the best practices for drug testing and dealing with substance abuse in the workplace. With over 30 attendees this is one of our largest network meetings and Council member Access: Supports for Living hosted and provided a delicious lunch and presentation on the many valuable programs they provide the community.

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